December 22, 2019

Car servicing Christchurch – The holiday season brings a number of unique driving risks. During this time of year, there can be difficult weather conditions, limited daylight, and drivers in unfamiliar areas. Here are seven ways you can drive safely and smartly this holiday season.

1. Plan Ahead

Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is in good shape for travel. This is especially important for long distance driving. Check the weather before heading out to ensure the roads are safe to drive on.

Get your vehicle checked.  If you don’t feel confident about checking your own vehicle, take it to a professional (like us!) for a safety check where an inspector will review a number of common factors that are likely to contribute towards an unsafe car.

2. Stay Fresh And Alert

Make sure you’re well-rested before a long drive. A study discovered that, from 2009 to 2013, 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths were attributed to driver fatigue. Plan the trip so you share the driving and take regular breaks to avoid drowsy driving.

3. Mind Your Speed

Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to the traffic around you. For every one percent increase in speed, a driver’s chance of an accident increases by two percent, the chance of serious injury increases by three percent, and the chance of a fatality increases by about four percent.

4. Drive Defensively

Increased holiday traffic and road conditions can be frustrating. Put the safety of everyone in your car first by letting impatient and aggressive drivers pass you or go through the intersection ahead of you so that you control the situation.

5. Don’t Drive Impaired

If you plan to drink, don’t plan to drive. Using a designated driver when you have a couple of holiday refreshments is always the safest choice.

6. Avoid Distractions

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for up to five seconds. At 100 km/hour, that’s enough time to travel the distance of an entire rugby field. Driving requires your full attention. When you’re able to do so safely, pull off to the side of the road or find the nearest rest stop when you have to use your mobile phone.