How to keep yourself and your family safe this Christmas

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time for people to celebrate the end of the year with office parties, Christmas catch-ups and New Years celebrations.

There are plenty of parties, days without work, vacation trips with the family and the like. Unfortunately, the celebrations are paired with road accidents as well. If you’re not careful, you or your loved ones can get caught up in the holiday haze. Be prepared and read these tips.

Don’t drink and drive.

Always be alert on the road no matter what time of the day it is. If the other driver, or a pedestrian, is drunk while you’re driving, you can at least control the situation more and avert possible accidents. During the holidays, sometimes it’s impossible to refuse drinks from friends and family members. If you must drink, be sensible and ensure you’re sober before taking the wheel. Better yet, spend the night at the host’s place and drive the next day when your senses are okay again.

Condition your car for long trips.

If you are planning a trip to the beach or to see the family interstate, make sure your vehicle is in perfect condition. Check all the tyres, the brake pads, and the engine. Make sure you’re keeping yourself and all the passengers in your car as safe as possible. You might also want to check out the possible routes you can take for this trip. Choose the shortest, and the safest one. Minimise the risk, and if possible, update your insurance and make sure a trusted insurance company covers you just in case things head for an unexpected turn. Have your vehicle serviced before the trip just to be on the safe side.

Never let your guard down.

Accidents usually happen when one lets his/her guard down. These accidents can take one or two seconds to take place. You might be fumbling for something on the car’s floor, or admiring the scenery and not paying any attention to the road. An animal might be crossing the road and you just happen to be driving too fast. Pay attention to your speedometer and make sure you’re not distracted while driving. It’s better to be cautious than sorry.

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