6 Driving Tips for This Holiday Season

The holidays are one of the best times of the year! We at First Stop Car and Tyre Services want you to get to your destination safely and that’s why we prepared 6 handy driving tips for this holiday season.

  1. Don’t drink and drive

Every year, motorists are being warned about the pitfalls of drink driving. In 2019, there was a 17% increase in the number of drivers arrested for driving under influence of alcohol and drugs (RSA). Selfish actions of drunk drivers can cost lives. Don’t be that person. Make sure you know how you’re getting home, whether by taxi, with a designated driver or public transport. 

  1. Don’t text and drive

Did you know your mobile phone makes you four times more likely to crash?

You’re driving and suddenly you realize you forgot to reply to an email. Your better half just texted you. Should I reply, you think to yourself. You know it’s dangerous.

You know you’re one decision away of not paying attention to the road.

Distracted driving could be a factor in as many 20-30% of all collisions in Ireland, according to RSA. This means that driver distraction could be a contributory factor in over 1,400 fatal and injury collisions annually.

Having your full attention is never more important than when you have the lives of other road users in your hands.

Put your phone down. The text can wait.

  1. Plan ahead

In winter, your car may take a little longer to get started in the morning. Allow extra time for any journey you are taking. Accept that you may find yourself running late. If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, "black ice”- one of winters worst hazards. Prioritise your own safety and that of other road users.

  1. Mind your speed

Always adhere to the speed limit. Driving too fast or too slowly can be a potential hazard.  This will give you time to decide which routes are the safest, and to avoid roadworks and bad weather. Increase your following distance when visibility is poor. Slow down. Keep the distance between you and the vehicle in front. Avoid harsh braking and acceleration. Also, drive defensively. Don’t assume that other drivers will do what they are supposed to do.

  1. Stay alert

Don't drive tired. Fatigue affects your concentration and slows down your reactions. Drink a cup of coffee and stretch. Open the window to let the fresh air into the car. Turn the radio on. Listen to local weather and traffic reports. Pull over and take a break from driving

  1. Car pre-checks

Make sure your car doesn’t let you down this holiday season. Give your car a visual inspection. Incorporate pre-checks into daily routine!

Ensure your tyres have good tread depths and check them for any signs of damage. Check the levels of your oil, coolant and windscreen washer. 

Safe driving!