Driving home for Christmas?

Are you a victim of a Christmas traffic jam resulting in you ruining Christmas day because the dinner got cold!? Not this year… a combination of Christmas falling on a weekend, the weather and Highways England completing 400 miles of roadworks should ease the strain on Britain’s roads this holiday season. The RAC has predicted that 28million of us will make trips before boxing day as part of the Christmas getaway.

This year Christmas day falls on a Sunday freeing up more days for people to spread out their journeys. The usual Christmas Eve rush is predicted to be avoided with many planning to travel today. This will spread the number of drivers on the road but if it was me I would pick the 24th due to the mix of rush hour traffic building later today as it is the last working day for many. The madness won’t settle on Christmas day either with 3.5million trips being made up and down the country to try and make it just in time for the Christmas carving with all the family.

A white Christmas would be wonderful, wouldn’t it? Sorry to disappoint but it doesn’t look that way this year with not even a chill in the air the forecast is set to be mild, dull and drizzly; light those candles I say! On the bright side this is good news for driving conditions with no ice or snow.

Highways England are certainly doing their bit to help this year by completing 400 miles of roadworks before the Christmas rush which are now finished and due to restart on 3rd January, just in time for that first trip back to work! This will leave 98% of a 9,534-mile network free of disruption from construction meaning more lanes will be open and speed restrictions will be lifted. They will also have traffic officers on duty throughout the Christmas period, up and down the country to assist in clearing any incidents which should be completed within the hour.

TOP TIPS:

  • Prep the car – petrol, oil, water, tyres etc.
  • Check traffic reports to plan necessary diversions
  • Check out the weather display for a best time to set off
  • Prepare for delay with lots of water, snacks and blankets
  • Set out with a fully charged phone stored away whilst driving

TOP PICKS:

  • Dashboard cameras – ensure you don’t get bullied by intimidated drivers on the motorway and record every minute of your drive. You may also record some entertaining memories with the family sing along in the car
  • Speed camera warning systems – Christmas is expensive enough without a hefty speeding fine on top
  • Handsfree Bluetooth car kits – don’t miss an important call or risk driving whilst on the phone with a handsfree kit that works via your phones bluetooth
  • Lock security – visiting family and leaving your car in an unknown area? Ensure maximum security with our slamlocks and deadlocks
  • Rhino roof racks and bars – us ladies do not pack light so our Rhino products will offer maximum load space
  • Sat nav – not great at directions and don’t have a trustworthy map reader as a passenger? Invest in a sat nav system that you can rely on
  • Audio – long journeys are boring and people do get tired of eye spy! An audio system will help pass the time along with the rows over what you listen to

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