You might think you’ve been organised when it comes to giving gifts for family and friends this Christmas, but have you given much thought to planning any journey by car?
Drivers are being warned to plan ahead when travelling in the lead-up to Christmas, after experts predicted that Friday, 22 December would be the busiest day on the roads – leading it to be dubbed “Frantic Friday”.
More than 20m vehicles are expected to take to roads over the Christmas period. And because Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year, a combination of commuters and those setting off for Christmas is predicted to lead to the highest number of traffic jams.
Inrix, a transport analytics firm, warned that last year, there were more than 300 traffic jams at a peak of around 5pm on Friday, 23 December. Continue reading
Whether you know someone that drives for a living, potters about with cars at the weekend or is a young, enthusiastic petrolhead hooked on repeats of Top Gear and video games, Christmas is the time to treat them to a gift that will get their motor revving.
Our suggestions range from practical presents to neat gadgets. So get in the festive spirit and let these ideas serve as a short cut to inspiration for treating that special someone. Wrapping paper not included!
Car showrooms aren’t exactly rammed with people in the run-up to Xmas. But there might be a good reason for that…
Is it time to change your car? Looking for a bargain new or used motor? If that’s the case, it could be time to dust off your haggling skills and go December car buying. Of all the times of the year, the run up to Christmas is arguably the best to grab a car bargain. But will it save you in the long run? We weigh up the pros and cons of buying a car in December.
Why December may not be the best time to buy a car
This is what the Christmas break will mean for more than half a million drivers
Driving home for Xmas with the family is waning in popularity. But of the millions of car owners who do make the trip home for Christmas, 510,000 will be delayed on the way by a conked out car. According to Green Flag research, between December 24th and 29th, there will be a breakdown every six seconds.
Throughout December and January, Green Flag warns there will be 900,000 breakdowns. Despite that, only 23 per cent of drivers now carry a tool kit in their car. However, 41 per cent do have a first aid kit; 44 per cent will be carrying water and 74 per cent of British drivers will be armed with their trusty ice scraper.
It’s a scenario familiar to many drivers: the phone rings and it’s your wife asking to be collected from the train station. But you’ve drunk more than one glass of wine with dinner and you’re not really sure whether it’s a good idea to get behind the wheel.
It isn’t. At least, that’s the message from Think!, the road safety campaigning arm of the Department for Transport (DfT). Its seasonal Christmas driver safety adverts remind drivers that they mustn’t give in to peer pressure to drink and drive.It also tells drinkers that they shouldn’t pressure drivers into joining them for ‘just one more’ before they hit the road. It comes in response to DfT figures that show the number of casualties in the UK caused by drink drivers increased in 2014 compared to the previous year.