Driving home for Christmas

“I’m driving home for Christmas. Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces.”

As one of the all-time great Christmas songs, Chris Rea knows how to spread the Christmas feeling. “Driving home for Christmas” puts us in the shoes of every man and woman finishing their last day of work before turning up the music and driving home to our loved ones for the Christmas break.

However the excitement of the most wonderful time of the year can often get the better of us. In this post, we’ll be talking about the actual drive home for Christmas and how you can improve your awareness, safety and even save money along the way.

Closing time

“And it’s been so long, but I will be there.” –  Take your eyes off the clock and make your final working hours of the year count! The last day before the Christmas break doesn’t have to be doom and gloom; create a plan for the day and stick to it. The office has a funny way of emitting Christmas joy as the day winds down.

Traffic conditions

“Top to tail in tailbacks.” – It is often difficult to gauge how busy the traffic is going to be during your journey home, so it’s always a good idea to check the roads before you leave the office to see if taking an alternative route would be beneficial to you.

Road conditions

“Oh, I got red lights all around.” – It’s been a while since we had a white Christmas, however as the cold weather approaches, road conditions can become treacherous, so it’s important to stay alert to the potential dangers you may face. If it’s icy, stick to the main roads for safety and always ensure your car is safe to drive in these conditions. Remain in a high gear if you happen to come across ice, and keep chains or snow socks in the car just in case.

Always be prepared

“Get my feet on holy ground.” – At the end of the day, no matter how long it may take, you want to get home safely to your loved ones. In the event of your car breaking down, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to stay safe. Firstly, ensure that you have enough clothing to keep yourself warm whilst waiting for a tow; it can get pretty cold this time of year! Secondly, ensure you have the equipment needed to alert other drivers – e.g. a reflective triangle warning cone.

Christmas music

“I sing this song, to pass the time away.” – Christmas music is a wonderful thing. It has the power to spread joy and allows you to truly embrace the warm festive feeling during your drive home. Create a playlist or CD of all your favourite Christmas songs ahead of your journey and sing along to your heart’s content! 

Energy saving

“I take a look at the driver next to me, he’s just the same.” – There are a lot of vehicles on the roads these days, and it can get particularly busy around the Christmas period. But there is a way to reduce emissions, helping the environment and saving you money on fuel. Car sharing is the perfect way to do this and gives the extra incentive for a Christmas carpool karaoke! Take a look at the driver next to you, they’re just the same!

Did you know that as part of the Commercial Services Group, we are able to offer you so much more than just energy savings?  Our sister company, CTS, offer a range of automotive services including MOT testing and servicing, lease, and casual car hire for a variety of vehicles. They have over 50 years’ experience in the industry and have built up a reputation of trust and flexibility to ensure you will always have a happy drive home for Christmas. For more information about what CTS can offer you, please visit www.ctsvehicleservices.co.uk

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