Safety advice

Five driving tips for a carefree Christmas

Martorell,  12 December 2017

  • On blustery days, use a scraper to deice the windows on the outside and switch on the air conditioning to automatic to defog them on the inside
  • If your Christmas tree is bulky, secure it on the roof and ensure it only protrudes 15% of its length from the rear of the vehicle
  • During the holiday season, make sure you respect the safety distance and use safety systems like Front Assist when there is greater traffic density

- How should you load presents in the car?: The best way to safely carry packages is to “place them in the boot, but never on the rear parcel shelf or on the rear seats. If you do, and if you have to brake suddenly when driving at 50 km/h, a 30 kg package can multiply its weight by 25, so you’d have a 750 kg projectile loose in the car”, warns the expert. A good piece of advice is to “place the heavier packages on the floor of the boot as far back as possible and put the lighter ones on top”, adds Delgado. 

- Don’t sit at the wheel wearing bulky clothes: Although the outside temperature may be cold, you should avoid wearing your coat, gloves or scarf while driving. “They prevent you from moving freely and could compromise your safety. It’s better to regulate the thermostat and drive comfortably with a vehicle temperature of 22 °C”, says the Passive Safety expert.

- What’s the best way to defog the windows?: At this time of the year it is common for the windows to fog up. A lot of people usually wipe them with a cloth or their hand, but Javier recommends you to “activate the vehicle’s defog function and switch on the air conditioning to automatic to eliminate the humidity in the air”

- Getting home safe and sound: There is greater traffic density on the roads at this time of the years. For this reason, drivers should take extra precautions, and there are several driving assistants that can help: “Safety systems like Front Assist can detect other vehicles and pedestrians and become another set of eyes at the wheel that can help you avoid a possible collision”, concludes.

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