Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is giving advice for staying safe and secure at Christmas.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “Christmas shopping brings with it countless stresses, but getting your car broken into is one you can avoid by remembering a few festive tips.”
Rodger offers tips on keeping your vehicle safe this Christmas:
- Park your vehicle in a well-lit and open area.
- Some councils offer free parking over Christmas – it is worth checking on your local authority website or contact centre.
- Keep all valuables, including presents out of sight – if the boot is full, try to store items in your glove box or under the seats.
- Steering locks serve as an effective deterrent; if you have one, be sure to secure it whenever you leave your vehicle.
- Remove all traces of your satnav, including cradles and tell-tale ring marks on the windscreen.
Rodger said: “The combination of cold weather and the approach of Christmas sends shoppers to local shopping centres and supermarkets. Don’t let your car become a target for thieves while you wander round the lingerie department.”
To help drivers stay safe this winter, the IAM has launched a new website, drivingadvice.org.uk, with traffic updates, weather forecasts and tips on how to drive safely in winter.
Tips cover rain, snow, ice, fog and wind – everything you can expect in a typically unpredictable British winter. Check it out before you travel.
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