Christmas is a time of year when we traditionally see friends and family. That tends to mean a lot of travelling – whether by road, rail, or aircraft. Combine this with the adverse weather, and there’s potential for stress and difficulty. So what can we do to avoid problems?
Plan travel early
The earlier and more thoroughly you plan your trip, the easier it will be. You’re less likely to run into problems with capacity, and you’ll have a range of options to choose from when it comes to rail and air travel. If you’re booking tickets well in advance, moreover, then you may find that you end up spending significantly less money.
If you’re driving on British roads, it’s a legal requirement that you’re insured. Making sure your car insurance quote is up to date is critical; shop around and ensure that you’re covered before you set out.
If you’re travelling a long distance, then it’s worth spending a little bit of time and energy ensuring that you’re comfortable. That means dressing for the trip and packing a few blankets and cushions. If you know that you’re going to be spending time waiting on freezing railway platforms, then the importance of wrapping up warm becomes even more pressing. Don’t forget those woolly hats and gloves!
Prep your car
If your car isn’t up to the job of coping with the winter weather, then you’ll put yourself at increased risk of suffering a collision. Top up your screen wash. Check your oil. Make sure that your tyres are adequately inflated, and that the tread depth is well above the legal minimum. Make sure that any standing snow is cleared off the vehicle, and that you can see properly through all of your windows.
In some cases, you might want to swap your tyres for specialised winter ones. You might also elect to strap on a set of snow chains. In certain countries in Europe, these measures might actually be legally required – so do your research if you’re travelling overseas.
Finally, we should mention that an emergency kit is worth packing. This should include first aid supplies, food, tools, and blankets. If you do get stranded at the roadside, you’ll be glad you packed extra.
Pack in advance
The chances are that you have a lot of luggage to transport. Ideally, you’ll ensure that everything is packed in advance. Draw up a checklist and run through it as you pack. Put all of your personal items in one section of your luggage, and all of your gifts in another. If you need to add extra items, then you can always do it later.