Forget a partridge in a pear tree. Kevin’s put together 12 road safety tips to follow this winter – one for each day of Christmas!

1. Vehicle Fluid Checks

Check oil, screen fluid and water levels before you travel. Make sure you test them when the vehicle is cold!

2. Check Tyre Tread

The legal limit in the UK is 1.6mm. Test this by inserting a 20p coin into the tyre groove and if you can’t see the outer band on the coin your tyres are legal.

3. Plan Ahead

Plan journeys well in advance. Check travel updates and plan alternative routes if necessary.

4. Watch the Weather

Check weather warnings. Likewise, keep an eye on the weather forecast for any severe cases of snow, wind or ice.

5. Don’t Risk Severe Weather

Avoid travelling in cases of severe weather. If the weather gets really bad the best thing to do is avoid making any unnecessary journeys. You don’t have to tell me twice to stay at home with a cuppa!

6. Don’t Leave Work Planning Until Last Minute

Plan works well in advance. If you’re planning works that require traffic management from us, remember that some permit and licence applications can take up to 12 weeks to complete.

7. Stock Up

Keep your car well stocked in case or a break down. Essentials include de-icer, ice scraper, shovel, warm clothing, torch and snacks (I love a chocolate digestive!).

8. Protect Your Eyes

Remember sunglasses even in winter to reduce glare from the road in the winter sun!

9. Don’t Drink Drive

Don’t drink and drive. By all means enjoy a Christmas drink or two, but make sure you designate a sober driver to take you home!

10. Keep Your Distance

Keep a safe distance from the car in front. In bad weather your braking distance can increase by up to 10 times.

11. Remove Distractions

Distractions are dangerous. Twinkling and flashing Christmas lights on houses are pretty to look at, but try to keep your eyes on the road if you’re driving.

12. Stay Safe

Dial 1 for safety. Whilst you shouldn’t use a mobile phone behind the wheel, it’s a good idea to take a fully charged mobile phone with you on all journeys.