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Christmas crashes needn't be calamitous

It's that time of year again. The weather's warming-up, the cricket's on the TV again and our thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping, holidays and getting together with friends and family.

It should be a happy time for all, of course, but all too often the festive season is marred by accidents, and especially accidents on the road. In fact the Christmas holidays are notorious for car crashes. Increased traffic, distractions, tiredness and even stress can turn into a dangerous combination on our roads.

Fleetcare values safe driving, so here are some tips from us to help make sure your festive season goes off without a hitch:

Plan ahead but be ready to change

It's worth planning your trip ahead of time, choosing the route you'll be taking and scheduling some stops on long journeys.

Drive to the conditions

The weather, the state of the traffic, the speed limits and your over-excited little darlings in the back are all part of the "conditions," so drive accordingly.

Be patient

Holiday driving can be stressful. Just take a deep breath, relax and rest assured that you may be a little late but you'll get there.

Don't drive tired

Fatigue is a major source of accidents, so try to get plenty of sleep, take a break every two hours on long journeys and limit your driving to eight-to-ten hours a day.

Buckle those seatbelts

Don't forget to make sure the kids are buckled up safely with the seat belts properly adjusted and fastened before driving off – it's easily overlooked when you have a lot on your mind. Pay particular attention to child restraints and booster seats. – they're vitally important.

Sometimes accidents happen despite all your careful driving and precautions. It's always crowded and hectic on the roads at this time of year after all. Just remember that should the worst occur it needn't be a Christmas calamity because Fleetcare Crash Management is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And yes, that includes the "silly season".

Fleetcare Crash Management

If you're unlucky enough to have an accident over Christmas, or any other time, Fleetcare is just a phone call away with all the experienced on-the-spot support you need at the very time you need it most.

We work hard to minimise your costs and reduce the risk and inconvenience to you from "go to woe". Relax, we'll take care of moving and handling your damaged vehicle and arrange for repairs at a Fleetcare authorised repairer. We'll liaise with your insurer, making sure to review and approve the repair quotations before any work starts. Once those repairs are under way we'll keep you up-to-speed with progress and we'll make sure the work's been completed properly. You can breathe easy over Christmas knowing that at least the repairs on your vehicle will have a lifetime guarantee through the Fleetcare authorised repairer network.

No one wants an accident over Christmas of course, but should it happen Fleetcare Crash Management will be there for you. We'll even arrange a replacement vehicle to help ensure that it doesn't turn into a total Christmas catastrophe.

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