Staying safe over the summer holidays

26 December, 2017

Summer is here! We've prepared some simple safety tips to help you stay safe over Christmas and still enjoy your holidays:

  • Holiday driving
    • Have your car serviced and prepare an emergency pack with a blanket, torch and first aid kit
    • Be rested before a long drive and plan the trip so you share the driving and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue
    • Taking your furry friends on a road trip with you? Make sure you have appropriate restraints in the car for your pets!
  • Avoiding driver fatigue
    • Don’t push on to the next town if you are tired
    • Avoid driving when you are normally sleeping – this is the most dangerous time on the roads for fatigued motorists
    • Don’t drive beyond the speed limit
    • Stop every two hours for a 15-minute break
    • Eat well and drink plenty of sugar-free fluids
    • Adjust your driving to the conditions
  • Celebrating safely
    • Don’t drink or use drugs and drive (or boat); it’s not worth the risk to your life or anyone else’s
    • Have water between drinks, eat something, and remember that only time will make you sober
    • Pour your own drinks so that you can manage how much you consume
  • Taking care of your mental health
    • Pressure on your bank balance at this time of year fuels stress – talk to friends and family about how to keep Christmas fun, without breaking the bank
    • Emotions can be heightened at this time of year - giving yourself time and space to recognise this
    • Prioritise sleep, eating well and regular exercise
    • If all else fails, plan to debrief with someone you trust