posted 4 years ago

IAM Driving Tips – Staying Safe at Christmas

Staying safe and secure this Christmas is more important than writing a polite letter to Santa.

Staying safe and secure this Christmas is more important than writing a polite letter to Santa. A such, Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist - Simon Elstow - has some straightforward tips to help motorists minimise the risks. His advice is:

- Park in a well-lit and open area.

- Some councils offer free parking over Christmas; it is worth checking with your local council.

- Keep all valuables, including presents out of sight.

- Secure your steering lock, if you have one.

- Remove all traces of your sat-nav including cradles and tell-tale ring marks.

- Don’t leave your vehicle with the engine running to defrost your windows.

- Lock it whenever you leave it, even on forecourts.

Mr Elstow said: “The combination of cold weather and Christmas often sends shoppers to local shopping centres and supermarkets. Don’t let your car become a target for thieves.”