As Christmas approaches, most of us will be trying to get in and out of the country’s city centres to prepare for the big day. As those roads get busier traffic often grinds to a very annoying halt, making it is easy to get frustrated and forget that Christmas spirit.
So Be Wiser Insurance has a few humble suggestions to reduce your stress levels while venturing out during those “dangerous” shopping times in November and December.
Firstly before you leave the house, consider if your usual route into the city centre is going to be busy. Chances are it is everyone else’s usual route, too. So try planning a different route to avoid some of the chaos and make your trip a little less stressful. Also beware going past those bowling alleys, ice rinks or McDonald’s style drive-ins. What was a simple right turn near these places every other day of the week can become a nightmare blockage in the Christmas run up as parents happily indulge their children at these places rather than bring them along to the shops. So do give yourself a little extra time if you anticipate traffic, especially if you have any appointments that you don’t want to miss.
As it gets closer to Christmas, parking traditionally proves to be a challenge especially if you leave it late in the day. Not only does it get difficult to find a space if you don’t arrive early, but just getting in and out of the car park can be stressful. So avoid the gridlock on the way in by getting there as early as possible. If you get there just before the shops open, you’ll also have a little bit of time to look around before the crowds get too manic or you could just take a rest and enjoy a quiet coffee before the hordes arrive.
Do remember if you do find yourself in heavy traffic to be courteous to other drivers and let people in front of you when they’re struggling to get out of car parks or side roads. It’s just possible that they want to get home and let you have their parking spot.
Mark Bower-Dyke, chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
“Giving way to other drivers feels good, and you would want people to do the same for you. So when other drivers see you as being courteous, they may also be courteous to you in return, making everyone’s journeys just a little easier.”
Lastly, remember it’s supposed to be a fun time of year – oh, and make sure there is plenty of change to feed those hungry parking machines.