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It seems like a stupidly obvious thing to say, but be safe both as drivers and as passengers. Accidents happen all the time, especially around this time of year. Your friends and family want you home, so keep these things in mind:

1. Be careful on country lanes

Despite many narrow country lanes being the national speed limit, this does not mean that you have to drive AT the speed limit. You don’t know what could be just around the corner, whether it be a cyclist, a horse and rider, another car or a tractor. Better to be on the safe side than on the broken side.

2. DON’T DRINK DRIVE!

I doesn’t matter if it’s 5 minutes down the road, or it’s really quiet at this time of night, or if you’re too tired to walk! How would you feel if it was someone’s child or partner or parent you killed because you just didn’t see them in time? How would you feel if it were your child or partner or parent who was killed..?

3. Don’t get in a car with a drink driver

I actually did this myself recently and completely regretted it. We were just going to get a curry, but as he was parking he took about 15 attempts before abandoning the car with one wheel on the pavement, one wheel off, and having hit the car behind (thankfully it hadn’t left any marks). I regretted it hugely. I think one of the things with being a passenger is having the determination to say no, even when the other person may be very insulted or angry because they see themselves as perfectly capable. Being drunk makes you feel capable of most things! You need to be able to have the confidence in yourself to say no, keep yourself safe and hopefully make them reflect on their actions in the future, if you can’t take the keys off them. That is your priority, for your sake, and your loved ones.

4. Keep your cool

There are some terrible drivers on the road. I am one of them! I’ve only just got my car, and I am still VERY nervous in it as I know exactly how quickly I can snuff myself or others out if I make a mistake, regardless of other road-ragey drivers who get frustrated if you travel at the speed limit, or take too long to judge a junction. I will make sure to pull over if I can see someone getting frustrated with me. At the same time, it won’t kill you to travel 5mph less, but it may kill you if you make a rash decision in the heat of the moment.