FG Barnes encourages drivers to buckle-up on safe driving tips this Christmas
By bianca16 | Friday, December 16, 2011, 15:35
Local Vauxhall retailer, FG Barnes
Stay safe on the roads this Christmas, whatever the weather
in Guildford, together with the Royal Society
for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), is encouraging motorists to take care
on the roads this Christmas, after a customer survey* revealed that even if bad
weather hits, more than two thirds of people would still travel by car to visit
friends and family.
What's more, worryingly, only
22% said they would undertake tyre checks on their vehicle and only 30% would
pack bad weather accessories or extra provisions such as blankets, food and
emergency kits ahead of setting off in the snow.
Goodchild, Retail Operator at FG Barnes,
comments: "With such a high percentage of people determined to take to the
roads this Christmas, whatever the weather, it is quite alarming that so few
would take the correct precautions to help improve their safety."
Dangers of fatigue
But it's not just bad weather
that drivers should be prepared for; tiredness is a major contributing factor
to road traffic accidents. According to RoSPA, crashes caused by tired drivers
are most likely to happen on long journeys, on monotonous roads such as
And it seems long journeys are a
matter of course over the festive period, with 100% of respondents saying they
will be making at least one long trip this Christmas and a staggering one in
five estimating that they will travel an average of more than 200 miles on each
journey to visit family and friends.
So, with many families planning
to undertake long journeys, half of which are predicted to take place on
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day, it's more important than ever for
drivers to be mindful of taking regular breaks and avoiding driving whilst
And whilst results indicate that
the peak travel time for Christmas journeys will be between 10am and 2pm, 14%
of respondents say they will either travel between 2pm and 4pm or 2am and 6am,
which according to RoSPA, are the times when the most number of crashes caused
by tiredness are likely to occur.
Staying safe this Christmas
Providing advice on how to stay
safe on the roads this Christmas, Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA,
comments: "Weather conditions such as snow, ice and fog make driving extremely
difficult and a lot more dangerous, particularly at this time of year when
daylight hours are short.
"However, there are top tips
drivers can take on board to maintain safe winter driving, such as being fully
prepared for all weather conditions, ensuring they themselves are in a fit
state to take to the wheel and of course, making sure vehicles are in a good
Fortunately, FG Barnes
on Woking Road is on hand to offer advice
to help keep motorists safe this winter.
Goodchild adds: "Visiting friends and family is an important part of
Christmas, and here at FG Barnes, we are
keen to ensure that drivers in Guildford
are fully prepared for whatever weather comes their way and that they know how
to stay safe in adverse conditions on their journeys.
"Some parts of the UK are
already experiencing the first snowfall, so now is the ideal time to prepare
your car for travelling throughout Christmas by stocking up on accessories and
taking advantage of a Winter Safety Check."
Available from just £35, expertly-trained Vauxhall MasterFit technicians
at FG Barnes
will visually check customers' Vauxhall cars for any potential safety
issues, ensure tyres are inflated to their optimum, perform any advised
software updates and top up all vital fluids.
Barnes is also
well-stocked with a comprehensive range of winter car care accessories,
including the popular and highly effective AutoSock Snow Socks costing from
only £49.95. These innovative and reusable tyre covers are easily fitted over
the driving wheels of a vehicle to give extra traction on snow and ice,
reducing the risk of an accident in slippery conditions.
And for a limited time FG Barnes will offer drivers of Vauxhalls
over 3 years old a winter service for just £129** which comes with a free set
of AutoSock Snow Socks!
Steve Goodchild concludes: "If you do find
yourself driving on icy or snowy roads, drive very smoothly. Slow down gently
by easing off the throttle and try to avoid applying the brakes. Plan your
journeys in advance, allow extra time and just in case anything does happen,
it's always worth carrying suitable emergency supplies such as food, blankets,
water and First Aid kits in the car with you."
For further information about
winter safety checks and products available from FG Barnes, please visit Slyfield Industrial Estate, Woking Road, Guildford, Surrey
GU1 1RT. Alternatively, call 08433 206205 or go online to www.fg-barnes.co.uk.
survey conducted online, December 2011 with 500 respondents
**Offer applies to interim services only and to Vauxhall
passenger cars and commercial vehicles over three years (36 months) old. It
cannot be taken in conjunction with any other promotion and is for retail
customers only. There's no cash alternative. Service must be completed before
29 February 2012. The free set of AutoSock snow socks can only be for the
serviced vehicle. If your vehicle's wheel size is 18 inches or larger, your
service will cost £139. You must mention this promotion when booking your
service as it cannot be awarded retrospectively. Vauxhall reserves the right to
modify the terms of this promotion at any time. Offer available at
participating Retailers only.
RoSPA is a registered charity that has been at the heart of
accident prevention in the UK and around the world for more than 90 years. Its
mission is to save lives and reduce injuries and it promotes safety and the
prevention of accidents at work, at leisure, on the road, in the home and
through safety education. See www.rospa.com for more information.