Driver training specialist IAM Drive & Survive is offering weekly motoring tips to drivers from its head of training, Simon Elstow. This week he is giving advice for avoiding temptation in the Christmas period.

    Elstow said: “Now is the time of festive fun and this often involves Christmas parties. If you’re heading out for a few drinks, make sure you have planned your journey home.”

    Elstow offers tips on driving over the Christmas period:

    • Don’t try and calculate whether or not you are over the limit.
    • Drinks poured at home are usually larger than pub measures.
    • If you drive to a party and drink more than you expected to, don’t risk it.  Book yourself a taxi or arrange for a friend or family member to collect you from your location.
    • A drinking session the night before might put you over the legal limit the following day. Keep this in mind and organise alternative travel plans for the next day.
    • If you know someone has been drinking, don’t let them give you a lift or drive home.

    Elstow said: “Drinking and driving has serious consequences. It is not only about your safety, but other road users. It is not worth the risk.”