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Driving home for Christmas!

How on earth does Santa make it around the world in one night when driving home for Christmas can be super stressful!

Sean O'Neill

Driving home for Christmas

 

Driving home for Christmas can either be considered exciting or worrying. Exciting because you’re going to see everyone like your family and friends, but worrying, because you just know you’ve got so much to do in such little time. 

 

So here at Veygo we know the stress of travelling around the country trying to visit all your family and friends, and trying to get everyone everything they deserve, so we’re going to throw a few things together in this article to help you out!

Know your journeys 

So as simple as it sounds about driving home for Christmas it may not just be from point A to point B. Home may just mean a town or a county where all of your friends and close family live. Or maybe you’re heading somewhere where part of your family lives and then you may be travelling to a different area to see other parts of your family.

 

Family

So, first of all, let’s talk about going to see family. If you’re travelling back, you’ll probably want to see your parents. You may be at the age where siblings are a bit older and moved out and want to visit them, or maybe even go see grandparents who live in a close area. 

 

As you get older you realise Christmas is less about getting gifts and more about giving and having a good time with your family. So, make sure to set time aside and visit everyone you can. This way everyone is happy, and you can rest easy. 

 

Friends

It’s that time of year where most people are super busy and excited so you’re going to want to optimise your time and efforts to enjoy the holidays as much as you can! As much as it may sound like it’s not fun, some careful planning can help you to efficiently get around to see and enjoy with everyone.

 

Not only should you make the effort to see your family but spending time with friends is a good way to make use of your time during Christmas! As nice as it is to see family, you don’t want to be thinking “Wish I had made time to have fun with friends” as Christmas is a great time for going out and celebrating and enjoying! 

 

Home from uni

This is really a combination of the two, but it’s its own category, as you’re likely to have plenty of free time (not forgetting your assignments). So, this gives you ample opportunity to get about and see everyone! 

One way to take advantage of this would be to get on some of Veygo’s temporary car insurance. Doing this is a great way to get insured on someone else’s car over Christmas giving you the freedom you need to see everyone!

Once you’re home…

When you’re eventually home, you’re going to need to get about. That’s where we at Veygo come into it! You may have taken public transport or a lift to get to your destination, that’s fine, but when you’re in said location, you’re going to want some means to get around. 

 

As previously mentioned, we offer temporary car insurance, purchasing this will allow you to get insured on a friend or family member’s car from as little as 1 hour to 60 days, which is the ideal time frame for when you’re visiting home for Christmas! 

 

Getting temporary insurance with Veygo is more than just being able to drive someone else’s car while you’re home for Christmas! It saves you having to get about on public transport. 

 

Public transport this time of year is potentially at its worst, not only is it always busy and loads of people everywhere, there’s cancellations and not to mention how cold and wet the weather is! Compare that to sitting in your own car with a bit of Chris Rea on and the heating on full whack! Two completely different experiences..

 

Not only avoiding the inconvenience of public transport, but also if you’re travelling far, you may be able to save some money or effort by sharing a lift. If you’re car sharing not only will you be able to split the cost of fuel, but share the effort of driving. 

 

With Veygo temporary insurance you’d be able to get both people insured on the car and do half of the journey each! So not only do you save yourself some inconvenience, but there’s also ample opportunity to save some money! 

 

If you plan well and set times to see everyone this means that not only, will you be able to get around everyone, but can also help you to get about more safely. A part of driving this time of year isn’t just to have fun, you’ve also got to be considerate to others (on the roads as well as getting them gifts). 

For some tips on driving this winter check out the following article Driving in winter: tips for driving in rain, snow and ice 

Going away for Christmas

Very similar to driving home for Christmas you’re going to need to plan, however, going away somewhere usually means you’ve planned ahead! You’ve likely sorted a way there and some accommodation, probably some activities as well! 

 

Let’s talk a little bit more about the planning, one thing people usually forget about is parking. Not only is parking an issue when going away, but knowing where’s safe to park is always helpful. Making sure your accommodation has parking is pretty simple, just contact whoever owns the accommodation and they should be able to help. Alternatively do a thorough search online and you should be able to find somewhere! 

 

An advantage of scouting the area online for parking is finding recommendations of what to do in the area. This time of year, you’ll almost certainly be looking for a Christmas market, even if it’s just to walk through and have a quick gander. But also finding other places to visit like fun activities or nice places to go out for a meal. 

 

Despite having access to live maps on your phones or sat navs having a rough idea of the route ahead is useful, just in case of any accidents or needing alternative routes, so maybe familiarise yourself with some hotspots in and around the area you’re planning to go to. 

 

Finally, whoever you’re going away with, consider splitting the journey, it’ll prevent either driver from getting too tired and make it safer! You can simply do this by buying some temporary car insurance with Veygo, and it’s really cheap and simple to do! 

 

This applies for the drive home, possibly even more so as you’re more likely to be tired after a trip away and will want the journey to be as safe as possible! 

And as always, if you’re a learner driver just looking to get some extra practice in or already have a licence and looking to use another car, Veygo offers both learner driver insurance and temporary car insurance for any situation!

Sean O'Neill
Sean O'Neill

Having studied English literature in university I now work within motor insurance and work closely with data teams to understand market trends in short-term car insurance and hot topics that might be helpful to car drivers out there. I'm currently learning to drive and taking driving lessons to get out on the road by myself soon!

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