You’re packing your car all wrong this Christmas – here’s how to do it and avoid a £2,500 fine | The Sun

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DRIVERS are being urged to pack their cars properly while out and about on the roads this Christmas.

Thousands of people will be loading their cars with presents this Festive period as they travel around the country to and from loved ones.

The motoring experts at Scrap Car Comparison are on hand to help and have put together some tips to help make sure that we all get home safely this Christmas.

The first pointer is to make sure you've packed your luggage in a way that won't affect your ability to drive.

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Under Section 40A of the Road Traffic Act 1898, it’s an offence to use a vehicle if it involves a danger of injury to any person.

This can include offences where loads on the vehicle aren’t correctly restrained, and can carry a maximum fine of £2,500 and three penalty points.


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It's also important to think about how the weight of your luggage is distributed.

Aim to load the heaviest items first, and position them towards the bottom and middle of the vehicle, with any lighter items slotting in above and to the sides.

And it’s important to make sure that you can see out of your windows and mirrors at all times, so it’s best to avoid stacking things too high in the car too.

Luggage or gifts that are packed too high are likely to move around in the event of sudden braking and could cause injuries.

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Dan Gick, managing director at Scrap Car Comparison said: “Getting out on the road at Christmas is always exciting, with the festive tunes and good cheer that comes with visiting friends and family sure to lift anyone’s spirits.

"However, with the additional loads that we’re likely to be carrying in our vehicles, it’s important to take our time and not rush the packing, as arranging luggage wrong in the vehicle can be hazardous in more ways than one. 

"Although packing up the car and preparing for a road trip may not be a fun task, it’ll definitely pay off to ensure that you arrive safely at your destination and without any hiccups en route."

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