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Be kind, be happy and be safe

Merry and bright

Whatever you celebrate round about this time each year, we hope you have a splendid one.

If you're driving over Christmas

The roads just get more dangerous from here on (Christmas parties, icy-dark nights and overexcited humans) so please take care of yourself and your friends.

Police ramp up their spot checks over Christmas so the absolute best strategy, as always, is not letting an alcoholic drink (or joint or whichever poison you're partial to) even touch your lips.

There is no feeling like being able to say to a police officer: "Not a single drop, my good (wo)man."

They may ask you to step outside the vehicle if you say those exact words, though.

Being a passenger over the break

A good mate is a mate who tells you when you're being an idiot.

Don't let someone else put you in danger. If you're worried by how much your driver has drunk, how they're behaving or what someone else in the car is doing, tell them to let you out. Optimum course of action: don't get in the car at all if you're not sure.

The best present your family could get this Christmas is you, safe and well. Even if that means picking you up at 2am in their pyjamas, with a very cross face.

Happy Christmas, ingenie family!


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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