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‘Tis the season to drive safely…
‘Tis the season to drive safely…

It’s that time of year again; where the world and their offspring load up their motors to visit loved ones and spread festive cheer. Here are a few tips to make sure that your Yuletide driving is happy and stress-free, particularly if you’ve had the wisdom to take the all-new Forester e-BOXER as your chariot of choice.

While there’s nothing lovelier than the warm and fuzzy feeling that you get from visiting your nearest and dearest during the festive season, there is perhaps the slight downside that in most cases you’re probably going to have to drive there.

Even in a Subaru, you’re still going to have to do battle with the weather and the plethora of other road users that only venture out on longer journeys a few times a year. For many of us, there’s often a troop of restless kids in the back, too. The good news is, a Subaru makes the perfect travelling companion, no matter where your plans take you this festive season.

You may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but we all know the chaos that snowfall can bring to the UK’s roads. Thankfully, all Subaru SUVs – plus Levorg and Impreza – are fitted with an array of impressive safety features as standard, in addition to having the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. In fact, all-new Forester e-BOXER achieved the highest ever score in its class in the Child Occupant Protection test. Put simply, there’s probably no safer or more reassuring place for you all to be over the holidays.

Even if you’re driving on icy or snow-covered roads, it’s nothing a Subaru can’t handle thanks to the combination of permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and low-mounted Boxer engine. Delivering the right amount of power to the right wheel at the right time, you’ll have tenacious grip and control in all conditions. All Subaru SUVs are able to reach and traverse the most remote snow-covered country lanes – so even if your relatives have moved to the Highlands, there’s every chance you’re still going to make it in time to see if Santa’s been. In the new e-BOXER self-charging hybrid range – Forester and XV – the extra torque at your disposal from Motor Assist makes driving even easier and more sure-footed when the going gets rough.

With the Vehicle Dynamics Control System that underpins every Subaru, you’ll be kept safe in the most treacherous driving conditions. This active safety system analyses whether the vehicle is following your intended course via an array of sensors. Should your car begin to veer from its intended path, the All-Wheel Drive torque distribution, engine output and brakes at each wheel automatically adjust to assist in keeping the vehicle pointing precisely where you want it to go – even if that turns out to be the in-laws!

If you’re planning off-road adventures over the holidays, X-MODE with Hill Descent Control – fitted as standard across the SUV range – offers a helping hand to make climbing and descending steep, slippery surfaces controlled, calm and worry-free. When activated, X-MODE takes command of the engine, transmission, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, brakes and other components of your vehicle to provide the best traction and grip in difficult conditions. All you have to do is steer. All-new Forester is fitted with two-stage X-MODE. Simply select [SNOW/DIRT] for slippery surfaces covered with snow, dirt or gravel, or [D.SNOW/MUD] for especially treacherous road conditions such as deep snow, mud or dry dirt. With X-MODE at hand, there’s not much out there to stand between you and your Christmas dinner.

With a car full of the kids, the dog, several kilos of presents and your overnight gear, having an extra set of eyes on the road gives you great peace of mind. EyeSight driver assist technology – fitted as standard on the Subaru SUV range, Levorg and Impreza – uses dual cameras to detect other vehicles, motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians and warns you if a potential hazard is identified, even applying the brakes if necessary to help keep you and your family safe when it matters most. Even when you’re trying to referee a squabbling match between your offspring in the back seat at the same time!

Subaru’s Driver Monitoring System, fitted as standard on Forester e-BOXER models, employs facial recognition technology to detect driver distraction, alerting the driver with audio and visual warnings to ensure that attention is firmly on the road ahead.

With the roads snarled up with festive traffic and everyone rushing to their destinations, it’s likely that some cars around you aren’t going to be driving in the most predictable of manners. The excellent visibility in every Subaru is a great start in keeping you safe. All Subaru models (excluding BRZ) are fitted with Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, which monitors your rear blind spots to make lane changing and reversing safer.

We’ve even got you covered when you’re on the hunt for those last few parking spaces in the festive rush. A Reversing Camera plus Front and Side View Cameras reduce blind spots around your vehicle to help you with those tricky manoeuvres. All-new Forester is also fitted with Reverse Automatic Braking, using sensors on the rear bumper to warn you of potential collision danger – and even applying the brakes for you if required.

Whoever you’re going to see, and wherever you’re heading this festive season, remember to prepare well, fill up with fuel before you leave and pack plenty of warm clothes, a few snacks and a flask of warm drink. After all, the people on the road ahead of you may not have chosen their transport quite so well. Happy motoring!

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