AA advice on how to load your car this festive season

Leonie McKiernan

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Leonie McKiernan

AA advice on how to load your car this festive season

With all the extra shopping we'll be packing into our cars over the coming weeks, here is some advice from the AA on how to load up without causing problems.

- Bear in mind that heavy loads are likely to affect the car’s handling and performance. Stopping distances will be increased.
Make sure everything is secure. Stuff sliding around or tipping over whenever you brake or turn will be irritating at best and dangerously distracting at worst. A box or bag may be better wedged into a rear foot-well rather than left sliding around in an otherwise empty boot.
- If you’re loading heavy items like cases of wine/beer, push them tight up against the back of the rear seat. This will reduce the risk of them bursting through in a crash and gives better weight distribution and handling.
- Plan for a puncture. Think about how you will get to the spare in an emergency. Using several soft bags rather than throwing things in loose will make it much easier to get to the spare wheel if you or an AA Patrol needs to do so in an emergency.