If your family are anything like mine we seem to be spending more and more hours on road. Whether it traveling between the two hours we currently reside in. Trips to see family or exciting days out. The car is a place which on average we spend up to 2 hours a day in per week day and this can increase on a weekend.
As a result of spending so many hours in the car we need to make sure that our car is always ready at all times for the trips we are making. Whether this be making sure we have snacks and juice for Jess so she doesn’t become too grumpy should we end up stuck in a traffic jam for a long period of time. Miles from anywhere would be our luck I always make sure that we have these supplies stocked up.
Making sure that we have some good music is also essential for us. Some of the drives which undertake are long motorway routes. Meaning that there is no beautiful views so having music on can help pass the time. One of the CDs which we have been loving is the now that’s what I call Rock music. I also had Spotify which allows us to choose songs based on our mood. This reminds me before our next road trip I might have a look and invest in another CD.
As Jess is still only 2 making sure that we have a spare set of clothes within the car. She does still struggle with car sickness and has had to travel in just a nappy before. She can get very messy and wet in days out which means that she would be uncomfortable to travel home. Which would no doubt end up resulting in a tantrum all the way home. Something for sure we want to avoid.
As a result of living in the UK and the large amount of rain we seem to get here in Yorkshire. The windscreen always seems to be dirty so making sure that your car has enough screen wash in is important. Before going on a long road trip make sure that you have it topped up because you never want to be in the position where you go to use the screen wash and it’s run out leaving you with a dirty windscreen barely visible out of. We also leave a small bottle int he car now meaning we need to only apply water which can be done at a petrol station should we start running low.
Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure needed for the load which you are carrying. For example if you are just going on a normal day out with the children you do not need them as inflated as if you had a boot full of heavy items. If you have them under inflated you may find it harder to slow down quickly something you might need to do if something runs out in front of your car. It can also make getting out of the way harder. However, if have them over inflated you run this risk of a blowout occurring. This is something which I am very scared of occurring as there could be some serious consequences. You can check your pressure at most petrol stations or even have your own portable pressure checker.
Finally make sure that your tyres have enough tread on them. There is nothing which is going to spoil a road trip more than been pulled over by the police due to your tyres been illegal. Make sure that you have the legal tread left on them TyrePlus can help you with this. If you do not have enough tread left they will replace them for you as having too little tread could result in you failing to be able to stop in an emergency.
If you are like us you may end up traveling a lot when it is dark or in bad weather which means that you require your electrics. Things such as your indicators, lights, heating and also your windscreen wipers. Failing to have checked that these are working and then finding that they are broken could result in you having to pull over at the side of the road and wait for the recovery. Due to driving without lights and indicators in this conditions would significantly increase your chance of been in a collision.
Making sure that you have done these checks and have snacks, drink and entertainment in the car should result in a smooth road trip.
What checks do you do before traveling in the car on a road trip?
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