Preparing For A Roadtrip

Recently I did a post which was all about maintaining your car for the summer and thank you for all of the support I have had within that post. Today I am going to share with you things which I do before going on a road trip. As I said travelling in the car is something which we do regularly and with it been the summer it means we have even more planned now if you have ever travelled with a young child like Jess you will know you have to prepare. We have a number of short trips coming up which are going to mean that there is a fair few hours spent in the car

The first thing which we do before going on a road trip is to make sure that we clear out all the old bottles and rubbish which is in the car. I can tell you it soon mounts up I swear we must nearly get a bagful every single time we do it and I promise you we do actually do it regularly. After we have done this, of course, we have to fill the car up again because Jess can be horrible if she doesn’t have a drink or snacks in the car when we are travelling for a long period of time. I am going to do a post of Jess’s favourites snacks.

We also have to make sure that we have enjoy supplies should we breakdown because this is something which fears me being stuck in the middle of nowhere for a couple of hours until we can get rescued. I always have to make sure that there is things such as drinks and a first aid kit in the car as well because I am prone to making myself injured and with me you never know when you are going to need something stupid like a plaster. This reminds me I probably need to check the first aid kit because they may be things which are out of date and be of no use for us should we actually need them.

If you have been a long time reader you may remember my emergancy sick bag for Jess we have to make sure that this is stocked up because you never know when we will need that. Even though she is a year older this does not mean that she has not stopped been sick in the car sometimes she is sicker when we do shorter journey’s. We have updates it a little bit because there is somethings that as she has grown we need to add which we didn’t need when she was smaller.

I always make sure that if we are going on a long journey we make sure that we know how much fuel we have in the car and where the local shell is should we need to fill up because we never want to be without fuel. I think that this would be one of my nightmares allow with breaking down/ being in an accident. We have to use Shell because the other half treats the car like his second child don’t worry it is also a girl apparently.

The final thing which we check is our battery is not flat because of the fact that they are not something which we want to breaking down because of because as I have said this is one of my worst nightmares more so when I am travelling with Jess because she can be a handful. One good tip is to make sure that you have turned you inside light off in the car when you get out as recently it caused my mother in law’s car battery to be drained that been left on all night. Should you need a car battery in the London area, there are many places to help out with not only new battery fittings but also repairs in case something is damaged – one of the companies is – DAT tyres who supply car batteries in London.

What do you have to do before a roadtrip?

Charlotte x

Maintain Your Car

Spending hours upon end in the car is something the majority of us find ourselves doing over the summer months.  Many of us parents dread spending a long period of time in the car how are we going to entertain the little ones that amount of time or like me you may worry about them been sick. Jess suffers from car sickness however, usually it is shorter journeys which she struggles on rather than longer ones.
The majority of us do not think about the dangers of driving in the summer and how to avoid them. As someone travels in the car daily on short trips as well as undertaking longer road trips regularly I will admit I do not even think about the dangers when getting into the car. As someone who worries a lot about things this is very surprising.
Recently I have noticed more people broken down at the side of the road maybe this is due to the fact that I have been travelling further or because there are more people out in cars enjoying the nice sunny weather.  So, in this post I am going to highlight 3 problems which could occur to you this summer and then you can make sure you check them before going on a road trip. We don’t want a day out with the family ruined because of car trouble.
Flat tyres are a common problem many of us do not actually go and check that we have the correct pressure in them before travelling. Don’t forget if you are driving fully loaded the pressure may need to be higher make sure you check your book for the pressure that your tyres need. Make sure that you check them regularly because you do not want to end up with a flat tyre and end up broken down. Make sure that they are not over filled because of the problem of exploding so make sure that you do not have them too over filled or under filled. You can purchase tyres with no online payment at Point S for reserving tyres in Surrey

You need to also make sure that your tyres are not too bald because this could cause your problems with the police which could see you having a fine which is not something which you would want. The balder your tyres are as well the more likely you are likely to get something in them which could cause a flat tire. The legal limit is 1.6 millimeters but for safety reasons you could replace them before they reach the legal limit. Make sure you check your tread once a month so you do not get caught for a fine we do now want that or it could ruin the day out.
The final thing which I would chance before going on a road trip is making sure that there is no chips in your windscreen because if there is and you are travelling at speed or long distance there is a chance that the chip could get larger. This could end up with you having to fork out for a replacement windscreen and hours of waiting for someone to come out and mend it for you a quick check of the windscreen.  Once maybe ever few days make sure that there are no cracks and if there is maybe you should get someone out to replace it there is nothing worse than putting your family and your own life at risk because you was too lazy to do a simple job.
Do you maintain your car regularly?

Charlotte x
This post is in collaboration with Point S