If you’re heading out on a road trip this summer, we hope you have a fabulous time. The open road awaits, and there are all manner of places you could visit. But before you load up your luggage into the back of your motor, there are a few safety tips you need to adhere to. After all, your family’s safety is paramount, and you won’t enjoy your holiday if anything goes wrong.
Family Road Trip Safety Tips
- Give your car a tune-up to ensure it’s safe to hit the roads. Visit your local garage for a service days in advance, getting your car ready for the journey ahead. Then make sure you double-check tyres, fluids, seat belts, etc. on the day before you leave as an extra precaution. Of course, you don’t need to use your car at all, especially if it is a bit of an old banger. Be safe and hire something else, be that another car or a camper van with Camper Compare. If you do go down this route, ensure you give the hired vehicle a test drive before the road trip so you’re familiar and comfortable with this different set of wheels.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip. Many accidents are caused by drowsy drivers, so you don’t want to be the cause of an accident, or the subject of one. Your senses need to be optimised to the max, and a good night’s sleep will ensure you are in a fit state to drive. Be sure to take plenty of rest stops on your journey too, especially if the sun is blasting through your windows, as the hot weather can also make you feel tired and drowsy.
- Pack an emergency kit, giving you all the items you need to keep your family and your car safe on the road. Check out this list of emergency must-haves to give you an idea of what to pack. It’s better to be prepared, because no matter how safe a driver you are, and no matter how well-maintained your vehicle, you do want to be ready if something unforeseen happens on the road trip.
- Check your breakdown cover. You do have breakdown cover, don’t you? If not, you should pay for something ahead of the road trip, even if it’s to cover you for the short duration of your time away. If you think you have breakdown cover, you should still check your policy to make sure it is still in date, and that it covers you for full-assistance. With your family to consider, you don’t want to be stuck off the beaten track for long should your car have any problems while you’re away.
- Be mindful of the sun. You don’t want the sun to disappear, but you do need to protect yourself and your family from its fearsome rays. With the sun blasting through your car windows, you need to make sure your family is prepared. Sun cream, shades, and sun hats are a must. And we know this shouldn’t have to be said, but don’t leave your kids alone in the car should you pull over anywhere – mistakes do happen, and you don’t want to leave them locked in the car with the weather’s raging temperature.
Safety must always come first, so while you’re preparing for your road adventure, ensure you adhere to our tips above and beyond the fun parts of your planning. We hope you have a wonderful (and safe) holiday. Thanks for reading.