We usually use our cars for relatively short journeys. A quick trip to the supermarket, the daily school run, and visiting local friends and family members. Chances are that if you have little ones, they’re not used to being in the car for more than about half an hour at a time. This is why it’s so important that you prepare thoroughly and effectively if you plan to take a longer trip at some point. Perhaps you want to take your kids to an attraction across the state. Maybe you have a relative who lives a little further, and you fancy paying them a visit for the first time in a while. Regardless of your reasons for travelling further afield than usual, here are a few essential tips and tricks to ensure that the journey goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible for everyone involved.
Make Sure That Your Vehicle is Good to Go
You need to take extra care when setting out on a long journey. When cars travel at high speeds for longer periods of time, they are more prone to breaking down and experiencing other problems. A longer journey also means that you’re likely to be in contact with more road users, have more time to experience adverse weather conditions and may be exposed to roads that are surfaced a little differently to the ones that you’re used to. It’s best to be prepared for any situation that may arise. So, first of all, you need to check your vehicle’s tyre pressure. You may need to fill them up to the recommended levels with air at your local garage or fuel station. You should also use this time to check your oil levels, as they may need refilling or topping up. Next, you need to make sure that you have effective breakdown cover. This will be invaluable if you do experience a roadside breakdown. Professionals will be with you in as little time as possible and can move your family and your vehicle to a safer location.
Knowing What to Do in Accidents
If you do experience an accident, you need to be in the know of what to do. First, you need to work out if anyone needs any medical attention. Hopefully, this isn’t the case. Then you need to find out the other driver’s name, address, contact details and insurance details. Finally, you should contact a lawyer as soon as it is possible to do so safely. Starting the legal process as soon as possible will help, as the memory of the incident will still be fresh in your mind. Take a read of this page to get to know the basics of the process: http://nealefhima.com/san-bernardino/lemon-law/.
Make Sure Your Children are Prepared
You’re going to have to make rest stops along the way. This is inevitable with little ones. But regardless, ensure that they have used the bathroom before you leave and that they are safely strapped into their seats. Give them something that can occupy their attention to prevent arguments or irritability. This could be games such as “I spy with my little eye” or even things like colouring books or magazines.
Remember, preparation is key to a successful and smooth journey. It will lead to fewer or shortened delays en route, and everyone will arrive at the destination feeling happy and content.