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Road Safety While Travelling With Your Family

Road Safety While Travelling With Your Family

Going on a road trip with the family can be loads of fun, a great experience. But, number one safety when heading out on a long journey is a must. If you want to avoid potential problems along the way, prepare for travel, especially if you have kids. 

Here are some simple safety precautions that could save major problems on the road:

Car checks

Before hitting the road, you should check the safety of your car. A tyre check is a must. Check your tyres are not worn out - always replace tyres before they reach the worn out stage, especially for peace of mind; brands like Jet Wheel Tyre help to buy car tyres in Essex

Learn how to check the air pressure in your tires and add air to any tires that are low. Most petrol stations have an air pressure gauge that you can use. Learning how to change a tire is another helpful skill.

Make sure that your windshield wiper fluid and oil are sufficient, and make sure your windshield wiper blades are still in good condition. 

Emergency Kit

Having an emergency kit before heading on a road trip is essential.  I like to take along a small torch, juice for the family, the phone charger, first aid kit and other items commonly used in the home that are easy and accessible to bring along in the car. One item I find particularly useful to include is a microfibre towel. Don't forgot you should also include jumper cables and a multi-purpose tool you can use on many parts of your car.

Take breaks along the way

No matter how tight of schedule you face, it’s necessary to stop and rest along the way. This is especially true for the driver. Don’t risk passengers lives by driving when you’re too tired to make good decisions. If possible take turns driving.

Plan your route

Before heading on your trip, check for the best routes. Keep in mind that you’re traveling with family so it’s best to plan a few stops along the way. This gives you time for toilet stops, and to stretch your legs. It's good to take a road atlas as a back up, GPS is not always the most effective or reliable way to get to a destination.

Breakdown documents

You’re heading down the motorway with the family when suddenly a warning light is flashing on the dashboard and smoke is coming out of the engine.

If you have the unfortunate event of breaking down, do you know what your breakdown policy telephone number is? Make sure you have your policy documents in the glove box of the car.

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