A family vacation is a time for bonding and family fun. You save up your funds and plan your vacation days accordingly, and everyone looks forward to some time away from their usual lives. Because everyone is excited, they tend to forget some of the basics of packing and safety.
Stay Safe on the Road
If you’re going on a road trip with your family, you should know what to expect once you pull out of your driveway and ride off into the sunset. Expect your car to get messy and expect your kids to behave as children do when they are stuck together for a long time. They may start arguing, and feeling nauseous, and you have to know what to do in that scenario. Here are a few ways you can ensure the safety of your family on your next road trip adventure:
Get Your Car Tuned Up
As a general rule for any long drive, it is essential to go to your mechanic and get a tune-up. Here, he can check the car for any imperfections or signs that it may not be in the best condition for a drive. If necessary, have him change the oil and inspect the brakes. Have him do a quick check of the vehicle just to be on the safe side. After all, your family is worth it. After everything, give your car a good wash a day before the trip to have it looking and running its best.
Inspect your children’s car/booster seats
Inspect your children’s car seats for any breaks that can compromise their safety in a moving vehicle. Also make sure that before strapping your children in, that it be installed correctly.
A lot of parents neglect to do this, and although they can often get away with it, it can catch up to them pretty quick in a situation they least expect. So, take the extra 10-15 minutes to correctly install your children’s seats in your car for a worry-free trip.
Make sure everyone gets a good night’s sleep
It’s the eve of your trip. You know you’ll be driving for at least four hours the next day, and yet you’re up watching shows on Netflix. Ditch the shows; they’ll be there when you get back. And tuck yourself in bed and get a good 8 hours of sleep.
Getting enough rest allows you to stay awake and be more focused while on the road. Alternately, have some good coffee before you drive to wake you up. Especially if it’s a drive in the early morning.
Also, on the eve of your drive. Make sure you have everything you need to keep your children entertained on the go. Remember to pack some of their favorite toys, water, and on the go snacks to keep them happy. Try to avoid making them watch on their tablets while you drive as some children can get dizzy from this activity.
Aside from that, it is also essential to have your emergency tools in the trunk of the car. That can include a flashlight, flares, tools for changing a tire including a jack, and a first aid kit handy in the glove compartment. Pack the kit with stomach and headache medication as well as antiseptic and bandages. Hopefully, you may never need them, but having them ready is always better.
Smart Packing for Your Car
It is the day of your trip, and you are packing the car. While packing, keep in mind to store all the heavy luggage under the seats to ensure that they don’t go flying when you suddenly hit the brakes. And if you can, tie down any items in the back seat to prevent any injuries along the way.
Now that you have done everything on this list, you are now ready to drive off. Have fun with your family on this vacation and make new memories with your children. If you would like to get more useful tips, please visit Alpha Car Finance and share this post with your friends on social media.