Summer motoring advice

  1. Plan Your Journey

    map illustrationThe key to avoiding stress whilst you’re on the road is to plan ahead. Even if you don’t end up sticking to the original plan, it is well worth planning a route to take across the country, planning roughly how much you can spend each day and planning activities that you can stop and do along the way.

    When traveling with children this small amount of time spent planning can save a whole lot of hassle on the journey. It will give the children something to look forward to along the way, and could prevent unnecessary arguments.

  2. Check Your Car’s Fluids

    Check car fluid levelsDuring the summer, we all need water to stay active and prevent dehydration. Your car isn’t any different, without maintaining fluid levels in your car you may find that it decides to breakdown on you in the middle of nowhere.

    To keep your car in tip top condition this summer, you should make sure the following fluids are kept topped up: including engine oil, windscreen washer fluid, engine coolant and of course, fuel.

  3. Check Your Tyres

    Check car tyre pressureBefore heading off on a long adventure you should take a few moments to check the tread and pressure of your car tyres. This really quick check, may save you from breaking down or worse, a crash. You also need to check that you have a road worthy spare wheel in your car in case of an emergency. 

    Not only can an unsafe tyre cause an accident, if you are found to be driving with unroadworthy tyres you could be fined a hefty £2500 per tyre and 3 points on your licence.

  4. Prepare Car Games

    Prepare car gamesPreparing a range of car games that the children can play may delay or at best, prevent the dreaded question asked by every child on a car journey,‘Are we nearly there yet?’.

    There are loads of easy games that you can play in the car with your children to keep them entertained on a long journey.

  5. Put Together An Emergency Kit

    Emergency Car KitThis is an essential tip for long car journeys, as no matter how old or new your car is, it could breakdown at any time. Your emergency kit should consist of a breakdown triangle, a blanket, a torch, high visibility jackets (legal requirement in France), a mobile phone, a map, and most importantly breakdown cover details.

  6. Pack The Car Well

    Pack the car wellWhen you pack the car in a rush you have a tendency to miss things, and to forget where everything is in the car. Take a bit of time, and put things in the glove box that you will need on the journey. Make sure you can easily reach things like CD’s, tissues, snacks, map, pillows and warm clothes. Everything else should be packed in the order you will need them.

  7. Stop For A Picnic

    Have a picnicWho says that your holiday has to start when you reach your destination. Why not start it on your journey and stop for a picnic along the way? Take a few snacks, sandwiches, crisps, drinks and fruit and find a nice spot to stop and have a picnic. Assuming the weather is nice there are many beautiful places in the UK to stop and stretch your legs. 

    You should schedule in a 15 minute break for each 2 hours of driving, so this is a great opportunity for a stop.

  8. Plan A Scenic Route

    Avoiding MotorwaysRather than just traveling along the boring motorways, why not plan a scenic route for your journey? Advantages of taking a scenic route to your destination include, avoiding long holiday tailbacks, stopping to stretch your legs more often, and by far the biggest advantage is discovering quaint little villages and beautiful scenery along the way.

  9. Check For Cheaper Fuel

    plan for cheaper fuelIf you plan your fuel stops in advance you can save up to £40 when refuelling on your summer journey this year. Why not take a little time to find out where the cheapest petrol stations are on your holiday route, and spend the savings on some fish and chips at the seaside with your kids. 

  10. Take Anti Sickness Remedies
  11. Prevent Car SicknessOur final piece of advice is to make sure that you have travel sickness remedies with you. There is nothing worse than having poorly children in the back of the car, as it will only make your journey 10 times harder. As well as over the counter anti sickness tablets you can use other methods to keep travel sickness at bay. You can use acupressure bracelets which have a small plastic button on the inside which put gentle pressure on acupuncture points. One final remedy would be to try ginger snap biscuits, as ginger can be a natural remedy to nausea.