Many a great family holiday has started with a fun road trip! Whether it’s driving around the Scottish Highlands, the Cotswolds, or another family holiday spot. When it comes to a successful family road trip, the key is preparation. Once you’ve taken a few simple steps to get good and organised, you’ll have the whole thing sussed!
1 . Thoroughly Plan Your Route
If you want everything to go to plan, you’ll need to organise your route thoroughly before you go. You’ll likely be using a Sat Nav, but make allowances for changeable weather, traffic and diversions due to accidents. Sometimes we end up having to change our route at the last minute so it can be smart to have a backup plan. Pre-plan every place that you’re going to stop in advance (this helps to keep the kids happy and keep a good time)! Remember that longer car rides make us more prone to fatigue, so taking those breaks to refresh is essential.
2 . Keep The Kids Entertained
Road trips with the kids can be fun, but they can also be tough! To keep things from turning chaotic, you’ll want to bring lots of stuff to keep them entertained. Audiobooks can be a great shout to engage children on car rides. There are a huge variety of excellent audiobooks out there for all different ages. You could also let your kids watch a movie via an Ipad ( this might also help them to fall asleep)! If all else fails, take it back to basics with the old classics like ‘I-Spy’ or a simple card game. You could also try playing bingo with objects around you (planes or certain coloured cars etc).
3. Get The Car Serviced
Before you go on a long trip, it’s essential to get your car serviced; you won’t want any maintenance issues to trip you up on the roads. A good Vauxhall dealer will be able to offer Non-Vauxhall or Vauxhall based services for some great prices. Once you’ve had your car serviced, you’ll be confident that you won’t suffer any problems or breakdowns. Setbacks like this will quickly ruin a great road trip!
4. Prep Your Supplies
Ensure that you’ve got enough supplies for your trip including a first aid kit, food supplies and water. If you’re travelling in the wintertime, it’s also a good idea to take de-icers, a torch and some jump start cables just in case. You’ll probably have most of these items to hand in your car already. If you may be travelling in harsh weather conditions, it pays to have extra supplies. It can be useful to use a Cars Heads Up Display on longer journeys. A car HUDS allows you to view the items on your dashboard while keeping your eyes on the road. It does so by using the windscreen as a projector. These devices are also compatible with Iphone and Android features. Remember to practice extra cautious driving in adverse weather conditions.