Whether you’re going on a road trip or heading off on a vacation, at some point, you’re probably going to get behind the wheel of a car with your family in tow. Before you do this, you should make sure you take precautions to ensure you can drive safely and keep your family safe. Let’s take a look at 6 things to do before getting in a car with your family:
Give It A Quick Check Over
Always give your car a quick once over to make sure that nothing has changed since you last used it. Check it from the outside to make sure nothing looks strange, and then when you get in make sure everything is working as it should be and that there are no warning lights present. Making sure the car is safe before each journey is crucial if you want to keep your family safe and healthy in the car.
Take A Deep Breath
It’s so easy for even the calmest of people to get road rage. Don’t let road rage or any inconsiderate drivers get the better of you on the road. Of course, the road is a fast paced environment and some people do drive like idiots, but you should try to take a deep breath before reacting. Using your horn is fine if you’re warning somebody, but don’t start screaming and shouting or tailgating another driver. Your brain can become cloudy when you get into this sort of state, and it’s really no good to be driving when you feel angry. You also help to set a good example for your kids.
Remind Them Not To Distract You
Remind your kids that they should not distract you while you’re in the car, unless it’s an emergency. If they have trouble with their seatbelts, pull over and help them. Don’t do things with one hand on the wheel and another helping your kids, as it’s dangerous. An average of 149 people die in traffic collisions each year, which is worth knowing if you drive fairly regularly. Your kids should know how to behave while you are concentrating on the road.
Set Up Your Sat Nav
Set up your sat nav so you don’t have to touch it while you’re driving – even if you use your phone as a sat nav. If you don’t use your phone, put it somewhere you can’t see it so it doesn’t distract you.
Make Sure Your Kids Have What They Need
Make sure your kids have safe car snacks, water, and anything else they might need, like a toy or game. They get bored far easier than adults, and this should keep them quiet long enough for you to get them to their destination.
Plan Rest Stops
Rest stops are useful to both you and the kids. Stretch your legs, get some air, and use the bathroom. It’ll stop any unhappy accidents and ensure you’re comfortable before you set off again.
Are you prepared for your next trip?