From road trip games and epic music, to audio books, there is a range of essential items that you can pack to make your family road trip enjoyable. Avoid break downs by conducting a car inspection prior to your trip. Your brakes, oil and water are some of the important things that you will need to check before starting your journey. Need something bigger to accommodate your growing family? Find awesome second hand cars for sale on Auto Mart.
Your Road Trip Essentials
With the addition of a few essential items you can turn an average family road trip into an epic one. These essential items will make your trip more enjoyable. It is necessary to take some extra time to plan if you want to make your trip fun, especially if you are travelling with children.
Music is a vital part of any trip, be it with friends or your family. Why not let your family help you put together a playlist? That way everyone will get to listen to their favourite songs on the road. Audio books are a great addition, especially when it comes to keeping your children quiet and happy on the road. Choose books that have simple story lines so that everyone can pay attention to them.
Another crucial part of a road trip is pad kos. Car food helps to keep both kids and adults happy during the trip. When you are selecting car food avoid messy options. It is advisable to incorporate healthy food such as baby carrots and fruit into your selection.
Treats such as chips and chocolates are a good addition to a healthy food selection. Packing cushions and blankets will help to keep your family comfortable and cosy. Don’t forget to pack tissues, toilet paper and wet wipes.
Taking a change of clothes for your children is another precaution which will help to keep your family clean and comfortable on the road. To avoid the disaster of getting locked out of your car take along spare keys in a separate bag.
Road trip games are a fun form of entertainment during the trip. Games to play in the car include travel bingo and cards. Pack balls and a frisbee so that your children can get rid of extra energy at a safe space at the rest stops.
Other essential items include breakdown supplies, a first aid kit and car chargers. Don’t forget to pack your valid driver’s license and all the documents you might need along your trip.
Pre-road trip Car Inspection
It is advisable to take your car in for a professional inspection and service before you set off on your road trip. This will help to keep you safe on the road as well as to avoid the hassle of beak-downs.
Investing in a professional service can save you time and money on car repairs. Whether you take your car to professionals or do the car inspection yourself, it is a good idea to know what needs to be checked before your road trip.
Make sure that your car is not leaking oil and water. You can do this by looking underneath your car for any signs of a leak. Make sure that your windscreen and mirrors are clean and in good condition.
It is also important to check the condition of the windscreen wipers as you may have to drive in bad weather during your trip. The tires are a vital part of the inspection. Having tires that are in good condition are a crucial part of keeping your family safe on the road. Check that the wheel nuts are secure and that the air-pressure in the tires is correct.
Another important part of your car inspection is your lights. Your car’s headlights, tail lights and indicator should be in working condition.
The brake-fluid and fan-belt should also be checked. Make sure that the bonnet is closed properly.
Bad road conditions in South Africa increase the chances of a punctured tire on your trip. Make sure that you have a spare-wheel, jack and spanner which are in good working condition.
In the interior of your car make sure that there is nothing obstructing the pedals. Also check that the mirrors are positioned for optimum visibility. It is also advisable to check the clutch and break pressure.
Make sure that the seatbelts are working so that your family can stay safe during the journey. When it comes to finding second hand cars for sale, these inspection tips are also useful.
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Important Road Safety Tips
Road accidents increase during any holiday season. With so many motorists on the road, it is important to make safety a priority. By researching road safety tips you can learn more about how to stay safe.
During your road trip don’t break road rules. Speeding and reckless driving put your family and other motorists in danger. Plan your route and if you are taking back roads make sure that you know where you are going.
It is advisable to avoid traveling at night. As discussed it is important to check the roadworthiness of your vehicle prior to the journey, so don’t skip your car inspection.
Have a good night’s sleep before your trip and make sure that you have regular breaks. Being well rested will help you to stay alert and safe while driving. One of the best road safety tips out there is to take breaks every two hours or 200 kilometres.
Keep your focus on the road at all times and don’t answer phone calls or send messages while driving. Make sure that you are visible by keeping your headlights on. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. A minimum of a 3 second following distance in good conditions is advisable.
Stay calm and don’t let road rage get to you as this will put you and your family at risk. If you come across challenging driving conditions such as fog, make sure you adjust your driving accordingly. It is important to take a fully charged phone with you so that you can call for help if you get into a bad situation.
Now that you have the essentials of a road trip, it’s time to start planning your safe trip. In need of a larger, smaller or even a more fuel efficient car? Find great deals on second hand cars for sale in Auto Mart.