Safety Tips for Your Family Road Trips | #CP

Heading out on a family road trip is always an amazing way to make some great memories, with so many fun activities and new places to explore. There are so many amazing things you can do throughout your trip, but before you set off on your travels, it’s important to consider all of the safety precautions you need to take. With so much going on and lots of new things to take in, it can be a very exciting time for your little ones, so you want to make sure they have the best, yet safest trip possible.

Vehicle Checks
Before you even start to pack for your road trip, you need to make sure your vehicle is in the best condition. Take it to your local garage to have a full service, as this will ensure all of the important features, such as oil level, washer fluid and brakes are checked and ready for the long journey ahead. If you’re confident that your vehicle doesn’t need a service, there are lots of smaller checks that you can carry out yourself to make sure you’re happy that the vehicle can preform to the best of it’s ability.

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Be Prepared
Family road trips are all about adventure and making memories, but you’re not going to be able to make the most of your trip if you’re not prepared. It’s really important for everyone to get a good night’s sleep before the trip, as travelling can be very tiring, and you want to make sure everyone has lots of energy. It’s even more important to get a good night’s sleep if you’re the driver, so make sure you’re revived and ready for the trip ahead.

Sun Safety
Throughout your road trip you will visit lots of different locations, which could all have very different weather conditions. You may find yourself in one place with heavy rain and winds, and the next could be high temperatures and lots of sunshine, so packing plenty of essentials to prepare you for the weather is important. Make sure you have lots of sun protection with you, whether that’s sun creams in a range of different factors, hats, sun glasses and plenty of water. This will help to keep all of the family healthy and safe throughout your travels.

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Campervan Features
For those who are heading out on their road trip in a campervan, there are a few safety considerations to bear in mind. Firstly, privacy is key, so make sure your campervan windows have either campervan curtains or blinds, as this will help you to keep the campervan protected and secure. It will also make life much easier when the sunshine is beating through, as you can shut the blinds and block out the sun for a little while. You should also ensure all parts of the camper are in good condition, from the facilities such as kitchen appliances, to the toilet and shower. A very beneficial feature to include in your campervan for a family road trip is child locks. Having safety locks on the cupboards, doors and drawers will ensure no little fingers get trapped, as well as keeping everyone inside the vehicle whilst it’s on the move.

Break Up the Travelling

It doesn’t matter if you’re used to driving for hours on end, or you only drive to the local shop and back every now and then, everyone gets tired when diving for long periods of time. This makes it really important to break up the trip and have regular breaks, to stretch your legs and rest your eyes. It may not feel like the little breaks are doing much but relaxing your eyes from concentrating on the road is really important, so it has to be done. You’ll also find that stopping regularly will enable the kids to burn off a little steam, letting them have a little run around and prevent them from getting bored whilst travelling for long periods of time. 

Thanks for reading folks!

Yorkshire Dad

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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