When travelling long distances with your family in the car, the last thing you want is an unforeseen car problem that adds significant delay and cost.

We’ve all experienced car trouble before in the past, sometimes it’s just one of those things that we can’t control. But we can definitely be better prepared for any eventuality. So here are some useful tips to help prepare you and your car for those long journeys.

Keep a bag in the car for spillages and accidents

This one is not exactly an emergency situation, but it is one of the most common issues we experience when travelling as a family. We now keep a bag in the car filled with cleaning products, kitchen roll, and towels, so that we can quickly tackle drink spillages and the occasional travel sickness mishap. 

Check your tire pressure and tread before you go

It’s really important to to a tire pressure and tread check before you head off on a long journey. Packing a car full of bags and equipment for a family trip can have a significant effect on your tire pressure. Low tire pressure can cause numerous problems for a vehicle, lower fuel efficiency, and a bumpier ride.  Many petrol stations have air hoses that allow you to quickly put air in the tires, and your car manual will tell you what the correct tire pressure needs to be, but don’t overfill!

Familiarise yourself with how to care for your car

Being able to carry out your own car repairs and parts replacements can save a lot of time and money. Spare parts for the Italian car brand Fiat you find with AUTODOC.CO.UK , and Autodoc’s youtube channel contains loads of helpful video tutorials teaching you how to care for your car, check them out on youtube.com

Research roadside assistance and breakdown cover

Roadside assistance services can be pricey, but they can also save you from the prospect of hours stranded on the hard shoulder with your young family. There are many online services that can help you decide which is the best breakdown cover for you. 

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