If you’re embarking on a long drive with the family this summer, then you’ll want to take every necessary precaution to ensure that you all arrive happy and in one piece.
The good news is that UK roads are among the safest in the world, and they’re safer than ever before. In 2016, there were just over 180,000 road accident casualties in the UK. Most of these are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. If you’re in a family car, your casualty rate is measured at 262 per billion miles travelled. Every model of car, from Peugeot 3008 to Vauxhall’s Corsa, has enjoyed significant safety improvements with each new iteration.
But just because the statistics are on our side doesn’t mean we should rest on our laurels. Let’s take a look at a few tips that’ll give you and your family the best possible comfort and safety throughout your journey.
Are you using Car Seats?
An incorrectly-installed child’s car seat can often cause more damage than it’s preventing. Therefore, take the time to check that your child hasn’t outgrown their seat, and that they have their seat-belt on properly. Never, ever put the booster seat in the front seat, resting against the glove compartment, since, in the event of an accident, the airbag will propel them backwards.
Is your Car Ready for the Road?
Getting your tyres checked and correctly inflated will not only improve your fuel efficiency: it’ll also improve the way your car handles, especially when fully loaded. Check the air filters on your air-conditioning, and be sure that you’ve brought along a few roadside essentials in the event that something should go wrong. If you’re driving into a barren wilderness, then this should include blankets and food, but even if you’re going to be on the same motorway for most of the trip, it’s worth checking the spare tyre, and bringing along a first-aid kit.
Where are you taking Breaks?
Most driving errors are a result of poor concentration. And poor concentration usually results from doing the same repetitive task for hours on end. Take the monotony out of the journey by scheduling breaks. This will allow you to choose the best service stations, but it’ll also help to break up the journey, and give everyone something to look forward to. Between stops, you can keep the kids occupied with electronic devices – just be sure that you’ve brought enough USB cables to keep everything charged. If all else fails, you can always resort to a few classic games!
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