This is a guest post by Peter Minkoff.
Many parents love to take their kids for a ride once in awhile, whether it is going on a picnic or down to the theme park. Among many other things, road trips are a great opportunity for improving or strengthening a father-son relationship. But, if you have kids and are planning to go on a road trip with them without having to worry about the car safety, there are several things which you should do, and listed below are some of the tips which will definitely help you relieve from overstressing and ensuring that you have a safe journey.
Service your car before any longer trip
I know that this is not a common drill, and that you might have serviced your car last week or so, but driving with your kids in the car brings in a lot more responsibility. You want everything to be in order and by doing so you do not want to take any chances. So what if you have serviced your car one or two weeks ago, you can check it out again before you take off; check the fluids and make sure they are topped off, check the oil and fill in if necessary, inflate tires if needed and make sure you have no leaks. Once all of this is done, you are ready for takeoff.
Regularly check your tyres
One of the most common mistakes happening among the high majority of drivers is not checking the tyres regularly. Maintenance and tyre check are something that should be done every 2 to 3 months, and before every major trip, especially when there are kids involved. Always check the threads and see if the tyres are properly inflated; take a walk around the car and make sure that everything looks and feels in order. By developing these driving habits, you ensure that you and your children are safe on the road.
Plan your journey
Before even setting your foot inside the car, make sure you have everything planned: itinerary, destination and stops along the way. There is nothing wrong in planning the entire journey up ahead; in fact, by doing so, you can also research the things that you will pass by on the way and make a few pit stops either for resting or for your kids to visit a theme park, a museum or a zoo. Remember to carry a paper map as your backup, just in case you get lost or want to travel in the old fashioned way.
Bring everything you need
Packing represents another important step in journey planning. Bring all the things your children might need, starting from basic stuff such as food, water and snacks, to things such as books and videogames. Also, you will want to properly adjust the additional car seats if you are having a baby on board. Make sure you secure the luggage, for it can become a projectile in case of a crash. Once everyone has their seatbelt on, you are ready to start your journey.
Respect the road and enjoy the ride
The whole point of every road trip is to have fun. The road up ahead can be long and somewhat dangerous, however if you are driving within the speed limit, you will be fine. Abide to all the laws and respect other drivers, yet stay alerted when taking on the trucks. Make sure you communicate with your kids, yet at the same time focus on the road up ahead. Remember that this is a stress-free road trip, forget all your problems and focus on enjoying the trip.
Only once you get back home will you realize the true impact of the road tip. Make the most out of it, and use every moment to strengthen your bond with your kids. Forget about work, and try to enjoy yourself as much as you can.