1: SAFETY FIRST
To avoid common causes of break downs, make sure your basics are in order. Book a service now to make sure you arrive at your destination in one piece and have your wheels, water, oil and fuel efficiency checked.
2: PLAN YOUR ROUTE
A road trip is all about the adventure of the journey, not just the destination. Enjoy the sights along the way. Be sure to stop every two hours or so for a rest and leg stretch.
3: KEEP THE KIDS HAPPY
“Are we there yet?’ Every parent’s worst nightmare, right? Pack activities to keep the kids entertained during the trip and during stops. Toys like skipping ropes and balls are great for rest stops as it gets them moving. Car games, like I-spy and 20 Questions, will also keep your kids giggling throughout the trip. If your drive is especially long, this might be a good time to invest in tablets loaded with games and educational activities.
4: PACK SMART
Have an emergency kit handy packed with snacks, wet wipes and other useful items. According to experts, the unwritten rule to follow when packing your boot is to concentrate the weight as far forward as possible to reduce pressure over your wheels.
5: STAY CHARGED
Have a USB charger handy to keep your phone and GPS charged and ready to go. It’s also very nifty for keeping your kids’ portable devices charged.