With Easter half-term already upon us, many parents across the UK are looking for ways to make their half-term getaway go without any hiccups.
With this in mind, Be Wiser Insurance would like to offer a few tips for those about to pile into the car and get away for the week.
Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
"Traffic jams, grumpy children and long journey's can make for an unhappy arrival at your destination. However, there are a few things you can do to turn these sometimes arduous journeys into just another part of the holiday fun!"
Three tips from Be Wiser Insurance to save you half-term road-trip discomfort:
- Filters, fans and air-conditioning - Nothing can turn a jolly atmosphere inside a car into a stressful pressure-cooker than bad air circulation. Whether it's going to be warm or a bit chilly it's always best to have good air circulation. Check your filters and change them if needs be.
- The exciting, "surprise" pit-stop! - When travelling with children there's only so much you can rely on eye-spy to keep them entertained, and it's almost impossible to stop young children becoming fractious on long journeys. With this in mind plan a stop along the way which provides an opportunity for the kids to run around, get some fresh air and stretch their legs. Not only does this give kids the chance to wear themselves out, but means you're taking every chance to make the trip more interesting.
- Fresh snacks and sustenance - Healthy, low sugar snacks are ideal for kids on long journeys and avoiding sweet, fizzy drinks might save you having to clean the upholstery as well as having more chilled-out passengers. Staying hydrated is important, but it's best to avoid over-watering children as the need for pit-stops can increase!
Mark Bower-Dyke comments:
"Really, it's not about damage limitation or getting it over with, quite the opposite. It's about making the fun of a family getaway start as soon as possible and turning the drive from a chore into part of the fun! After all, it wasn't so long ago that a family outing in the car was fun in itself!"