Those warm summer days may soon be a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean family holidays are over for the year – just yet. Rather, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be preparing for the next available time off as a family: October half-term.
And while this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be travelling far and wide like when we drove to Devon over the summer. Or even abroad, it may mean you’re heading off on a family road trip somewhere. So with that in mind, here are some top tips for getting your car ready for this next adventure:
Add a Towbar
Towbars are great for a number of things, from installing bike racks and trailers to allowing you to take a caravan away with you. If you’ve got a large family and struggle to get everything in the car or you want to start venturing away at the weekend with the kids, a tow bar may be just what your car needs. Especially handy if you have a full car of passengers and nowhere to put all the luggage that goes with that amount of people.
These can be fitted at your local garage by a qualified mechanic and shouldn’t cost too much.
Install a Roof Rack
Another great way to add to the storage space of your existing car is to install a roof rack. You could use this to put the bikes on top of your car or add a storage box so you can take more with you. They’re pretty easy to install, too.
A lot of new vehicles will come with mount locations as standard, allowing you to easily add the rack. But if not, you will need to purchase a fit kit, foot pack and crossbars to create your own roof rack system on top of the car.
Buy a New Car
OK, this may seem completely excessive, and it is unless you’ve been thinking about upgrading your existing car in the not-too-distant future. Before you start adding all of these new accessories, it may be worth researching the cost of used cars with companies like Unbeatable Car.
As you weigh up the cost of making your car road-trip-friendly alongside the cost of a car that’s more accommodating for your family’s needs, you may find that now is the best time to upgrade your vehicle. Many models come complete with the aforementioned accessories and may even have an additional boot and seating space – just what your family needs to enjoy their road trip.
Finally, avoid those statements of ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ by kitting yourself out with all the kids’ entertainment you need.
Whether it’s activity books that’ll keep them busy for hours on end or tablet holders that allow them to watch their favourite TV show, getting all of this sorted before your road trip will ensure it’s an enjoyable (and peaceful) journey for everyone. As we found out when the girls didn’t appreciate our choice of music for the long 7-hour drive, a DVD player so they could watch The Greatest Showman was exactly what they needed to pass the time.
Good old fashioned games always go down a treat as well, as do snacks and stop-offs that break up the journey. Wherever you’re heading on your family road trip this year, enjoy!