Visiting Santa this year seemed like a difficult decision to make. It was at the start of December when we have been looking around where to find Santa grotto which is of a different location from the usual garden centre or local shopping centre that we’ve been before. Finally, we’ve managed to book a visit to see Santa on the 20th December at Caledonian Railway which is at Brechin, North Eastern part of Scotland. It’s a bit of a road trip from where we are but it should be all worth it for the kids.
Driving up to Brechin will take us around 3 hours one way journey which is rather a lengthy drive considering there will be little passengers sitting at the back seat. Additionally, traveling at this time of the year can be somewhat dangerous with wet, snowy and slippery roads. However, in order to make our road trip safe and stress-free, I have prepared some to do lists for us and for you too if you plan a family road trip this winter.
- Put on comfy clothes for the kids
When traveling and sitting for long periods, there’s nothing worst than having a tight or too warm clothes. Kids can easily get unsettled or restless if they’re not comfortable knowing that being in the car for long can become quite warm with the heating up. So ideally, winter jackets/coats should be taken off.
- Bring toys to play
All parents know that when kids are left idle, they easily get bored. Most of the time, boredom results to moaning and whining which can really be annoying if you listen to it constantly. When you’re driving, you don’t want to be distracted with these unpleasant noise from the back. Thus, toys is a godsend that would entertain them during the road trip.
- Bring food and drinks for kids
Apart from toys, food to nibble and drinks can make kids get occupied too… Also, hungry tummies could also result to them being upset and having tantrums, definitely the worst time to have to deal with when you’re driving. They might be overly stuffed when you get to the destination, as long as they’re happy whilst on the road trip, that’s the most important thing.
- Bring some winter tools
Having known how unpredictable British weather can be, it would be advisable to bring some winter tools like snow shovel, de-icer and an ice scraper. Whether it will be used or not, it’s always handy to have it in your car boot. Nobody wants to get stranded in the middle of the road. Hence, a contingency plan should be in place.
- Basic Car check
It has been our normal routine that when we do a family road trip, we usually have the car washed, it’s not necessary though but it’s just nice to drive in a clean car inside out. When traveling for a few hours in a car, it should be a standard protocol to do the basic car check.
Basic Car Check includes topping up the oil and fluid for windscreen washers and making sure tire pressures are correct as well. Refuel car if necessary although you can refuel anywhere along the way, however, it’s better starting off the trip with a full tank. Leaves you one less thing to worry about so you can enjoy the trip.
- Check car tyres
Traveling in winter time is more dangerous as it has been known that 48% of car winter accidents resulted from skidding. As the weather gets colder and frostier, driving is getting riskier. Hence, checking your car tyres is necessary because your safety on the road depends solely on them. First off, make sure your car tyres tread depths is within legal limits. Look for any obvious signs of damage or wear and tear at the edge of your tyres. If so, then car tyres may need replacement before you start the road trip.
At home, it’s my husband who is in charge of the car and its maintenance. In terms of car tyres, he prefers to keep all his car tyres of the same brand and look exactly the same as it’s aesthetically pleasing. He prefers tyres with good performance which involves good grip handling in various road conditions. In fact, Michelin is one of the brands that he trusted ever since the very first car that he got 23 years ago.
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