How to have a safe and stress-free winter road trip with kids

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.

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  • 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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22 thoughts on “How to have a safe and stress-free winter road trip with kids

  • Great advice – can’t imagine anything worse than a travelling disaster at this time of year with kids in the car. Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh absolutely, better driving safe than be sorry! Thanks for the lovely comment!

  • Nige Higgins

    Excellent checklist don’t think you have left anything out thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

  • This is a great list! Thank you for reminding us of road safety – it is so important. I bet your kids are so looking forward to seeing Santa in Brechin. What a trip to remember?! Thank you so much for linking up with me. I do hope you and your lovely family will have a lovely Christmas holiday! Xx #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      They don’t know yet we’re going on Sunday to see Santa, this is a surprise for them. You too, Have a lovely Christmas to you and the entire family!

  • Great post. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  • Some great tips here! and safety is so important and people forget to check their tyres which are really simple to deal with. Thanks for sharing and Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again in the New Year xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      I agree that checking tyres is one way to ensure safety. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment!

  • Great post, I find road trips with little people can be quite stressful at the best of times! My hubby often works in the north of Scotland and I get so anxious when he’s driving, you guys have some extreme weather up there! x
    #FabFridayPost

    • ReimerandRuby

      Oh absolutely! weather here can be unpredictable sometimes, so it’s better be safe than sorry. Thanks!

  • Ah we had a tyre blow out last week, what a pain, thankfully I have a man who can with me or I’d have never been able to undo the bolts holding the spare wheel in place. #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      That would have been dangerous! anyway, its good somebody helped you with it because I think it’s a man’s job rather than a woman’s.

  • You can’t be too careful on a road trip! Thanks for the reminder.
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    #KCACOLS

  • Some great tips! We’re kind of lucky in that we don’t have a car – the only time she ever does go on a car journey, it’s my mother-in-law’s problem… 😉

    • ReimerandRuby

      Sometimes its rather convenient having car, as you can do quick errands. Lucky you for not having to pay MOT or car insurance either.

  • Definitely important to be safe on the roads at this time of year, it is very very rare that we have to worry about snow down here in Cornwall though! It’s been years since there was enough of the boys to make a snowman, a fact they are gutted about!

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Its nice to have snow sometimes coz kids love it… I love seeing snow but I also love seeing it go, can’t bear the mud it creates when it starts to melt.

  • Lovely post and great list. Thank you for all those reminders and tips 🙂

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