If you’ve been following the news this year, you’ll know that dangerous driving has been a hot topic. New laws have been proposed that would see dangerous drivers given life sentences for major driving offences.
If you have a family, this news probably brings some relief to you, because, as you know, driving with little ones can make you feel a little panicky. Having children can do that to you anyway.
However, it’s not just other drivers that you need to look at, but yourself as well when it comes to keeping your family safe on the road. Below, you’ll find some helpful pointers on how to do just this.
First thing’s first, make sure you have a family-friendly car, the last thing you want is a small sports car or a massive vehicle designed for off-country roads – unless you live on a farm. Opting for a family-friendly vehicle such as a Peugeot will set you on the right track for keeping everyone in the car safe from the get-go.
Get it checked
Now, we know family life can be extremely busy, which means certain things you need to do can get forgotten. But, don’t let one of those things be checking on your car ensuring you take your vehicle to the garage regularly will help to ensure everything from the engine to the tyres are in good working order, giving you that extra peace of mind when on the roads.
Aside from the car, you need to make sure that the equipment inside is doing its job of keeping your little ones safe too. Most importantly, car seats. While you’ll know that all children need car seats, did you know that you need specific one’s based on your child’s height and weight? If not, now you do. So, by checking that the car seat is right regularly, after all, they do grow at an alarming rate, you’ll be able to keep them as safe as possible.
Of course, car journeys can be extremely boring for children, regardless of where you’re going. When they’re very small, chances are they’ll fall asleep, and if you only have one, they can sometimes keep themselves occupied. That being said, as they get older the ‘are we there yet’ question will come at you every five minutes once you’ve set off, and if you have more than one child, back seat fighting is almost inevitable. Therefore, colouring books, tablets and books are a great way to keep your children distracted in the back of the car, which lets you keep your eyes and attention fully on the road.
For those of you with children, worrying about them is second nature, but, when it comes to the car, these tips should keep you all safe and help to remove some of your worries.