If you go on a lot of trips with your family, then you need to make sure you have everything you need in the car to keep them safe and secure. Going on impromptu road trips and doing fun things together is great, and a wonderful bonding experience, but you should still make sure you have have everything you need in the car, as you can never be sure on what will happen.
To get you started off, here are 12 things you need in your car to keep your family safe:
- Effective Safety Features
There are a few safety features that will come in handy when you’re taking your family on trips. If you find yourself getting distracted sometimes behind the wheel, consider forward-collision alert – a system that lets you know if there’s an impending collision ahead. If you often lean back or find yourself turning around sometimes to speak to your kids, this feature could come in handy. Sometimes this feature comes with automatic braking if you don’t press it on time.
The departure warning feature can be another helpful aid for drivers who find themselves getting distracted. This feature warns you if you’re drifting out of your lane by using cameras to monitor lane lines on the road. Advanced versions of this feature can guide you back into your lane, which could stop you from getting involved in a terrible accident.
- A Warning Triangle
Having a warning triangle in the trunk of the car is imperative; you never know when you might experience an emergency out on the road and have to stop. In places like France, having these in your car is compulsory, not optional. They are optional in most other places, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make sure you’ve got one, just incase. It’ll help to alert other drivers to your family.
- Hi Viz Bibs
Again, hi viz bibs are compulsory in places like France, but not always in other places. That being said, they can be used in conjunction with the warning triangle as you wait for help at the side of the road and will help to give you that little bit more visibility and safety.
- A Spare Tyre/Jack
Even if you don’t know how to change your tyre, chances are that somebody on the road will. That being said, it’s a good idea to learn if you can, so you don’t have to rely on a kind passer by to stop and help you out. Making sure your tyres are in good condition before you set off for a trip is important, so schedule an appointment if you haven’t done this for a while. It could save your family’s life.
- A First Aid Kit
First aid kits can help to tide you over until you get to hospital, or just clean up small nicks and scrapes. Having one on hand is always recommended, especially if you have curious kids who like to get into everything.
- Jump Leads
This is something else you should learn how to use if you have the opportunity. If you don’t, somebody else likely will know how to use them. Cars can be temperamental, so having things like this on hand can be a lifesaver when your car just isn’t playing ball.
- A Multi Purpose Tool
A multi purpose tool can be used in a variety of different ways. Do your research on high quality multi purpose tools and their uses so you know which kind you need to invest your money in and how to use it if you ever get into a situation that calls for it.
- A Torch
If you break down in the dark, you’d be in for a pretty rough time. Having a torch on hand will give you a better chance of being able to fix the problem, or even just alerting your presence to other drivers/a recovery team trying to find you. If you break down on a blind spot or a dangerous space, you may need to use the torch to guide your family to a safer area a while away from the car.
You just never know when you’ll need water, either for your family or for your car. Keep it fresh and bottled. You could also take some non perishable foods. You never know how long you might be waiting to be rescued. Energy bars and things that last a while are good choices.
- Spare/Warm Clothes
If you break down in a storm, whether it’s raining or snowing, your family are going to get pretty uncomfortable in it waiting to be rescued. Even if you can stay in the car, it can get pretty cold if you haven’t got the heating to warm you up. Having some blankets on hand as well as some spare/warm clothes will help. Sitting around in wet clothes is never a good idea.
- A Fire Extinguisher
A fire extinguisher will help you in the unlikely event that your car or somebody in it goes up in flames. Just because it’s unlikely, doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. Be smart and have one on hand. You might even be able to help another road user.
- Seatbelt Cutter And Window Breaker
Finally, having a seatbelt cutter and window breaker will give you the peace of mind that if something were to happen, you would have something on hand to do your best to get everybody out of the car. Having these on hand could save your life in a dire situation.
Having these 12 things on hand will both help to give you peace of mind and keep your family safe. It’s important you think of every eventuality when out on the road, as you just never know what could happen. You could be the best driver out there, but there are always going to be drivers who don’t seem to care for the safety of others. Thanks for reading!