With motor accidents increasing over weekends and holidays, The Buzz car insurance has come up with ways to ensure a stress-free family holiday and keep the family safer on the road during holidays and long weekends. They suggest, with a little preparation, you can turn long and tiring road trips into fun family time. Here’s how:
10 steps to a stress free family road trip, from The Buzz:
1) Get yourself ready first: Get a good rest and have a light snack before you start. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
2) Prepare the car: Make sure your car has been recently serviced. Fill the fuel tank up. Check tyre pressure, battery and get the oil changed. Get help from your owner’s manual. Clean the windscreen in and out. Make sure you have your license, registration and insurance up to date.
3) Know your way: Plan your way in advance. Get the exact address, an up-to-date map or set your GPS before you set off. Charge your mobile phone.
4) Pack for everyone: Take kids’ favourite snacks and drinks. Pack pet food and water dish if your pet is travelling with you. A change of clothing for kids may come in handy, so do garbage bags, tissues and towels. Don’t forget basic first-aid supplies, prescription medicines and lots of water.
5) Are we there yet? The Buzz Kiddy Distraction Study revealed 95% of parents have been distracted by their children when driving. Nearly 30% of parents said they’ve turned around to talk to their kids in the back seat while driving Keep the little ones occupied and safe with DVD’s, colouring books or music and sing-alongs. Spoken games like I spy, Sweet and Sour, Spot the Cows are also fun ways to keep them busy.
6) Safety first: Make sure everyone has seat belts on- kids are in suitable restraints for their age; pets are restrained both for their safety and to avoid distracting the driver. Luggage should be securely packed in the boot. Avoid driving at night. When you stop, park carefully at night find a well-lit spot or lot
7) Stop, revive, survive: Make regular pit stops preferably at a playground or an area away from traffic where kids can have a run around and you can stretch your legs. Stock up on water and other essential supplies
8) Share driving: Take turns driving with your spouse/friend. Don’t wait until you’re tired. Avoid driving more than 2 hours at a time, particularly at night. If you’re the only adult, break up the journey with an overnight stay if suitable
9) Expect the unexpected: Things may go wrong when you least expect them to be. Check your spare tyre. Can you change a flat tyre in case you get stuck in a remote location? First aid supplies will come in handy in case of small injuries. Make sure you have some cash, Credit Card and Eftpos may not be accepted everywhere, specially in country areas
10) Have fun on the way and make memories: Road trips are great for family bonding and creating memories to last a life time. Take lots of photos. Encourage kids to read and learn names of landmarks on the way. Most importantly relax and enjoy the drive

Insurer provides tips to have stress-free and safe family road trips
With motor accidents increasing over weekends and holidays, The Buzz car insurance has come up with ways to ensure a stress-free family holiday and keep the family safer on the road during holidays and long weekends. They suggest, with a little preparation, you can turn long and tiring road trips into fun family time. Here’s how:
10 steps to a stress free family road trip, from The Buzz:
1) Get yourself ready first: Get a good rest and have a light snack before you start. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.2) Prepare the car: Make sure your car has been recently serviced. Fill the fuel tank up. Check tyre pressure, battery and get the oil changed. Get help from your owner’s manual. Clean the windscreen in and out. Make sure you have your license, registration and insurance up to date.3) Know your way: Plan your way in advance. Get the exact address, an up-to-date map or set your GPS before you set off. Charge your mobile phone.4) Pack for everyone: Take kids’ favourite snacks and drinks. Pack pet food and water dish if your pet is travelling with you. A change of clothing for kids may come in handy, so do garbage bags, tissues and towels. Don’t forget basic first-aid supplies, prescription medicines and lots of water.5) Are we there yet? The Buzz Kiddy Distraction Study revealed 95% of parents have been distracted by their children when driving. Nearly 30% of parents said they’ve turned around to talk to their kids in the back seat while driving Keep the little ones occupied and safe with DVD’s, colouring books or music and sing-alongs. Spoken games like I spy, Sweet and Sour, Spot the Cows are also fun ways to keep them busy.6) Safety first: Make sure everyone has seat belts on- kids are in suitable restraints for their age; pets are restrained both for their safety and to avoid distracting the driver. Luggage should be securely packed in the boot. Avoid driving at night. When you stop, park carefully at night find a well-lit spot or lot7) Stop, revive, survive: Make regular pit stops preferably at a playground or an area away from traffic where kids can have a run around and you can stretch your legs. Stock up on water and other essential supplies8) Share driving: Take turns driving with your spouse/friend. Don’t wait until you’re tired. Avoid driving more than 2 hours at a time, particularly at night. If you’re the only adult, break up the journey with an overnight stay if suitable9) Expect the unexpected: Things may go wrong when you least expect them to be. Check your spare tyre. Can you change a flat tyre in case you get stuck in a remote location? First aid supplies will come in handy in case of small injuries. Make sure you have some cash, Credit Card and Eftpos may not be accepted everywhere, specially in country areas10) Have fun on the way and make memories: Road trips are great for family bonding and creating memories to last a life time. Take lots of photos. Encourage kids to read and learn names of landmarks on the way. Most importantly relax and enjoy the drive

By | 2010-09-09T16:25:11+00:00 September 9th, 2010|Car Insurance, Insurance News|
 
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