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The school holidays are fast approaching and for many of us that means holidays or fun family days out in the car, but do you have all the necessary equipment for the car that you need? Trusted Dealers takes a look below at the essentials for summer driving trips.
Road cross bars – for those heading out on bikes, rood cross bars are the perfect accessory to hold cycle carriers, or you can place bikes on the back of a car using a tow bar cycle carrier. You can also use roof cross bars for a roof box should you need it, and many cars will come with a tow bar making it possible to tow a caravan or trailer.
Rubber mats – if you’re keen to preserve your car and keep it kid-proof, invest in a set of rubber mats for the front, rear and boot. These handy accessories will protect your car’s interior from mud, sand, spillages and water keeping your car in great condition throughout the summer months.
When embarking on a long journey, it’s worth taking some time to consider how you plan to pack up your car. A badly packed vehicle can become a hazard not just for your passengers but also for other road users. Trusted Dealers has listed some basic tips below:
Heavy items – place heavy items at the bottom of the boot floor and push them up against the back seat to reduce the risk of them bursting through in the event of a crash. Items which get thrown about in a crash weigh a lot more on impact than when they are stationary.
Lighter items – such as sports bags, beach mats and inflatable mattresses are best packed around the heavier items to fill up the empty space and stop the larger items from moving about. Make sure you pack these items as firmly and compactly as possible.
Keep it low – make sure you avoid packing above the line of the back seats. Newer cars are all built with luggage nets to stop items from flying into the back in the event of abrupt braking or an accident. If your car doesn’t have a luggage net, secure your luggage with cargo straps.
Close seatbelts – if there are no passengers in the back the rear seatbelts should also be closed crosswise to give the back seat extra stability.
Safety items – safety items which are required for travel in Europe such as a warning triangle, warning vests and a first aid kit, have to by law be stowed away somewhere within the car which is within easy reach of the driver should he or she need them in an emergency.
Roof boxes – a roof box could double your carrying space. Roof boxes are not difficult to put together, but if you are not up for a bit of DIY, you can pay companies such as Halfords a small amount to fit the box into your car for you.
Cycle carrier – to gain the best value or money consider a few points before you purchase your cycle carrier such as, how many bikes does it need to carry? How big are the bikes and are they heavy? If you’re transporting expensive bikes, it’s well worth investing in a more superior bike rack that is sturdy and reliable and holds the bikes safely.