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If you are traveling anywhere in your car, it is well worth following some tips on how to pack your car successfully for a long journey to avoid any unnecessary stress before you’ve actually left home!
If you own an estate car or a car with a large boot, you might think that the easiest solution is to just throw all your luggage in and hope you can shut the door afterwards, but if you want to make sure that you and your passengers keep safe for the journey ahead, follow our simple tips below.
Keep heavy items secure
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 which is why heavy items should be placed directly against the back seat and be held in place and prevented from moving around by other pieces of luggage or tie downs.
Make use of lighter items
As well as the heavier suitcases, holiday luggage usually consists of lighter items such as sports bags, beach mats, inflatable mattresses etc which 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 around the larger items to keep your load secure.
Simple packing rules
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 but it is also recommended to secure all your luggage with cargo straps. If there are no passengers in the back, the rear seat belts should also be closed crosswise to give the back seat extra stability. If you are transporting bikes and other goods, make sure you have the appropriate bike racks and/or a roof box.
All 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.
Final tips include checking your tyre pressure before you set off. A heavier load will require you to adjust your pressure according to your vehicle’s handbook. The weight in the back of your car may also cause the front of the car to lift up higher than normal therefore you must also dip your headlights to avoid blinding oncoming traffic at night.