The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking

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The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking.

As you’ll all know from my Lifestyle and Travel category, you’ll know that we love to travel and family days out are one of our favourite things to do.

There isn’t much that beats a walk with Mollie around our local area but sometimes, it’s nice to hop into a car and explore somewhere a little further afield.

The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking

As a mum of 4 kids and one fur baby, I’m all too aware that the Christmas holidays are creeping up fast so it’s time to start making a list of fun and festive things to do.

One idea I’ve had is to pile everyone into the car and head off on a road trip somewhere, maybe visit a Christmas market in a new city or something.

However as I’m sure you’re all too aware, long journeys can take some serious planning when it comes to kids and the cooler months.

The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking

So as I plan for the coming months, I thought I’d share some of my tips on one of the most important phases of preparation with you and that’s making your car is in full working order.

Lower temperatures and frequent bouts of torrential rain can mean driving conditions are a lot harsher so it’s super important that you give your vehicle some TLC before hitting the road.

The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking

The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking:

Make Sure You’re Updated With Your MOT And Servicing:

It’s generally recommended that a car has an MOT and a full service once a year (or at every 12,000 miles if you spend a lot of time driving) so if you’ve fallen behind, now is the perfect time to catch up.

You can actually be fined up to 1,000 if you don’t have a valid MOT and we could all do without any nasty surprises like that when there are presents to be buying! Places like Kwik Fit can help make sure you’re all good under the hood and make sure things like battery levels are in check. They’ll also make sure you oil and coolant levels are sufficient which will be a load off your mind.

The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking

Test Your Treads And Adjust Your Air Pressure:

Before you start thinking about car snacks, journey entertainment and your toilet pit stops along the way (and we all know how important they are), it’s time to make sure your tyres are in tip-top condition.

If your wheels aren’t how they should be, you may find yourself stumbling across unnecessary hurdles or accidents as you travel from A to B.

Making sure your tread depth is meeting the legal requirement (1.6mm) and ensuring there is enough air in your wheels can go a long way to improving car safety measures.

The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking

Stock Up On Additional Safety Items:

While all of the above suggestions will help you dodge any driving disasters, if you do happen to find yourself in a sticky situation, it’s essential that you’re prepared. For example, if you find yourself waiting on the hard shoulder of a motorway waiting for somebody to come to your assistance, make sure you’ve got blankets to keep warm, water to stay hydrated and snacks to keep the kids entertained.

Things like a First Aid kit, a warning triangle, a high-vis vest and a torch are also all useful items that won’t take up much space in your boot but are definitely worth taking along on your travels – just in case.

Share Yor Tips With Us:

The Car Safety Checklist We Should All Be Ticking. If you have any of your own tips that you’d like to share with me, or if you think there’s anything I might have missed off the list, leave me a comment below or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #CarSafetyChecklist.


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  1. A Green and Rosie Life
    14 January 2018 / 07:44

    Remember, too, that if you are travelling abroad with your car that other countries have different rules for what is obligatory to carry in the car. In France, for example, it is law, not suggested, to carry a warning triangle, high Vis jackets for each person in the car, replacement glasses if you need them for driving, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher and replacement light bulbs. The jackets must be within reach from inside the car so not stuffed in the boot allowing you to have them on before you exit the car. #MMBC

  2. Anosa Malanga
    23 October 2017 / 16:07

    Before I got my car I bought lots of road safety gear for my car and glad I did

  3. Zena's Suitcase
    21 October 2017 / 20:14

    The one thing we are really bad at keeping on top of is checking the tyre pressure, and it's so important when the seasons change

  4. Thinking Thrifty
    21 October 2017 / 09:11

    I'm.such s paranoid passenger, there's no chance PK wood be taking me anywhere without proper checks. Really good tips these!

  5. Our Fairytale Adventure
    21 October 2017 / 09:00

    It is so important to check tyres and get a car serviced before long car rides. We made sure to do the standard checks and then got the mechanic to have a look before we did our big trip across northern Europe. Car safety is so important.

  6. kerry louise norris
    21 October 2017 / 07:38

    Great tips. I must admit I'm usually rubbish at car stuff. I always get my hubby to check everything

  7. Kezzie
    20 October 2017 / 23:00

    As we are about to go on a 5+ hour car journey, I am grateful for this advice!x

  8. Kara Guppy
    20 October 2017 / 16:32

    I have just had the dreaded text that my car is due a service

    • 20 October 2017 / 22:18

      It has fallen nicely before Winter though Kara 🙂

  9. Newcastle Family Life
    20 October 2017 / 09:00

    I am lucky my dad is a retired AA man so he keeps an eye on anything car related x

  10. Hannah Anderson
    20 October 2017 / 05:24

    I totally agree! I don't drive far distances but I'm going to make it a regular habit to check these!

  11. Kira
    19 October 2017 / 22:37

    Great tips here . I don't drive at the minute but learning so this was really helpful 🙂

  12. Five Little Doves
    19 October 2017 / 22:01

    Such a fab post, we have had way too many break out dramas!

  13. Leona
    19 October 2017 / 20:00

    My husband is very vigilant about this. He has the full requirements for european driving. So many popel ignore it though

    • 20 October 2017 / 14:11

      Thanks for stopping by. It is so important isn't it 🙂

  14. Anonymous
    19 October 2017 / 17:01

    Great tips here. I like to get my car in order before Winter.

  15. The Parenting Trials
    19 October 2017 / 10:04

    such a great post and list, especially with the weather getting a bit more therefore making the roads more slippery.

  16. Tamar SB
    19 October 2017 / 09:07

    Great list! Always important to keep the car a safe place.