With the bank holiday just around the corner, and summer definitely in sight, it's time to start thinking about that all-important family getaway. Although sunnier climes are tempting, the thought of getting your family to an airport in the small hours of the morning is enough to ruin the whole thing. This is why, over recent years, we've seen the rise of the staycation, with more families opting to stay in good ol' blighty for their Easter holiday.
However, if you are planning to drive to somewhere in the UK over the next few weeks, it's important that you prepare so that you get your break off to the best start.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has offered advice, along with Britain's top advanced driver – Peter Rodger.
Before you set off for your Easter break, you need to make sure your car is in good working order to keep you and your loved ones are safe. You will need to check that all the lights are working and that your tyres have enough tread and pressure, according to the experts.
It's also a good idea to fill up before you set off on your journey, petrol prices can be significantly more expensive at service stations so you will want to use them as little as possible. As well as filling up before you go, if you want to watch your wallet, you should also make sure you are carrying as little weight as possible to reduce your fuel consumption.
However, whenever a family goes anywhere, there is usually plenty to bring. According to the leading authority, when you are packing your car, you need to make sure that everything is secure and that nothing is obstructing your view or could fall.
It's also a good idea to plan your journey ahead so that you can avoid heavy traffic times. This will help to reduce your stress levels and won't set yourself unrealistic targets. It's important to allow enough time for you to take a break, have a drink and stretch your legs – especially if you have children with you.
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