Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Keeping the Family Safe Whilst Driving

As we prepare to head down to Manchester this weekend, aside from packing all the essentials for a weekend away, we always give our car a safety once over. This involves making sure all the lights work, making sure we have plenty of water for cleaning the windscreen and checking our tyres have the correct tyre pressure.

The car had its first service just last month so I know that our oil levels are all good as are our brakes and the necessary fluids to keep a car going. I was worried I was going to get a bill for new tyres though because our car has high performance Pirelli P Zero tyres meaning they are softer and wear down quicker. And, at almost £250 a tyre, I was definitely on the look out for somewhere that sold them a bit cheaper.

Point S have a great selection of tyres and a handy search that allows you to enter your registration plate (great for me who has no idea about tyres!) and they will display all the available tyre brands that are suitable for your car. My car has run flats; this means that if one of my tyres does get a puncture, I can still drive the car until I'm able to get a new tyre for it...within reason of course!

Thankfully the tyres are fine and still have a good 5mm tread left on them. However, it is still important to make sure that you check your tyres on a regular basis and that they have the correct, maximum air pressure in them. This ensures they provide optimum performance and, most importantly, keep you and your family safe on any car journey.

Other ways we make sure we are safety conscious on any car journey are:
  1. Plenty of water to keep us all hydrated
  2. Regular breaks for the toilet and for the driver to take a break
  3. An in-car phone charger
  4. Details of our breakdown cover and insurance details
  5. Tablets or the DVD player so the kids can be kept amused and don't ask if we are "nearly there yet?"

What safety checks do you make before you go on a car journey? 

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