Despite my best attempts it is virtually impossible to manage without a car when you have three children. There are the endless trips to friends’ houses, clubs and sports activities and although my children are excellent at cycling, when it’s rainy and dark you really need to be able to go out and about in the car. The car has become an unavoidable necessity for modern life and its maintenance one of those chores which just has to become second nature. At this time of year it’s even more important to make sure the car is in really good order and you need to make sure that you have a really good breakdown cover product because you don’t know when you might need it.
When we go out and about in the car I always make sure that I have a little breakdown kit in the boot just in case. This includes a blanket big enough for the children to snuggle under, a red warning triangle, a few bottles of water and some chocolate bars. I also have a first aid kit and crucially, I make sure that my mobile phone is fully charged up as I can't imagine the nightmare of having to walk to a phone along a busy road with three children in tow.
One of the things that I have on my car maintenance routine is regular checking our car seats to make sure that they are in good working order and are appropriate for each of the children. The number of parents I see who have their children in inappropriate or really old car seats is frightening. It can be quite a dilemma whether to tell the parent that their seat is unsuitable.
I must admit that recently I’ve become very anxious about driving with children as I had a car accident which frightened the life out of me. I've been considering taking an advanced driving course in order to build up my confidence a bit. The responsibility of three other little lives is quite scary when you think about it, which is why for me breakdown cover is essential as this takes one of the worries away. However, in the meantime I've spent quite a long time studying the RoSPA website which is a little goldmine of information on all sorts of safety and has a brilliant road safety section.
I hope you found the information here useful, driving is a responsibility at any time, but once you become a parent it’s even more crucial to make sure that you are prepared for every eventuality. I'd love to hear your tips so please let me know in the comments below.