Top tips to get ready for the holiday drive
With the countdown to the school holidays underway, Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is backing the British public in their quest to get their car ready for the summer holiday drive. Whether it’s driving the whole family, including gran, the dog and the children’s collection of scooters, skate boards and toys to a campsite or a romantic trip to a beach hut on the coast, it’s an annual challenge for holidaymakers to get the car packed for a long journey.
It’s worth considering first if the usual family car is up to the job. The city compact may be great for getting around town, but when it comes to taking the whole family away it could be a tight squeeze. And the extra miles of a long holiday journey will add to the wear and tear on the family car, potentially impacting on its value when it comes to selling it.
Europcar recommends hiring a car that is fit for purpose. Not only will this ensure that there’s room for all the luggage and other paraphernalia that the family need. It will also offer reliability because all Europcar vehicles are fully serviced and maintained, plus there’s roadside assistance should the worst happen. Holidaymakers don’t even have to worry about driving to a Europcar branch to collect the vehicle. The Europcar ToMyDoor service offers free delivery and collection for all customers, within 5 miles of a branch for those hiring a car for two days or more.
Whatever the choice of car, holidaymakers need to make sure all the luggage – and passengers – are safely loaded. If a roof rack is used, make sure it’s securely fastened and any items are strapped down. It’s also important to check that items inside the car are not going to cause harm to passengers in the case of sudden braking, and nothing is blocking the driver’s view out of the rear windows.
It may take a couple of practices to fit everything in the car, but it’s worth having a play around to see which items fit best where. And think about having easy access to bags with essentials, such as mobile phones and money for tolls. Passengers will also be much happier and comfortable if they are not drowning amongst the luggage.
Once the car is packed it’s also worth making sure that the driver and passengers are ready. Planning the route with comfort breaks and rest points will make the journey easier on everyone and is vital for a safe trip. It is also worth considering in-car entertainment to avoid 101 questions of “are we there yet?”
“Wherever you plan to drive to this summer, don’t let your car hinder the trip”, said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “Having the right vehicle is important for both safety and comfort, and with lots of great, affordable hire cars available from Europcar there’s no excuse for not being able to fit in that extra bag or the kids being crammed in the back!
“Packing the car properly will also make a big difference to your trip, so it’s worth thinking ahead to make sure this summer’s drive is a stress free adventure”.
Europcar’s Top Tips for Packing a Car Like a Pro
- Consider the best car for the journey. Hiring a car might be the best option to fit in all the luggage.
- Put the heaviest items as far forward and as close to the floor in the boot as possible – this helps to keep the center of gravity low, reduce the weight over the wheels and prevent the car from becoming top-heavy
- For items being packed inside the car, lighter items stored on top of the bulkier baggage should be secured so they don’t fly forward in the case of a sudden stop
- Don’t pile items up to the roof – make sure the driver can see out of the rear window
- Keep essential items (drinks, snacks, change of clothes, etc) within easy reach
- Don’t forget to take advantage of spaces under the seats
- Think about where everyone sits too – passengers who are prone to carsickness need to be able to see out of the front window
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