Planning A Family Trip & Making Sure Our Car Is Safe.

We have a planned holiday in the next couple of months, just a UK holiday - but I'm so excited to go and explore somewhere new, to get away just for a week and spend some time together as a family of four, without all the stresses of home family life. I'm also a little bit excited and nervous about the road trip. It's going to take us a good few hours to get to our destination, and Emily has recently found a love for Eye-Spy. Although she doesn't play it the normal way, instead of using a letter, she uses a colour. I'm sure that we are going to be sick of guessing every colour car on the way within the first fifteen minutes - but that's what you do on a road trip, isn't it.

With that in mind, Sam and I turned out attention to his tyres. We replace two out of the four not so long back, but after checking again, Sam has said we will need to replace the other two before we go. I was really surprised by the fact that most people don't know how to check their tyres, its such a simple thing to do, and takes seconds, but is also something so vital to make sure you keep on top of. Did you know you can actually get a fine of up to £2,500 and 3 penalty points, per illegal tyre? I hope just reading that sentence makes you want to go and check yours.

It's really simple to check your tyre tread, you can even use a twenty pence piece. Simply place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer edge of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit. If it is not you really need to get them checked by a professional. I know you can buy a tread depth gauge from eBay for about £3 too - we bought one and keep it in our glove box, and it's been an absolutely brilliant buy.

The legal limit for a car tyre tread depth is 1.6mm, however, Sam never lets them get any less than 3mm as the performance of the tyre begins to reduce significantly. If you think about it for a second, you'll realise just how important the tyres are on your car. They are the only contact between the car and the road, they provide steering and breaking, and the tread patterns also help to disperse surgace water from the car - which could cause the car to aquaplane. Something that can be quite scary, and something that is completely avoidable if you keep ontop of your checks.

I'm so glad that we checked well in advance of our trip. It means we have plenty of time to actually do something about it, and save up a little bit more money to be able to purchase new tyres. If you are looking to stay in budget, cheap tyres are available at Jet Wheel Tyre. We also then have to think about the additional expense of getting the tracking redone.

I'm so excited to be able to go on our road trip, knowing that we are going to get to spend lots of quality time together as a family, but also knowing that my girlies will be as safe as they possibly can be in our car on that journey - because we took the time to think ahead, and make sure that everything is fine with our car. We also have a 'just encase pack' in the car at all times, with some essentials, such as a first aid kit, snacks, blankets, and bottled water - just incase we get stranded. There is no such thing as being too safe when it comes to travelling with children.

- collaborative post.

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