I’ve been driving for just over a year now and I’ll be honest with you, passing my driving test was one of the best things I ever did and I am so so grateful to be where I am today. I drive almost every day and love nothing more than to just get in the car and go out for a drive. However quite often I will forget something or there will be a problem that I am keen to solve so I figured I would put together a little list of things I do & things that I think would help other parents and drivers too.
Always make sure you’ve got fuel: This is so so important and something I used to panic about when I first passed my test. Yes you do have a good few miles left on the clock after it’s hit red but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I always like to make sure I have fuel just in case there is ever an emergency and I need to go out in the middle of the night, I don’t want to be faffing around with fuel pumps at 3 o’clock in the morning.
Keep a can of de-icer & a ice scraper in the car: In the winter this is an absolute essential and quite a few times I have dished out my de-icer when I’ve seen someone struggling. I think people forget how long it takes to warm up a car & de-ice it in the winter so always make sure you leave 5 minutes earlier than usual if you’re going to work or doing the school run.
Keep a blanket in the car: You never know when you’re going to need one. Ever since Alyssia was a small baby I have always carried a spare blanket in the car just in case and it has come in handy quite a few times whether that be because its been cold or because we’ve needed it as a picnic blanket.
Check your tyres regularly: This is something that not many people do but you really should. Always make sure that you’ve got enough tread on your wheels or you could find yourself in a dangerous situation, if you’re ever stuck you can order car tyres in Stirling and get local fitting at Fife Autocentre.
Keep a packet of wet wipes in the car: If you’re a parent, you will know how important this is. I used to always find myself desperately searching the changing bag for a wet wipe but now I always have one within reach.
Keep a small box in the boot of the car: This is such a good idea and I’m so glad I started to do this, get a small box & fill it with essentials for example, wet wipes, a nappy, some toys, chewing gum, spare phone charger, small first aid kid etc.. all things that would come in handy at some point.
Tidy the car before getting out: There’s nothing worse than getting into a car full of rubbish it makes you feel rubbish yourself, not only that it’s not nice for others if you unexpected go and pick somebody up, I always try and clear the car of any rubbish before going back in the house & quite often I’ll go over the dashboard with antibacterial wipes.
Clean your car with the toddlers help: If you find yourself in a situation where you feel like you couldn’t possibly go and clean the car without the toddler having a meltdown, get them to help too. Alyssia loves to help me clean, she uses her wet wipes while I use the anti-bacterial wipes and she does her best to copy me.
I hope you enjoyed my top tips and start to use them yourself, it is so so important to make sure that you aren’t driving around on an empty fuel light & to always check that your tyres are up to scratch. Keeping a small box of essentials in the car is such a good idea and there’s always that one thing you need when its not there.
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