Becoming a parent means that you take on many, many roles and duties. Most of which you have never been trained in and most of which, certainly don’t come with a handbook.
But the most important role as a parent is to keep your child safe. An overwhelming responsibility from the moment that tiny bundle is placed in your arms.
I remember the moment when we first drove home from the hospital with Harley. We drove so slowly knowing our precious cargo was on board.
I often feel like I’m constantly in the car, going from one place to the next and I’m sure that as my children get older, I’ll become Mum’s Taxi even more so.
So it’s paramount to me that our car has everything fitted and working correctly as the right protection is essential, be it car seats, tyres, brakes, seat belts and lights.
Fitting the baby ‘bucket’ was so nerve wracking for me at, the beginning. We had an Isofix base to make it easier to simply clip the bucket seat into. I would recommend investing in a car with Isofix or purchasing an Isofix base as it makes it so much easier to get your baby in and out of the car safely. I used to check over and over again to make sure that the little red spot had changed to green!
And then when Harley was too big for his baby bucket seat, we had the minefield of which car seat to buy. I turned to Gov.uk to know the laws behind the ages, weight and height guidelines. How old do they have to be? How heavy or tall do they have to be? Front or rear facing? Can they have a Booster seat? And now, even with Lola, I’m referring to the legalities once again!
We turned to Halfords to help us pick our perfect seat. They made sure that the seat was fitted correctly in our car and definitely put my mind at rest.
I’m lucky that my lovely step dad used to be a mechanic by trade, so he is always checking the car over and keeping it in tip top condition for us.
To be honest he’s often nagging us about our tyres. He’s always telling us to pull onto our drive in a certain way to save the tyres from wear and tear and making sure that the air pressure and tread depth is correct.
The general upkeep of a car, is incredibly expensive and the tyres are a huge part of this, yet so fundamental to the safe running of a car.
Fortunately, Point S a leading car tyre dealership in the UK, sell tyres for every budget. The right tyres can be reserved online, no online payment is taken and then you collect them from your nearest local centre. I love how you can enter your registration number plate if you don’t know the size of the tyres you need and they will match it up for you. Perfect for someone like me who is not very car savvy.
I always make sure that I have a ‘Breakdown Survival Kit’ in the boot. I always seem to have a bottle of water and Baby Wipes on me but the other basic things I like to have with us all the time are:
Whether you drive a new or a used car, taking the correct safety measures are essential.
The cargo you have on board is far too precious to think otherwise.
What car safety tips do you turn to?