There’s no better time to bond with your loved ones than the sunny summers? It’s the perfect time to throw on some SPF and take a much-needed break to spend your holidays driving around with the family.
If you’re up for mountains, waterfalls and beaches, look no further than Ireland. The gorgeous country boasts an endless list of locations that will make you feel like you’re driving around paradise.
But even a paradise-like trip can quickly go sideways. Impatient cries of bored kids don’t really go well with an irritated partner for the ears of a tired driver. There are a million little problems that can come up on the drive, but a little bit of pre-planning will go a long way in making your trip memorable for all the right reasons.
Plan it out
A spontaneous decision to go on a road trip in Ireland sounds exciting, and may have even worked for a solo ride. But when you’re bringing along your family and pets you need to think things through.
Pets (especially dogs) enjoy a nice car ride, but long hot journeys can irritate them and even make them sick! When you plan your route, mark out frequent spots to take breaks and cool down with your furry friends.
Be sure to have your route clearly mapped out as well. A little detour here and there is fine as long as you know how to get back on track. When you’re taking along children and pets you need to be extra careful in your planning
Another thing to keep in mind is timing. Maybe keeping a rigid routine with everything planned to the minute is a little too much, but there are other ways you can manage time. Try to visit the most popular places early in the morning. That way you can enjoy the rising sun and avoid annoying rush hours.
Before you start packing your things you need to make sure your car has everything it needs to provide a safe and carefree drive for you throughout. Getting stuck in an isolated location is the last thing you need.
Car troubles will not only put a damper on the mood, but they can put you and your family at risk if the nearest garage is actually far and away. Obviously, some things are unpredictable, but there are many precautions you can take at your end, such as:
Ireland is a favourite destination amongst travellers for its scenic routes, which is how you can end up in traffic jams at some points. Maybe you won’t, but it’s always best to be prepared. To prevent your engine heating up, make sure your coolant levels are sufficient and fill up if you need to.
This is also the right time for an oil-check. Engine oil provides lubrication for the machinery inside and prolongs its life. Make sure your oil levels and completely full before you head on your journey.
This may seem like an obvious measure but people often miss it out in a hurry: tyre pressure. Your four tyres will be bearing the weight of your family and luggage for a long time so it’s very important to keep them at an appropriate pressure level.
Make a careful inspection for any punctures and be sure to pack a spare just in case – getting stranded can be quite the mood-killer.
Entertainment en route
Yes, every corner of Ireland is breath-taking but sometimes even a lovely view is not enough to keep you and your children entertained. Thankfully, we live in an era of advanced infotainment systems in cars so there are a number of ways to keep your journey interesting.
Don’t worry if your car doesn’t have much to offer in terms of technology. An internet connection and a tablet is all you need. Play games, stream movies, make videos, live stream – there is a whole world of exciting options at your fingertips.
You can also take along activity books for the kids if you want to keep their screen-time limited. audiobooks and song mixes can also provide long hours of interest for the whole family.
Keep calm and enjoy the ride
You never know what twists and turns life will throw your way in the future, so seize the present and make time for your loved ones. Driving with your family the perfect way to have fun and create some amazing memories that you’ll fondly look back on for years to come.
Once you’ve made all the preparations you can just sit back, relax and enjoy having a great time with your nearest and dearest. Happy travelling!