What a term it has been, the summer holidays couldn’t come soon enough. Thankfully tomorrow is the last day, and then we have 6 weeks of no more early mornings, home work or the dreaded school run. Instead I plan to spend most of the summer visiting campsites around Somerset and eating roasted marshmallows by the campfire with the kids.
The only downside to camping, is all the driving, and loading the car with camping gear. I have come up with these top tips to help you stay safe on the roads this summer, when you go camping.
1. Roof racks and boxes are a great way to gain additional storage, but you must check the maximum roof load for your car. It is best to carry the bulky but light items in the roof box such as bedding, sleeping bags, and air beds. Also remember the box adds the extra height to your car (do not try to drive into a multi story car park with a roof box on, trust me I have done it)
2. Also your tyres need to be checked before going on a long journey. You may need to adjust the tyre pressure to suit the load you are carrying. If you are worried ask your local garage to check your tyres to make sure they are not to warn, or arrange to get them replaced prior to your holiday.
3. Inside the car, make sure every thing is secure. Try and keep heavier items low down, the best place is tucked right in behind the back seats. If you are limited for space and the camping gear is going to be above the height of the back seats, fit a dog guard to reduce the risk of things flying forward in a crash.
4. Always carry a spare bottle of water in the car that’s easily assessable. Getting stuck in long traffic jams in the blazing sunshine, you will often seen overheated cars on the roadside because they forgot to check their water levels before setting off.
5. If you have kids in the car, make sure you have things to keep them busy. Especially on the M5 in Somerset, its famous for its long tail backs . It can be so boring for children, some thing traditional like an i-spy book, their tablets, or an in-car TV/DVD player. The last thing you want is the children getting bored and distracting you whilst you are driving.
These are my top tips for a successful camping trip, I will do a follow-up with the best camping gear to pack. If you have any more tips, please leave a comment below.