Here at easytrip we are getting ready for back to school and the saying ‘99% of the job is preparation’ comes to mind, so as September is National Preparedness month we have done some research for you to assist in getting your car prepared for the back to school season – and it’s not just about checking the tyres:
- Is it your first year for the school run? – if so be sure to drive the route in advance to know where you’re going and to find the easiest or quickest way to the school gates (or, indeed, a safe parking place near the school gates). Bring the children along so that they can get prepared and excited about their first day too.
- Vehicle check – it’s vital that your vehicle is in good working order so make sure you check your lights, the oil and anti-freeze levels, the wiper blade condition, the windscreen water levels and your tyres for any bulges or small cuts (don’t forget the spare) – if you are not totally sure how to do any of these, consult an expert! If your vehicle has its yearly car service coming up make sure to get it booked in.
- Prepare as much as you can the night before – have bags / lunches / sports kit / uniform ready from the evening before so as to cut the time needed in the morning to get out the door on time – and don’t for get to set the alarms.
- Spare items – it’s always good to have extra items in the car in case of those little emergencies. These can include anything from first aid kit and wet wipes, to hairbrushes, school ties, and spare shoes. Don’t forget to also include some snacks and drinks.
- Entertainment – if your school run is going to be long make sure you have items on board to keep the children entertained. An iPad / tablet computer, music to sing along to or consider compiling some quiz questions that they can do themselves to tie in with their school work.
- Parking outside the school – we’ve all seen cars parked all over the place at school gates, blocking oncoming traffic or up on the footpaths. Many schools don’t allow parking directly in front of the school now so be respectful of this and find a safe place nearby to park when dropping off your children to school.
- Breakdown cover – recent research that we carried out revealed that three out of five drivers don’t have breakdown cover and we all know that getting stuck by the side of the road is no joke. Our new easyassist service provides customers with assistance on all major breakdown scenarios nationwide including: battery charge; punctures; refuelling; wheel change; home start assist; and continuation of journey from just €3.99 a month – find out more here.