Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Safety of Having Your Own Car

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Hubby and I love going on a road trip especially on school breaks and holidays. This is the reason why we dream of having our own car when we start having kids. It’s hard to hire and commute on public vehicles when you have little kids as they feel uncomfortable changing and switching vehicles from time to time. Hiring a private cab is not a solution because it’s not always safe when you don’t know the driver personally. We encountered professional nice drivers which safely transported us to our destination but we also happened to hire reckless drivers as well.

These experiences gave us a strong drive to save little by little for our car which in the end turned out to be a pre-owned car of the company I’m working at. As it’s a used car already we managed to afford to buy it in installment. During those years shopping online is not yet introduced and before we bought our first car we really had a hard time finding a car which not only fits our requirements but affordable as well. It was really a blessing for us as my boss gave a huge discount on the price of the car.

After some weeks of small repairs and polishing of our first car our kids feels so happy going on our weekend outdoor activities riding on our ‘Nissy’, their fond name for our white Nissan car. With our own Nissy we felt safe on every travel we have enjoying the safe driving of hubby and our time together. I was thinking that if online car sites like are available then maybe we will be able to have our car earlier. The site is a good one for finding just the right car for your family’s safety travel. Parents will no longer worry about the safety of their children when they’re the one driving the whole family to their favorite destinations.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Winter Road Trip Alone: Tips for Traveling Solo

Taking a winter road trip alone is a great way to get away from the stress of life and enjoy the freedom of the open road. Make sure to keep yourself safe and prepared for your solo trip by following these simple tips.

Set a Schedule

Make sure you plan out plenty of time for each of your destinations and factor in things like rush hour traffic if you’re driving near large cities. You want your journey to be as fun and relaxing as possible, not fraught with stress over having enough time in each place.

Prepare Your Car

Travelling in winter is completely different to any other season. The snowy roads make driving a challenge, and getting stuck on the side of the road is something all winter road trippers dread. Make sure you prepare your car for your journey by carrying out some simple checks such as checking your tire tread and pressure, checking your oil and brake fluid as well as your car battery. Here is a complete guide for preparing your car for a winter road trip.

Pack Like a Pro

When it comes to winter road trips, you can never be too prepared. Packing your car with a few essentials will keep you safe, whatever weather conditions you come up against. Make sure to pack the essentials such as bottled water, non-perishable snacks, jumper cables, a complete first aid kit, GPS, a shovel and sand.

Know Your Limits

When you’re driving solo, it’s important to know how long you can drive before you need a break. Driving when tired is extremely dangerous for you and other road users, and the last thing you want is an accident that ruins your road trip.

Official guidelines recommend driving for a maximum of 8 hours in a day, and stopping every two hours for a short break.

Keep in Touch

Before you leave, give a loved one a copy of your route and schedule. This will make sure someone knows exactly where you are at all times. It’s also a good idea to keep in regular contact and give updates on your trip. This will stop family members worrying and it gives you the peace of mind that someone knows exactly where you are should the worst happen.

Best Winter Solo Driving Tips
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. This prevents skidding and helps you maintain traction as you drive. 
  • When driving, the heel of your foot should be placed on the floor while the ball should be used to apply pressure on the brake. 
  • Never stop when driving up a hill, or drastically accelerate. The former can cause you to slide down and lose control. The latter can cause your wheels to start spinning.
  • Allow plenty of space when driving behind a car. Leave at least 8-10 seconds to come to a stop to avoid nasty bumps. 
Enjoy Your Trip! 

By following these simple steps, you can relax and enjoy your trip, knowing it will be an adventure you’ll never forget.


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