Raising a family is no easy feat and you can often find that you have a lot on your plate when you’re a dad. Sometimes everyday life can get on top of you even when you have a partner to help. It is important to remember that you can accomplish anything if you have the right tools.
One of these coping mechanisms is finding a safe space, and for many dads that takes the form of their car. But having a car can come with its own challenges, so here are a few tips to help save you time in your family life.
Let’s not beat around the bush; kids can be extremely messy. It doesn’t matter how many times you tell a child to be careful with their food and drink, they still end up droppingsomething in your newly cleaned car. You don’t want to spend your precious free time scrubbing out food stains from the back seats.
You can circumvent this issue by investing in some plastic car covers. The right type of seat cover will fit neatly over the back row so as not to remove any of the comfort but they are easily removable. That means the next time a spillage occurs, you can just strip the cover and wash it with little effort.
One of the most popular modern gadgets at present is the dashboard camera. These small devices record everything that happens on your journey and saves it all on a memory card.
This device is useful in the event of an accident as you can find proof of the offending party and speed up any insurance claims. Also, a dash cam can be used as an anti-theft tool. An errant car thief isn’t going to target a parked vehicle with a wired up camera visible in the windscreen.
A jerry can is the classic example of an object that is hardly ever used but you will be thankful to have it when the time comes. These portable canisters are filled up at petrol stations as an extra source of fuel in case of an emergency. It is so easy to forget necessary objects, so always check that you have a full jerry can in the event of a leak or fuel shortage. This extra dose of fuel can save you hours of waiting at the roadside, even if it only helps you to limp home.
There are some examples of safety equipment that you should always carry, like a spare tire and a first aid kit. However, other pieces of equipment are seen as less useful and are neglected. Unfortunately, you could find yourself in a spot of bother if you leave home without some essentials.
If your car gets stuck in a precarious position, you will be thankful that you had a winch on hand. If you break down at night, you are also going to need to be seen in a hi-vis jacket.
Being a parent comes with a string of challenges, so it is always important to prepare for every eventuality. As the old saying goes, ‘it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it’. You’ll never be more grateful for you good prep skills than when you have kids to look after.