There is no convenient time for a car to break down but with screaming children in the back and a boot full of shopping, sitting on the hard shoulder of a dual carriageway whilst traffic shoots past at fast speeds it is nothing less of terrifying. Our cars are one of the most important members of our family after all and coping with their loss is no easy task.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to tackle this problem head-on. To cope with the loss of one of your treasured family members, follow these three easy steps:
1. Focus on your recovery
No matter where your car breaks down the first thing you need to do is get safe – and get recovered! Follow basic safety protocols and if children are with you then do your best to keep them calm. Keep them well away from the road and ensure their safety is always your main priority. Then should then arrange for your vehicle to be recovered or repaired at the roadside (if possible).
2. Look at new cars
If the diagnosis on your motor is terminal then you’ll need to look at getting a new car. In the meantime, you’re insurance provider may offer you a hire car to get you out of difficulty. Alternatively, you can hire a car yourself. Whatever you decide, always ensure the vehicle is covered with car hire excess to keep you and your family safe at all times.
When looking at new cars, focus on the features which are most important to you. As a parent, safety should be top of the list with storage capacity a close second. Fuel economy will naturally be a priority too and those who want to teach their children about environmental preservations should look for an eco friendly model too.
Buying a car with carbon emissions of less than 100g/km will show your dedication to reducing the impact you have on the environment which is a great lesson for kids to learn. What’s even better is it means you’ll be exempt from paying road tax too!
3. Review your travel
Whilst you don’t have a car it may also be worthwhile reviewing your travel arrangements. By not having a vehicle you may find that you can cut down on the number of journeys you take.
Walking or cycling with your kids to school is a great way for all to get exercise and most schools have bike sheds where you kids can keep their bicycles safe from harm. By identifying where you can cut down on travel now you can ensure you use your new car more sparingly – something which is good for your health, your wallet and your eco-conscience!
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