How To Minimise The Tears And Maximise The Smiles
It’s that time of the year again. The crisp, cool air in the mornings. Snuggies and blankets in front of the TV in the evenings. The annual pilgrimage to visit the shrine of the snow gods.
Yup - it’s that exciting time of the year again, when we pack our families into the car and make the drive down to Thredbo or Perisher (or for the brave few, even further) for the snow.
Even though your kids are likely to be having the times of their lives at the snow, getting them there and back is another story.
There are fewer things that are worse than having a screaming child in the back of the car for seven hours.
Here's our tips to minimise the tears and maximise the smiles on your road trip to the snow this year.
1. Plan your trip and take enough breaks
It’s hard enough for adults to sit in a car for 7 hours straight, but near impossible for anyone between the ages of 4 - 15.
Make sure you plan regular breaks along the way. There’s enough to do and see to break the trip into 3 or 4 different legs - and your kids will be happier after being able to stretch their legs and run off some excess energy.
Popular rest stops include:
1) Bowral (nature, lookouts and walks)
2) Canberra (for Questacon)
2. Pack entertainment
Having something to distract the kids with can make the difference between arriving cranky and arriving excited.
Whatever your form of entertainment (books, toys or technology like ipads etc.), don’t bring them out immediately. Save them for when the kids actually need them (like the last 30 minute stretch before a rest break).
If giving kids technology like ipads, make sure you’ve got games, music or movies saved on the device - otherwise your internet bill might cost more than your trip to the snow!
3. Bribe them with snacks
Snacks are a great way to buy small blocks of peace and quiet.
Don’t always give them sugary treats though, as it might make things worse.
Think sultanas, natural chips and other healthy snacks that won’t spike their sugar (and noise) levels.
It’s also a good idea not to give them anything messy or sticky, otherwise your car may require a bit of a clean when you get back.
Comfort plays a big factor in having a happy road trip - not just for the kids but for you as well.
Driving and being seated in the one position for hours on end is one of the easiest ways to get a bad back, and the last thing you want to do is spend all that time getting up there, and not be able to hit the moguls or nail the park because you’ve got a sore back.
Having a car that is made for long trips, like the Subaru Forester (pictured opposite) can make the difference between arriving ready to tackle the slopes or having to drive straight to the local Chiro.
5. Having a reliable vehicle
What’s worse than not going to the snow? Not going because you're stuck on the side of the highway with a broken down car.
Hurling down the highway in a beat up metal box might have been part of the fun before the kids came into the picture, but having to wait several hours on the side of the road with little ones doesn’t exactly make for a great holiday.
It’s a good idea to do some basic maintenance on your car before heading out, but also keep in mind that when you get to the snow, there’s going to be… well.. Snow!
Make sure you’re carrying a set of snow chains on you. If you’re driving a vehicle designed for the snow/ outdoors you might not need to go through the hassle of putting them on, but you will still be required to be have them.
In terms of comfort and reliability, it’s hard to look past the Subaru Forester.
With Subaru’s history of creating vehicles that are equally comfortable out in the bush and show as it is in the shopping centre carpark, you can’t go wrong with this vehicle.
With a 5 star ANCAP rating, a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine (XT models) and class leading storage capacity (boot space is 422 ltr), the 2016 model has already been rated as one of the best AWD (all wheel drive) vehicles both here at home and also internationally.
Come into Bill Buckle to find out why this is the perfect vehicle to keep your family safe and happy on your trips to the snow.