Summer holidays are almost here, and for some families, that means hitting the Autobahns, the autoroutes, the autostrade with the little ones in the back. But before the dreams of exotic traffic jams and wailing kids asking if you are there yet, there are some legal matters to attend to.
There are some differences between the different countries, if you’re planning some cross-border shenanigans, but there are some recurring themes – suitable child restraints for passengers under a certain height, airbags should be disabled if rear-facing seats are used at the front – but this does raise one question…
So, the festive season is finally over – the last few mince pies sit neglected in the cupboard, the miasma of sprout and turkey odours is beginning to clear, the tree is dropping the last few needles into the carpet before it’s dumped outside in the backyard to rust like an abandoned battleship.
Normal life is coming back into focus – painfully, like the hurt inflicted by daylight after a long week of over-indulgence and irresponsibility – and normal life means weighing up some non-frivolous purchasing decisions. In other words, it’s January, and that means sales.
So, you’ve decided to hit the road (or the rails or the skies or the high seas) with one or more of your little bundles of joy. A daunting prospect for many, but far from impossible. There is plenty of advice out there on how to make your journey, and your stays away from home, as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Who knows? Your holiday meant end up actually feeling like a holiday!