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Due to travel restrictions on foreign travel, an increasing number of Brits are choosing to ditch the long-haul holidays in favour of a staycation. Avoiding lengthy quarantines upon return and airport queues, Google has seen a 500% increase in searches for staycations in the last year due to Covid.

But why are staycations so popular?

Well, there are a number of reasons why staycations are here to stay. Firstly, staycations are the logical choice during a pandemic. With travel restrictions changing constantly, it’s no surprise that many families are opting to stay in a Covid-secure bubble in the UK.

Not only that, but staycations are perfect for young families. Forget having to pacify small children on an aeroplane – staycations are extremely convenient as you only have to load the family in the car. You can also take as much luggage as you like!

Staycations also tend to be more affordable for many, but this isn’t always the case. From finding the perfect accommodation to getting your car in tip-top shape for a long journey, costs can soon mount up – so you should consider your finances fully before making plans.

When making a list of things to check, many people pack sun cream but overlook the car. If you’re planning a staycation, read on to find out what you should check before setting off.

Staycation checklist:

Documentation

Before you set off, make sure you have all the relevant car documentation, including your driving licence, service book, MOT certificate and insurance certificate.

Give your car the once over

Check the oil, coolant and brake fluid. Also, make sure there are no cracks in the deposits.

Tyres

Before you set off, make sure to check your tyre pressure and the overall state of your tyres. If you discover a puncture or a lack of tread depth, you may wish to consider replacing the tyres. Underinflated tyres are a major cause of tyre blowouts which can cause fatal accidents at high speed.

Lights

Check your lights are all working properly. To do this, turn on your ignition, turn your lights on and walk around the car. If you notice any lights aren’t working – make sure to change these immediately.

Safety

Finally, consider what safety equipment you’ll be taking. Are you going to take high visibility jackets or an emergency triangle? If the weather is forecast to be unpredictable or cold, you may also wish to take a shovel.

And there you have it! By taking the time to do a few simple checks on your car, you’ll have the peace of mind that your car is ready to take you to your chosen destination. Not only is it safer, but having your car in the best condition will make your staycation much better (and journey smoother!).

Now sit back, relax and enjoy the holiday.

Vanessa Campbell has been a Senior Writer for more than a decade already. She has liaised closely with key members of the Marketing and Leadership team as well as key stakeholders, providing content support for concepts and ideas to take brands to the next level. She has been leading marketing campaign initiatives that have successfully thrived and prosper throughout the years.

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