Driving in the holidays can seem daunting but since we don’t own a private jet or a helicopter we’re kind of used to it. Preparation on my part is pretty easy, pack the bags, arrange for the neighbours to take care of our bins for us and clean the house so we have something pleasant to come home to. As for the car itself I drive it 90% of the time so my job is to keep it clean and filled with fuel, the mechanics of the car and all that other stuff is usually left up to Steve.
This year we got a bit of a helping hand, Goodyear offered us a set of EfficientGrip Tyres so we had them fitted a week or so before we headed out to the point to see my parents for Christmas. I wasn’t really sure what difference they would make to be honest, I’m not a tyre expert and I don’t claim to be… I’m just a Mumma that drives. Apparently these are the quietest tyres for an SUV and there are lots of other fancy specs you can read about on the website but for me it was all about the grip.
The extra money spent on tyres really does make a difference, who knew?! We were still driving with the tyres that came with the KIA when we bought it but they were due to be replaced. As soon as the lovely team from Beaurepairs North Richmond fitted the tyres, adjusted the wheel alignment and sent me on my way I could instantly feel the difference in traction and control. As for the quietest tyres, I can’t be certain of that as I always have the radio cranked but I can say that Steve and I will be budgeting a little more than we used to, to replace these tyres when the time comes.
Something totally irreplaceable… Aidan. His safety in the car is really important to us, as with any parent. Before he was born (back in 2009) we invested in a Safe n’ Sound Meridian Convertible Car Seat and it’s since won awards every year. We couldn’t fault it and recommended it to everyone as it suits from birth to 4 years. Steve and I had been looking out for sales on a booster seat as he’s due to upgrade to a bigger size so we were delighted when Britax emailed us. Actually Aidan was the most excited, he picked the colour and asked when it would arrive everyday until it did. He even asked me to take this photo when it arrived… I think I’m rubbing off on him.
The Maxi Rider Easy Adjust Booster Seat is pretty great, I love that it will keep him safe up until 8 years of age. Aidan has a lot more room to move and wiggle and his head is a lot better supported. It has two cup holders and it has speakers, you can see Aidan hooking up my old iPhone to it. The head rest is really easy to adjust, you just pull a loop at the top and it’s done, a feature I would have loved on his old seat. The seatbelt is the same as our old Meridian, to tighten you pull the strap by his feet and to release and loosen you press the button. With the new tyres and the fancy seat our ride was feeling totally pimped.
So with the lovely new features, a full tank and a positive attitude we shoved the car full of crap, buckled in the boy and lifted Charlie into the back of the car and we were off. Charlie had never been further than the Vet’s in the car so a 3.5 hour journey each way was going to be an experience but I’m proud to say he did well and was such a good boy. We took a couple of extra stops along to way so he could have a drink and a bit of a run around but for the most part the three of us slept whilst Steve drove. How did Aidan do in his new chair?
The proof is in the picture…
Please Note: I received five Efficiency Grip SUV tyres and a Maxi Rider Easy Adjust Car Seat to review and keep and I was free post at my own accord if I deemed them worthy, all opinions are my own.