If you're off on a family holiday or even just heading out in the car for the day, make sure you've prepared the car by doing all the necessary checks (more on this later). Make sure the kids have all they need to be comfortable and amused – the more occupied they are, the less likely they are to argue or demand your attention.
Don't get in the car without being prepared for the eventuality of a breakdown. Make sure everyone has the right clothing for standing around outside if something goes wrong.
Be prepared for all weathers. In the winter you may have to contend with snow, ice, water, fog and mud – so make sure you and your car are ready for whatever the weather throws at you.
Having a kit of essentials depending on the time of year is always a good idea. In the winter you may also want to keep a shovel in the boot, and bottles of de-icer and screen wash. Also consider a blanket and perhaps a flask if you need to go out in extreme weather. In the summer, make sure you have plenty of drinks – you never know how long you might get stuck in a traffic jam or at the side of the road.