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A simples guide to

Surviving a family trip

Are you planning to seek out the sun, sand and sea this summer? Well, whether you’re taking the kids on an adventure in the Lakes or to build sandcastles on the coast, you’re likely to have an interesting car journey on your hands. With echoes of ‘Are we there yet?’ and squabbles over who’s hogging the iPad, trying to survive a family trip with a car full of little ones can be quite the task. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide… 

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Choosing the right car

Your life undoubtedly changes when children come on to the scene. And the type of motor you drive is likely to come under review. Where a sporty hatchback may have once stood proudly on your driveway, car-seat considerations and child-friendly features become a must once parenthood begins. Fortunately for you, we’ve been working with our friends over at Auto Trader to help come up with some guidance on what cars tick the box for those with young children.

The Top 10

The experts over at Auto Trader have put together their Top 10 best new family cars. Amongst their Top 10 are an array of cars that all tick different boxes – catering for families of all kinds. From the sporty Skoda Fabia hatchback, to the super practical Seat Alhambra, their list features a family car to suit all. And all budgets are covered too; with the cheapest car starting from £10,750 new, and the more upscale models on the list starting from £46,850 new.

Which car is best for you will come down to what you need. The Skoda Fabia hatchback and Renault Captur are both excellent small family cars, suitable for those with very young children or who are more likely to drive inner-city – with smaller dimensions making it easy to park and more economical to run. Alternatively the Citroen C3 Picasso, Ford S Max and Seat Alhambra are all brilliant multi-purpose vehicles – offering more space for bigger families, older children or those that just prefer a little more space.

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Insurance insights

Interestingly, comparethemarket.com data shows that the most popular of the Top 10 cars is the Nissan Qashqai, which accounts for nearly a third (32%) of all quotes generated for the Top 10 cars. Similarly popular is the Skoda Fabia which accounts for another 30% of quotes.
Solidifying their value as our top family cars, we can see that all 10 of the cars are most popular with customers who are married or co-habiting. We can also see that they’re most popular with those that fall in the 26-35 and 36-45 age groups.

And how much can you expect to pay for your insurance? Well, the average insurance price for the popular Nissan Qashqai comes in at a very reasonable £400.58. Interestingly, the cheapest car to insure is the Citroen C3 Picasso which costs just £313.89 on average to insure. While the Volkswagen Passat Estate could be quite a bit more expensive, with the average cost to insure it coming in at £699.23.

Our average premiums are from comparethemarket.com data in April 2016 based on all our customer quotes, from people with different age ranges, addresses and driving histories. You may find a cheaper or more expensive quote based on your personal circumstances.

“The cheapest car to insure is the Citroen C3 Picasso which costs just £313.89 on average to insure…”

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Road trip essentials

Car aside, there are a couple of other things you’ll need to sort before you set off on your journey. Taking time to make sure you’ve got the below nailed down, should ensure you all get through your family trip in one piece.

Car seats
Safety is key if you’re taking your kids on a long trip. Always make sure you allow time to check car seats are fitted properly and if you’ve recently changed cars, make sure your car seat is still suitable. You can read our guide on car seats here for more information.

Route planning
Whether you’re a regular to Bognor Regis, or a first-timer in Blackpool, planning your route is essential to keeping your passengers happy. If your journey is a little long, why not plan in some pit stops. Working out where you’re going to stop might help keep the kids calm.

Pack a snack
Nobody likes paying over the odds for a cuppa but sometimes service stations are the only logical place to stop for break. Packing a bag full of goodies could stop your children splashing your cash on over-priced snacks and help keep them quiet while you’re on the road.

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