Setting off on your summer holiday in your lease car rather than jumping on an aeroplane enables you to take a lot more with you. However, before rushing in and packing everything but the kitchen sink, it’s worth taking a step back and considering how safe it is and whether you and your passengers are going to be comfortable or not.
The last thing you want as the designated driver is not to be able to see through the back window and have everyone in the car complaining about how squashed they feel for the next however many hours!
Things to Avoid Doing
To make sure the driver can see out the rear window, avoid packing higher than the top of the seatbacks. Not only does it stop the driver from being able to see through the back window properly but things could fly forwards in the event of having to brake suddenly and injure one of your passengers.
Pack everything into the boot tightly so nothing can move around and pack the biggest and heaviest items first, placing them at the back behind the rear seats – this allows you to fit everything else in around them but also helps the car too when it comes to handling.
The best advice for a relaxing journey with children on board is to make sure they’re comfortable in the back and not too squashed.
And don’t forget the spare wheel when loading up, you might get a puncture! If you pack the smaller items into lots of bags rather than chucking them in loosely, you’ll be able to take them out more easily if need arises.
If you’re struggling to fit everything into your lease car, you could opt for a roof rack or roof box to give you that extra space.
You can fit roof bars and/or a roof rack to your lease car from Flexed, as long as you get permission first and ensure that they’re removed before the car is returned without causing any damage – call 0800 311 8290 for help and advise on any type of modification.
A roof rack is a great idea if you need to carry more than you can safely fit into your lease car. You need to ensure that the one you buy fits your car correctly size-wise and read the handbook that comes with your lease car so that you can check the maximum permitted roof load, remembering to add the weight of the rack!
Before Setting Off
Make sure whatever you load into your roof rack is securely tied down and nothing is sticking out either at the front, back or sides.
Please note, that once you begin to drive, airflow will attempt to lift up the front of the load in your roof rack, so extra binding is advisable in this area.
When you stop to take a break, check the bindings are still keeping the load on your roof rack tied down securely and remember that a roof rack means your lease car is now taller, so be careful when driving under low signage or into covered car parks, especially so if you’ve leased a taller vehicle from Flexed such as an SUV or people carrier (MVP).
The roof box has become a very common sight on cars these days and that’s because they allow you to carry more than you can safely fit into your lease car.
There’s plenty to choose from on the market today but make sure the one you buy works with the roof bars you fit onto your lease car.
When deciding which one to buy, look for a good quality one that’s going to be more aerodynamic as this could help with fuel costs on a long journey. Check how it locks too, as some have a system that stops you from taking the key out unless it’s locked, preventing you from driving away with a roof box that might fling open further down the road.
If you’re loaded up quite heavily, you might need to modify the tyre pressure to cope with the extra weight, remembering to modify them back again upon returning home.
Carrying a heavy load in your lease car could affect the handling and performance, increasing the stopping distances, so take extra care on the roads and leave lots of space between you and the vehicle ahead.
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