Finally a vacation! This time it should go with the car into the family vacation and the suitable 9-seater is already rented, the goal is certain. What you should consider when driving, we tell you here.
9-seater rental: Go on vacation with the car
If you travel by car on vacation, you will enjoy invaluable advantages. You don’t have to stick to public transportation times, you can leave as soon as everything is packed and the kids are in the car. The vacation begins much less stressful, if you do not have to pay attention to five minutes and also the obligatory toilet walk before departure (which children always need several times) in peace is possible.
You can cope with a 7-seater in everyday life? This usually proves to be far too small for the vacation trip, because no matter whether you are only going away for five or ten days: The basic equipment is always the same extensive and felt must travel with half the household. Now a 9-seater offers itself as perfect solution, it leaves enough area for child and Kegel, mother-in-law and dog, the usual luggage and the indispensable toy. STARCAR rents such vehicles and offers families with 9-seaters an undreamt-of freedom.
The nice thing about renting a car: You don’t have to worry about its equipment, it complies with the current traffic regulations. It will not be left halfway because it will be inspected after each rental and return. Small defects will be detected and fixed. Who would be so prudent with their private vehicle when it has been running perfectly so far?
They can cope with a 7-seater in everyday life? This proves to be much too small for the vacation trip, because no matter whether you go away only five or ten days. (#01)
9-seater rental: choose child-friendly destinations
If you have decided to go on vacation by car, you should also look for easily accessible destinations. Especially popular with families
- Lake Garda
- Baltic Sea
- North Sea
- Northern Italy
- South Tyrol
and of course many other destinations within Europe. Sweden and Ireland are also easy to reach by car. Tip: If you need a ferry crossing, it is best to book it in advance. This has the advantage that everything is already arranged on site and you can simply join the queue for the ferry. There is then no need to buy the ticket. Do not worry if you are not at the ferry at the first stated departure time, usually you can simply use the ticket for the next ferry. Inquire in time in this regard!
Not only the trip should be child-friendly, but also the destination. A vacation park usually offers sufficiently large accommodation and is preferred by many families than a hotel. The advantage: You do not need to worry about fixed times at a vacation park, because mostly self-catering prevails here. Even the bread roll service is usually offered. If you are traveling with children, you should also think about local employment at home.
What if the weather is bad? If you are there with the car, you can simply drive to the next city and take advantage of offers that do not necessarily require you and your family to be outdoors. Possibly the vacation resort also offers an indoor playground, a swimming pool and sports facilities? Perfect, the best vacation destination is found!
If you use the car from the 9-seater rental, you don’t run the risk of overloading the vehicle too quickly, even as a family, because a car like this can certainly move quite a bit! (#02)
Before the journey: Pack the car properly
So that you Travel relaxed with the rented 9-seater, this should be packed properly. This includes that you should have important things ready to hand. Food for the road, drinks, small games, possibly the baby bottle and the teat, household paper (as a savior in small and medium disasters in the car), dog food (with bowl) and any medicines should be stored so that you can reach them with a handle.
If you use the car from the 9-seater rental, you do not run the risk of overloading the vehicle too quickly, even as a family, because such a car can move quite a bit! You are unlikely to exceed the permissible payload, but you can play it safe by looking at the registration certificate. Subtract the empty mass indicated there from the total mass and you will know how heavy the luggage may be.
- Heavy luggage belongs in the trunk and down there, so that it can not become a fatal projectile in a sudden emergency braking. In addition, the main weight should be on the rear axle of the vehicle.
- Small parts belong in a box or container, and at best it can be closed. Here you can pack supplies, porridge in a jar, washing things and everything else that must travel with you on vacation and has been declared indispensable by the children.
- Use nets and tie-down straps to prevent cargo from shifting around.
- Plug small gaps with sensible items (toilet paper, tissues, etc.), you’ll be fine.) and thus also prevent slipping.
- Do not stack the luggage higher than the upper edge of the backrests of the rear seats. Do not stack up to the headrest!
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Plan the trip well
If you arrive on vacation stress-free and have packed your vehicle from the 9-seater rental properly, you should plan the route absolutely exactly. Enter the destination address in the Navi and look around for alternative routes. The route planner on the Internet provides valuable services here! Avoid large cities where experience shows that traffic jams are to be expected. If you run into one on the way, don’t try to avoid it by turning off at the last exit (like the majority of other drivers). The next traffic jam on the highway is already pre-programmed! It is better to sit out the traffic jam literally and occupy the children sensibly.
If the vacation drive is longer, even a vehicle from the 9-seater rental can become uncomfortable, at least for the children who are “tied” to their seat and have significantly less freedom of movement than you do. It may therefore make sense to start your vacation in the evening and use the night for driving. The little ones will then sleep through a large part of the journey and you can travel in a more relaxed way. It is important, however, to get a good night’s sleep a few days before so that you can drive in a concentrated manner. No amount of coffee or energy drink can otherwise cancel out the fatigue you’ll feel when the rest of the passengers are asleep and you have to be behind the wheel!
The first planning already starts when you have decided on a vehicle from the 9-seater rental. (#03)
Plan the trip for children
The first planning already begins when you have chosen a car from the 9-seater rental. If you are already thinking about the question “When are we finally going to get there??”If you don’t want to answer several times how far it is, you should think of different games for the little ones beforehand. Of course, these depend on the age of the children and whether they can already read.
Still popular is, for example, guessing license plates or forming words from the letters of the license plates. You might also play “I’m packing my suitcase and taking …” or decide to play a card game. Be sure to think about what you will do with the little ones if you get stuck in a traffic jam, because once the vehicle is stationary, it doesn’t take long for the whining to start. Think of picture books and stories to listen to when you pack your car. A DVD player as a portable variant can also be considered and bridge longer driving and standing times. The children also need something to drink and some light food, because it’s much easier to get through a long trip nibbling on food.
Your child gets sick easily? A well-tolerated medication for travel sickness may help, ask your pediatrician for recommendations. Also, keep a bag handy, because many a child gets sick all of a sudden. On the highway, you have hardly any chance of avoiding disaster, and there is no question of a stress-free start to your vacation.
Try everything to keep the child or children happy and plan enough breaks. This, of course, the little ones do not spend sitting, but should run and romp, stretch, do squats, maybe jump rope or play catch. After that, the journey can continue with the car from the 9-seater rental of STARCAR!
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About the author
Marius Beilhammer, born in 1969, studied journalism in Bamberg, Germany. He has been writing for technical magazines for many years and also works as a freelance author on a wide range of market and business topics. As a Franconian cheerful nature, he always finds the balance between lightness and comprehensive know-how in his work thanks to his pronounced affinity with technology.