Summer holidays have arrived and Halfords is here to make long journeys with children more bearable.

Research shows that the country should expect another summer of domestic holidays, with the value of the domestic holiday market expected to return to pre-COVID-19 levels in 2022. Travelling long distances with children, however, isn’t always the easiest, with many parents admitting how annoying they find whining, crying, and not to mention hearing “are we there yet?” every thirty minutes. Nevertheless, with Halfords’ six recommendations, road-trippers can rest-assured that their little ones will be safe, sound, and entertained.

For the first time ever, Amazon’s Echo technology comes to UK cars, making long journeys much more enjoyable. Together, families can play their favourite music, ask Alexa questions, stream podcasts and radio stations, and get directions to wherever they are planning to go. With the Echo Auto (£49.99), drivers will be stunned at how such a small product can make such a big impact, perhaps even to the point that they ask “Alexa, what did I do before I got you?”. 

With Lux Car’s Back Seat Organiser (£18.99), children can travel in style for all journeys. With the ultimate premium back seat organiser, there’s a place for everything. This includes a phone or tablet holder – perfect for watching the latest show, an adjustable tray table for snacks, two drink holders, and a bin compartment to keep the area spick and span. Plus, the tray table can be folded away securely, allowing for more space. With one of these, parents may find that their children won’t want to leave the car! And for those after a cheaper alternative, why not try Halfords Tablet Back Seat Organiser (£14.99).

Snacks on a long journey are every child’s dream, and whilst the peace and quiet may be nice, the mess left on the backseats is every parent’s nightmare. To prevent this, Halfords Seat Protector with Storage (£20) protects car interiors from being damaged or marked from crumbs, chocolate, or any other child favourite, whilst also providing extra storage space. So, drivers no longer need to keep their mucky pups happy at the expense of their car interior. 

To entertain even the littlest ones, Halfords’ Taf Toys Koala Car Wheel Toy (£29.99) lets toddlers take control of the wheel. With captivating lights, melodies, and moving parts, not only will this prevent baby boredom but it also develops their motor skills, hand-eye coordination, imagination, and emotional intelligence – a win-win!

To protect infants from the bright light and glare of UV rays, Halfords Roller Sunshades Cloud (£10.80) does just that. But not only do the sunshades provide protection, it also helps to maintain a suitable temperature in the car – creating the ideal environment for a nap, whilst giving parents some much needed quiet. And for those wanting to keep an eye on their infant whether they are awake or fast-asleep, Halfords Backseat Baby Mirror (£12) rotates 360 degrees, truly giving parents “eyes at the back of their heads”. 

To get a free 10-point check before setting off, road-trippers can sign up to Halfords Motoring Club’s free membership and get access to this and more.