Protect Your Kids and WIN a Travall Guard for Your Car* Worth Over £100. Ends 13th April 2017.

Safe travel is one of the most important things to bear in mind when you have children. With the legislation on car seats and child safety recently being reviewed, it has become more important than ever to ensure that your kids are safely installed in your vehicle. As a driving instructor for over 15 years, I am well aware of the dangers of the road. That is why I was so interested in what Travall had to offer.

Travall is the world’s leading brand for vehicle-specific dog guards which, despite their name, can play an essential role in protecting young children, particularly those travelling in rear-facing car seats. That’s because installing one could potentially prevent serious injury by halting the progress of any loose cargo travelling at speed through the passenger cabin following a frontal collision, or even sharp braking.

While most parents put a lot of thought into their choice of child seat, few give as much thought to the dangers posed by the everyday items we all carry in our cars at some time or another. Each year, thousands of people are injured, or even killed, by things which, in most other circumstances, would prove totally harmless. And, as most of these things are carried in the back of a vehicle, children in rear-facing seats are particularly at risk.

Travall pride themselves on engineering excellence, design innovation and use of the best available materials. The Travall Guard is made from laser-cut and precision-welded mild steel, with a unique nylon-powder coating which, as it’s three times thicker than that of other guards, makes it extremely scratch resistant. Their use of centre-line welding also ensures there are no burrs or sharp edges and, by using an oval profile for their guards, as opposed to ones with hard edges, Travall have increased both strength and rear visibility too – again, features not found on competitor guards.

There are many makes of guards on the market, but as far as I am concerned, the safest are those which are vehicle-specific. Although there are lots of universal ‘one-size-fits-all’ guards out there, they cannot compete with the strength of custom-made barriers, which are also a lot easier to install. Buying a product designed to fit many vehicles may be cheaper, but it really could turn out to be a false economy, especially when compared with the added peace of mind that comes from fitting a well-made, vehicle-specific guard.

I am pleased to say that Travall  has offered the chance for one of my lucky readers to win one of their well-made guards worth around £100, which are certainly not just for pet owners and, after the child seat itself, could be one of the most important accessories fitted to a car in which babies and young children travel as passengers.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE GUARDS ONLY FIT CERTAIN VEHICLES SO, TO CHECK IF YOURS IS COMPATIBLE PLEASE CHECK THAT THEY HAVE A SUITABLE PRODUCT BEFORE ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY. THIS CAN BE DONE BY SIMPLY USING THE VEHICLE SELECTOR ON THEIR WEBSITE – CLICK HERE.

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95 Comments

  1. Zoe Spinner
    April 13, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Phone on silent in a bag away from you

  2. Karl Borowy
    April 13, 2017 / 3:22 am

    CHECK THE TYRES-OIL-WATER

  3. paula cheadle
    April 13, 2017 / 12:22 am

    beware of your surroundings

  4. George Wright
    April 12, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Make sure you check your tyres regularly.

  5. Josh Gough
    April 12, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    Check the tyre pressure

  6. Adrian Bold
    April 12, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Turn off your mobile if driving. It avoids that temptation to check any calls or messages you may get on route.

  7. Zac Farley
    April 12, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Be aware at all times

  8. Monika Bascombe
    April 12, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    double check everything and dont rely completely on technology – have a back up plan

  9. James Holyland
    April 12, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Follow speed limits

  10. claire little
    April 12, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    think ahead and be very aware of other drivers.

  11. Diana
    April 12, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Care about rules and be attentive

  12. Kelly cooper
    April 12, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Always check your mirrors before setting off

  13. April 12, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    make sure your headrest is in the correct position – most people dont have it in th right position and therefore if they were in an accident it wouldnt provide the protection it should have

  14. Fiona jk42
    April 12, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    before setting off on a long journey, make sure your tyres have enough depth of tread and are at the correct pressure, including the spare

  15. Emma Davison
    April 12, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Watch out for other drivers

  16. John Jewett
    April 12, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Make sure your window washer has antifreeze in it in winter,anc kedp your fuel tank full in case u get held up due to weather so u kedp everyone warm

  17. Linda Griffiths
    April 12, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    always stop when tired

  18. Sheena Read
    April 12, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Make sure your windscreen, front drivers side and passenger side windows are constantly free from dirt as even the slightest amount can distort vision.

  19. Cathy O
    April 12, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Do not drive too close to the vehicle in front – you never know what they are going to do!

  20. Mrs Rachel Heap
    April 12, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Always make sure you have breakdown cover! Carry oil and water in the boot

  21. Rachel Bonness
    April 12, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Checking water, oil and tyres before you go.

  22. lindsey w
    April 12, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Check your tyres and oil before every long journey

  23. Emma Louise Elliott
    April 12, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Keep coats in the car incase you do happen to break down when it’s cold

  24. Jane
    April 11, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Keep water and a jumper in the car, you never know when something bad could happen.

  25. Ian Murray
    April 11, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    make sure your lights are working

  26. Emma Alikote
    April 11, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Be safe be seen

  27. Susan B
    April 11, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Never drive when you are tired or distracted and keep the car cool and well ventilated.

  28. Andrew Hindley
    April 11, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Have a zero tolerance to alcohol when driving and never drink and drive

  29. steph lovatt
    April 11, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Never use your mobile phone while driving

  30. Petra
    April 10, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Don’t ever buy second hand car seats.

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  33. Tara Bush
    April 8, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    keep your car safe inside just in case you have an accident. Tidy your car and keep things in compartments.

  34. Katie
    April 6, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    We always leave early when coming back from a holiday so the roads are quiet

  35. kimberley ryan
    April 6, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    My best tip would be to help children understand the need for good behaviour in the car.
    With my children I explained (the best I could without frightening them) the need for seatbelts, why we don’t mess with car doors/windows and why silly/naughty behaviour can be distracting for the person driving.
    Its always a great idea to have lots of things for little ones to do in the car if you are going on long journeys.

  36. Samantha Atherton
    April 4, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Don’t drive if you’re tired

  37. Kyomi Johnson
    April 4, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Don’t use your mobile phone driving

  38. claire crooks
    April 4, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    keep your belt on at all times, make sure young children having something to keep themoccupied so you can focus on driving safely x

  39. Natalie Turner
    April 4, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Always wear your seltbelt and always be aware that everyone around you is human and makes mistakes, be prepared!

  40. Rebecca Alderson
    April 3, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Make a game out of getting kids to put their own belts on and being safe!

  41. Sheila Reeves
    April 2, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Get your children to understand that there are times when they need to be silent so you can concentrate, maybe a phrase or word you agree on and use it.

  42. janine atkin
    April 2, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    stay calm and keep your eyes on the road

  43. bella smyth
    April 1, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    Turn off all phones,keep music off and use your mirrors constantly and be aware of others around you,If you have kids get them a goody bag with sweets/drinks a book some colouring in sets ect,Most of dont STRESS you will do ok 🙂

  44. georgie pope
    March 31, 2017 / 1:10 am

    don’t take your eyes of the road for a second. any second something could happen that you need to react to

  45. Victoria Hall
    March 28, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I have a code word with the boys and if I say they know to be quiet instantly as I need to concentrate!

  46. Joseph Westhead
    March 26, 2017 / 3:03 am

    Don’t just follow the green man, it will tell you to go but also make sure to watch the cars as well. Stop, look all around before you move.

  47. Sam Rhodes
    March 25, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Always remember you were once a learner too, and give them some space!

  48. leigh boyle
    March 24, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    dont use your phone

  49. Amy Pest
    March 23, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    making sure you stay calm even when your baby is crying

  50. Michelle Corbett
    March 23, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Always treat other road users wirh respect and make sure your children are in proper car seats. #safetyfirst

  51. Rebecca Smith
    March 23, 2017 / 10:24 am

    always wear your seat bely and remember not every driver is as sensible as yourself

  52. Kristy Brown
    March 23, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Treat other road users with respect – that includes us cyclists and runners!

  53. Bob Clark
    March 22, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Observe speed limits – its safer and often cheaper

  54. Jo Carroll
    March 22, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I never keep sharp or potentially dangerous items in the boot of the car that potentially could cause injuries to the back seat passengers in the event of a shunt and always make sure the childrens seat-belts are properly fastened and they have nothing infront of them which they may knock themselves against in the case of an accident.

  55. March 22, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    always keep an eye out for the drivers who aren’t paying attention

  56. Susan Hoggett
    March 22, 2017 / 11:31 am

    a quick glance over your shoulder when joining motorways as a last precaution

  57. Julie Henderson
    March 22, 2017 / 10:33 am

    never use your phone when driving or crossing the road

  58. Sarah Rees
    March 22, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Check the car before journeys and do some extra planning if its an extra long journey

  59. glenn hutton
    March 22, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Check your tyres are ok and that the pressures are correct…

  60. Cherry Edwards
    March 21, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Wear your seatbelt and don’t use your mobile when driving

  61. Zoe C
    March 21, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    Don’t let dogs roam free in the car, so unsafe, when I was a child our small dog got underneath the pedals when my mum was driving, I never forgot it

  62. Pinky Shah
    March 21, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Wear your seat belt!

  63. Fiona
    March 21, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Have a good car seat AND make sure it is properly fitted.

  64. Paul Halling
    March 21, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    always, ALWAYS look in you’re blind spot before overtaking on a motorway

  65. Becky John
    March 21, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Never use mobile phones while driving.

  66. tamalyn roberts
    March 20, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    put phone in bag, do not turn around while talking to kids and make sure they are safely buckled up

  67. Cheryl Price
    March 20, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    no distractions, no phones!! keep you eye on the road!!

  68. Angela Treadway
    March 19, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    dont text whilst driving, and use a hands free set x

  69. Elizabeth Smith
    March 19, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Stick your phone in the glove box so that there is no temptation to touch it whilst driving

  70. Michelle Sykes
    March 19, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Never drive when you are too tired

  71. Susie Wilkinson
    March 19, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    It’s better to arrive late and apologise than never arrive at all – my Dad’s words to me when I started driving!

  72. T Brailey
    March 19, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Always leave plenty of room between you and the car in front, especially on the motorway.

  73. Ruth Harwood
    March 19, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Don’t drive too fast and keep your eye out for idiots!!

  74. Michaela Hannah
    March 19, 2017 / 5:42 am

    Make sure your back window is always clear of items for you to see out of

  75. Natalie Crossan
    March 18, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    look both ways before crossing

  76. Katie Skeoch
    March 18, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Don’t drive aggressively, you won’t get there any quicker!

  77. Tee
    March 18, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    Plan ahead and give the kids a travel bag so they can independently entertain themselves and get snacks and drinks. Even small distractions to the driver can be very dangerous!

  78. Lin martin
    March 18, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Attend a drive safety course or advanced driver training, really helps you be more aware.

  79. emma walters
    March 18, 2017 / 7:15 am

    prepare snack boxes that the children can unpack & eat themselves so you are not distracted from driving

  80. Solange
    March 18, 2017 / 3:13 am

    Tiredness is thought to be a major factor in more than 10% of road accidents. Plan to stop for at least a 15 minute break every 2 hours on a long journey.

  81. Peter Watson
    March 17, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Beware cyclists when you open your car door into the road.

  82. Tony Metcalfe
    March 17, 2017 / 11:31 am

    If you start to feel tired, find a safe place to stop and take a break.

  83. Liam Bishop
    March 17, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Never have music up too loud, you need to be able to hear as well as see.

  84. Sarah Mackay
    March 16, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    You have to lead by example.

  85. Tasha
    March 16, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    If your tired stop and take a break

  86. Keith Hunt
    March 16, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    We like to travel over night as most motorways are empty and i just can take the summer sun glare that masks motorbikes at junctions.

  87. Tracy Nixon
    March 16, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Always plan your journey and incorporate breaks to refresh.

  88. Harline Parkin
    March 16, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Don’t use a mobile phone too many people still do

  89. iain maciver
    March 16, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    always have your wits about you

  90. melanie stirling
    March 16, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Always think ahead and be aware of what other drivers may do such as come out of a junction in front of you.

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