July 28, 2017

Preparing for a Successful Road Trip

Road trips can be a nightmare or a pleasure depending on your outlook. You might see the journey as part of the fun and a chance to explore. But you might hate every second of it. Either way, here’s how you need to prepare for it!

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Get the Right Car

There are lots of things to take into consideration when you’re choosing a car for a long road trip. Buying a new car just before the trip is a good idea if you’ve been waiting to upgrade your motor anyway. Alternatively, you could rent a car if you’re not prepared to make a big commitment.

If your journey sees you taking on varied and changeable terrain, a Land Rover would be a good car to go for. You can find decent second-hand models by visiting car sites like www.hunterslandrover.co.uk. But if you’re sticking to the road, any car that is economical with its fuel and can handle distances is a safe bet.

Check the Tyres

Tires are the most important factor to check before you hit the road. Firstly, make sure you have the right tread on your tyres. This won’t matter so much in the summer, but something thinner is preferable. But if you’re looking to plan a winter trip, you should definitely make sure your tread is thicker and made for winter driving.

Secondly, make sure your tyres are at the right pressure. This means taking them to a garage or filling station and getting them tested. If they are too flat, fill them with air. Driving on tyres with low air pressure will make the drive rougher, slower and more dangerous, so it is important to get it right.

Plan Your Route in Advance

You might think that the idea of going on an adventurous, off the cuff road trip sounds fun. And, to an extent, that can be true. But it should only be done within the parameters of a pre-planned route. A road trip is not something you should go into with your eyes closed. If you’re travelling long distances, it can be easy to get lost.

I’d recommend using both electronic GPS systems as well as regular paper maps. If you have both options at your fingertips, it means that if one fails you, you’ll at least have the other. Satnavs and GPS systems are much easier to use than maps, but they can break and lose battery power.

Stock the Car

If you’re travelling on a sparse road in an area that isn’t populated with stops and shops where you can buy food, you’ll have to make sure you take enough food to tide you over. Food and water are your essentials. Fill the boot with bottles of water and take plenty of snacks too.

If you have children to take along with you, there will be even more to take with you in the car. You’ll need wet wipes and things to keep them entertained. Long trips can be incredibly boring for adults, so think about how boring they are for young children!

If you listen to my advice and follow these tips, you’ll have a successful and smooth road trip!

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