Our Best 6 Road Trip Tips

Last Updated: 11th Jul 2017
Our Best 6 Road Trip Tips

29th September 2015

Summer may be coming to an end, but that shouldn’t stop you from going on a weekend break or taking a road trip with friends and family. Here are some quick tips to help you prepare for the road.

Caffeine Fix

Long trips can sometimes get a little dull and tiring, and it’s easy to start feeling sleepy. So before you set off on your big trip, make sure you get plenty of rest. And if possible, switch drivers every so often, so the other can take a nap. Caffeine is a great way to keep you alert for a few hours, but remember that this will soon wear off. Tiredness can kill, so make sure you’re fully prepared.

Vehicle Prep

You’ll need to make sure that your car is in the best possible condition before you set off. Make sure you have enough petrol, check for any warning lights on your dashboard, and fix any other issues that your car may be experiencing. You don’t want to end up breaking down in the middle of nowhere! Vehicle prep includes looking after your tyres too, which some people may forget to check. Tyres will need the correct amount of pressure and have enough tread. Don’t forget to also check your headlights, oil levels, windscreen wipers, and brakes, to make sure you don’t have any other unexpected mishaps whilst you’re on your trip.

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Car Games

Boredom is often inevitable on long car journeys, especially if you’re travelling with young children. Once way to make your trip more interesting is to liven things up with a couple of car games.These should at least keep everyone occupied for a couple of hours or so.

Plan Your Route

Planning your route is an essential part of your journey, and will ensure that you won’t easily get lost. The most common form of navigation comes in the form of Satnavs, which can be incredibly helpful if you’re new to the area, and travelling without a passenger to help you with maps. If you’re travelling on a solo trip without a satnav, make sure you have look at your route on maps first instead.

Stay Safe

Having a car emergency kit in the boot could come in very handy if you have any unexpected breakdowns or accidents whilst on the road. Make sure you pack the following, and anything else you think may aid you in an emergency.

  • Road Map
  • Torch and Batteries
  • Blanket
  • Poncho
  • Food and Water
  • Bandages

Save Fuel

To get the best mileage out of your car, and to save fuel, there are few tricks you can try. First of all, try to pack lightly, as the more weight in the car increases the amount of fuel you will use. Secondly, make sure that you have the correct tyre pressure and tread, and try to avoid any excessive braking and acceleration.

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