Travel trends look a little different to previous years. But one thing’s for sure, road trips are always in fashion.
The open road is a great teacher. It shows you the breadth of the beautiful countryside, the value of independence and how to handle the unexpected bumps and obstacles that life throws in your path.
Driving gives you the freedom to go wherever you want, and you want to learn what the road can teach you, where it can take you and what it can show you.
Anyone with a vehicle, a little cash and a hefty dose of wanderlust can take themselves and their friends or family on an adventure across the country. With a little planning, you can make sure you have a journey you’ll remember for years to come.
Plan For All Aspects Of The Journey
Expert travellers recommend choosing a nearby town or city for your first road trip. Once you’ve decided on a destination, you’ll need to determine what route you’ll be taking. And you know what the poets say: it’s all about the journey, not the destination. Instead of taking the most direct route, look on map books or Google maps for alternative routes that might be more scenic. Lakes, mountains, and the ocean are a few of the obvious choices to influence your choice of route, but it’s also worth doing a little extra research. Automobile safety associations recommend taking a break to stretch and rehydrate every 2-3 hours, so keep an eye out for interesting attractions to break the monotony.
Whether you’re travelling with friends or family or on your own, you need to ensure you’re prepared in case of an emergency. Nothing ruins a road trip faster than being stuck on the side of the road with no help in sight, and no one to call. Breakdown cover may be a grudge purchase, but it’s essential if you’re planning a road trip. Services such as the AA charge a low service fee, but there are other insurance agencies that offer an umbrella of coverage. The average cost of car towing in the UK is £2 per mile, and along with the £250 towing surcharge you’ll have to fork out if you don’t have breakdown cover makes the investment well worth the expense.
Check Your Wheels
The vehicle you drive is as important as the route you choose. Take your vehicle to the garage for a tune-up well in advance. Check your tyre tread and pressure, windscreen wiper fluid, water and oil levels, and make sure that all your lights, brakes and steering are working. It is also a good idea to invest in a roadside emergency kit. Most cars come with basic tools like jumper cables, a jack, and a tyre iron, but emergency lights, first aid paraphernalia, space blankets, and tow cables are a few of the things you’ll find in a designated roadside emergency kit.
Choose The Perfect Driving Entertainment
While the driver needs to keep their eyes on the road, there are plenty of diversions for
passengers to pass the time. Everyone has a world of entertainment in their pocket, but if that fails or just doesn’t cut it, driving games like ‘I Spy’, punch buggy, 20 questions, and the alphabet game have been known to amuse children, and adults too! Before you know it, you’ll have made more memories of an already-enjoyable road trip.