Top 8 Tips on How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip

It's that time of year for packing the car up and heading out for your family holiday. Before you set off on your big adventure, why not check out some of our top tips on how to plan the perfect road trip as this will help to set you up before hitting the road.

Going on a road trip anytime soon? If you want an epic adventure then check out our top tips below.

1. Decisions, decisions, decisions

First things first, do you actually know where you’re going? It’s probably a good idea to start by knowing where you’re heading unless you’re a spontaneous person who will just go wherever the wind takes them. Whatever your plans are, deciding on a destination first is usually always a good idea.

2. Get your rubber gloves on

If you’re a messy driver who loves throwing their rubbish all over the place; wrappers under the seat and receipts everywhere, then now’s the time to have a sort out. There’s nothing worse than going on road trips, especially if you’ve got company too and you’ve got a messy car. A clean car allows for a clear mind. You don’t want family and friends to have crawl over everything just to be able to get in the car because it looks like a bomb hit it.

3. Vehicles checks are key

To save yourself from getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, getting down and dirty under the bonnet before you leave is a very good idea. It’s best to check that all those fluids are full before you leave as there’s nothing worse than being stranded or having to deal with mechanical problems when you’re trying to enjoy a lovely road trip. Also, don’t forget about that spare tyre in the boot.

4. Ask yourself whether you know the way

“I’ve been there loads of times, I know where it is”. But do you know how to get there though? It’s all fun and games thinking that you know the way until your playing guess which way it is as you enter the ring road. It’s better to be safe than sorry and carry a map if your old school, or a satnav with you just in case you all of a sudden lose your bearings.

5. Loosey goosey baby

The roads can be like the weather at times, unpredictable. You just never know what’s around the corner. You could be faced with delays and road works on your travels. If you’re going on a long trip then you’ll probably want to think about making some stops for fuel and some snacks. And, don’t forget that if you’re traveling long-distance, that it’s recommended that you take a break every two or three hours.

6. Check what the weather is saying

It’s usually a good idea to investigate the weather before you head out on your road trip. If the weather decided to take a turn for the worst, then this could affect your route. Typical British weather means that we expect it to rain the majority of the time, but just in case the sun decides to make an appearance and start cracking the flags, it’s good to have some shorts and bikinis in your bag. Expect the unexpected.

7. Think about hiring Krusty the Clown

Something that parents try to do on a daily basis for their children? That’s right, provide entertainment. If you’re not a natural performer, providing entertainment for passengers can prove to be rather challenging. Don’t worry if you’re not a natural as you can always cheat with some books and magazines. Anything to delay the number of times you’ll be asked “are we there yet?”.

8. Keep an eye out for anything that tickles your fancy

You might have to be a window licker if you want to make sure that you don’t miss any amazing attractions. We’re all for making the most of it and making each day count, so if you’re passing through the Cheddar Gorge, get out and take it all in. The fantastic scenery is breathtaking. Yes, you don’t have all the time in the world, but you can spare five minutes to do some sightseeing.

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