It’s that time of year again where you may be thinking about packing up and hitting the road for a little trip. Whether this be to visit family members or to just simply get away for a while, planning your perfect trip is important and at the same time it can be exhausting, but not to worry as we’re here to help. You may just think I’ll get in the car and off I go, but actually, road trips do take a little planning even though you may not realise it. So, to help you get the most out of your road tripping experience, we thought we’d help you out with some little road trip tips.
Here are just a few things you might want to keep in mind:
1. DECIDE ON A DESTINATION
First things first, if you’re going on a road trip then it’s probably a good idea to start by knowing exactly where your heading too unless you’re a spontaneous person and just decide to go wherever the wind takes you. If it’s your first road trip, then you might just decide to head out for a couple of hours and enjoy the drive to your destination and perhaps choose to drive back the same day. Whatever your plans are, deciding on a destination first is always a good idea.
2. CLEAN YOUR CAR
If you’re a messy driver who loves to throw their rubbish in the back, wrappers under the seat and have receipts everywhere, then now’s the time to have a sort out. There’s nothing worse than going on a road trip, especially if you’re taking friends and family too and having a messy car. Empty all the rubbish, food wrappers and even give the glove box a little clear out before your start reloading it with maps and documents.
3. COMPLETE VEHICLE CHECKS BEFORE SETTING OFF
Whether you’re driving long distance or not, for a day or for a week, it’s always a good idea to ensure that you’ve checked your car out for any mechanical problems before you think about departing. Check your oil, refill your windshield wiper fluid and make sure that all of your lights are working. Also, don’t forget about that spare tyre in the boot. In doing this, you’ll help to reduce your chance of being stranded or having to deal with mechanical problems while you’re trying to enjoy your trip
4. PLAN YOUR ROUTE
Once you know your destination, the next question that usually follows is what is my route. For some a scenic route is usually preferred and for others they may prefer back roads rather than motorways. No matter which route you decide to take, always ensure that you have a map or satnav to help you out in case you get stuck, even if you think you already know your route. You could save yourself a lot of time and avoid the stress if you have a vivid idea of your route before you set off.
5. KEEP YOUR PLANS LOOSE
The road is an unpredictable place to be and you never know what’s around the corner. Delays and road works could be likely on your journey so it’s best to overschedule your road trip. Think about planning stops within your plans too for fuel and snacks. It’s recommended that if you’re travelling long distance that you take a break every two or three hours, so schedule these in accordingly.
6. BE PREPARED FOR ALL SCENERIOS
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. You should prepare yourself for all weather conditions and ensure that you have supplies in your car in the event of being stuck for hours on end. If there are some sudden road closures, then you may have to take a detour so it’s a good idea to expect the unexpected.
7. BE EQUIPPED WITH ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
Even though the driver’s eyes and attention will be focused on the road ahead, passengers may want to kept entertained if they’re in for a long ride. Headphones, books and magazines are a great idea and ideal for passing some time when on the road. Any entertainment is a great idea as long as it doesn’t distract the driver.
8. ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS
If you’re trying to get the most out of your road trip, then it’s a great idea to stop off at some of the cool stops along the way. Your adventure begins from the minute you leave your home and you can squeeze in so much fun on the way if you keep a look out for nearby attractions. So, if you like exploring, then it’s probably a good idea to allow for some extra time on your trip as it may take you a little longer.