Going on a road trip anytime soon? If you want an epic adventure then check out our top tips below.
1. Be the top dog
Mrs Trunchbull wouldn’t mess about choosing which child to stick in the choky so you shouldn’t either when it comes to choosing a destination. Put your foot down and don’t faff about when it comes to deciding on whereabouts you’re going. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail and all that jazz, unless you’re all about going wherever the wind takes you.
2. Get good old Henry out
Henry must be getting on a bit now, but he’ll never be too old to give you car a quick going over. We all shove the odd wrapper every now and again down the side of the seat and throw our receipts here, there and everywhere, nevermind leftover bits of food. Family and friends sitting in the back don’t want to have to crawl over everything just to get in the car because it looks like a bombs hit it.
3. Whip out your magnifying glass
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 finding out later down the road that you’ve screwed up and ran out of oil. Imagine being stranded on the motorway with your kids because you couldn’t be bothered or forgot to check your car’s health.
4. Ask yourself whether you know the way
“I’ve been their 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. It’s not like being in your house and you know that just around the corner is the corner shop. When you’re on the road you could be hit with anything at any time and you’re expected to deal with it. If you need to stop for a loo break or more fuel or you’re getting a little peckish, then crack on. You can’t concentrate on an empty stomach.
6. Speak to Des Coleman
Do you have his number? Actually, we probably already know what the weather is going to be like. 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. 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.
Are you ready to hit the road? Maybe you were ready but now you’re not as you realise you need a more reliable car and one that can actually get you to where you want to go. If so and you’ve decided to sell your old one but you’re not quite sure how don’t worry, we can help you with that. Check out our car selling guidance page and you’ll soon see that it’s so easy.