Four important road trip tipsJuly 8, 2014
Taking a road trip is one of the perfect ways to get family and friends together for a memorable summer holiday to a brand new destination that you’ve never been to. But before you pack up your clothes and load up the car, read the following important tips that will ensure you have a safe, comfortable, and fun road trip, no matter where you’re headed or how far your destination is from your home.
Never Neglect Your Car’s Maintenance Before heading out for a road trip, you absolutely have to check your car to make sure it’s in optimal condition for a long ride. The last thing that you would want is to be stranded during your trip and having to spend money on expensive repairs and/or towing services.
Having your vehicle thoroughly serviced by a professional is the best way to reduce the chances that you’ll encounter any problems while on the road. You can also look over the car yourself, though, if you feel comfortable doing so. Be sure to check the tyres, fluid and oil levels, wipers, etc. before you head out on your fun-filled journey.
Make Sure You Rest While Travelling Many travellers make the mistake of pushing themselves too hard when driving to their destination. This can not only be taxing on your body, it can also take its toll on your vehicle, which is more likely to break down if you don’t give it ample amounts of time to rest. Therefore, when determining how long you’ll be on the road, remember to factor in rest times that include short breaks to walk around and use the restroom, time to eat three meals a day, and time to sleep. This will ensure your safety, too, as it will reduce the risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
Get a Phone Card In addition to packing your mobile phone and charger to keep in touch with loved ones and call for help during an emergency, be sure to purchase a phone card that you can bring along too. This will save you in the event that you’re in an area with little to no reception and you can’t make calls on your mobile phone.
Start Packing Early Just about everyone who has ever gone on holiday has experienced the frustration that comes with forgetting to pack an important item. In addition to forgetting your beauty supplies you may also forget some more vital belongings, such as your deodorant, your contact lens solution and eye drops, or your medications, especially if you have to rush to pack at the last minute. Therefore, make a list a few days in advance of everything you want to remember to bring with you. As you pack your items, cross the items off the list or check them off. You can also bring this list with you on your journey to remember what to repack before heading home so that you reduce the risk of leaving any belongings behind.
From checking your car to make sure it is in tip-top shape for a long drive, to purchasing a backup phone card and packing your belongings early, these are just a few of the ways you can rest assured your holiday will go smoothly.