Going on a road trip with a group of friends (or family members) can be an exciting and enjoyable experience. However, a smooth and safe trip requires some planning in advance. Here are 6 tips to help you prepare for your next road trip, including how to make sure your car makes it back in one piece and ready for your next 4-wheeling adventure:
How to prepare for your next trip
Safety Tips – Do some vehicle checks
The most important factor in a road trip is, of course, your car. This car will get you all from a to b, so it’s important to make sure it’s in good working order before you hit the road. Check the fluid level and oil, brakes, tires and other major systems of your vehicle before you leave. Also don’t forget it has recently had its MOT.
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Prepare for your next trip – Plan your route
While road trips can be fun when they get a little off the beaten path, ideally you want to get to your final destination. That’s why it’s a good idea to plan your route well in advance. If you’re traveling in a large group, make sure everyone understands the proposed route so that if you ever get stuck, at least one person knows where you’re going next. A GPS or physical map also ensures that you never stray too far off track.
How to prepare for a trip – Pack a few essentials
Depending on the size of your vehicle, you may run out of space during your trip. But some things should naturally take priority, after your luggage of course. Don’t forget to pack a good first aid kit, torch, water and snacks and any other emergency supplies in case you break down on some services.
Safety Tips – Check the weather
A quick look at the weather before you leave can help you plan for any unexpected showers (or even storms) that could make driving dangerous. Checking the weather beforehand will also help pack the car accordingly. For example, if you’re traveling in winter, make sure you have snow chains, ice scrapers, and blankets handy.
Be safe on your travels
Learning to stay safe on the road can not only prevent an accident on your way, but it can also ensure that your car returns without any scratches or bruises. As well as doing some car checks before you take off, be sure to keep an eye out for any warning lights as you start racking up the miles. If you’re planning a long trip, it’s also likely that the driver will start to feel drowsy after a few hours, so it’s important to switch roles when he has trouble concentrating on the road. Getting temporary car insurance is an easy way to share the responsibility of driving with your friends when you travel.
Don’t forget about the fun!
While it’s important for a driver to keep their eyes on the road at all times, sometimes other passengers may need a little extra entertainment to pass the time. Before you finally hit the road, don’t forget to prepare a road trip playlist and think of some games to keep everyone occupied during the trip.
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