5 Tips For Taking a Long Road Trip

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Summer is here, and soon there’s going to be plenty of people packing up their car with all the necessary driving snacks and drinks, ready to put their months of preparation into practice. With a route firmly in place, they’ll load themselves and their families into the car and head off in pursuit of adventures yet unknown. The open road awaits! Still, there are some necessary details to take care of before the adventure can begin. Below, we offer five tips to ensure that your road trip runs as smoothly as possible.

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Readying the Car

Before you go anywhere or do anything, you need to make sure your car is fit for purpose. You won’t just be driving around your nice suburban roads anymore! You’ll be clocking up hundreds of miles, and may be driving through terrain that your car hasn’t yet experienced. Have a mechanic check that everything is as it should be with your engine. If your tires are looking a bit worn, get a new set from a company like Wiltshire Tyres. Your windscreen wipers also need to be in perfect working order. If your car is in tip-top condition, then you’re less likely to run into issues when you’re on the road.

Packing the Vehicle

How much you take with you will depend on how long your road trip is, whether you’re camping or staying in hotels, and so on. Still, there’ll always be a temptation to overpack your car. This can add a lot of weight, however, and when people are on board, you might discover you can barely move in your car. Pack the essentials, of course, but leave out anything that can be bought on the road: you don’t, for instance, have to pack every single thing you want to eat. That’s what pit-stops are for!

Driving Smart

The biggest danger on the road isn’t how healthy your car is: it’s your driving. You need to be a smart driver when you’re going on a long road trip. Don’t drive for too many hours at a time. Take a lot of breaks, and switch out the driving responsibilities often. Also, don’t insist on keeping to a schedule. There’ll be times when you can’t go as fast as you’d like, or hit you traffic, and it’s stupid to try to make up the time by going faster than you feel comfortable.

Emergency Ready

You should always be prepared for an emergency. Breaking down in the middle of the night could be dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re properly prepared. Have a few extra blankets, bottles of water, a first aid kit, and a light handy. If you have the essentials, you’ll be able to ride it out until you can get help.

Be Flexible

Having a plan is good, but be flexible. You never know what can happen on the road, and it might be better if you’re flexible with your plans. So long as you’re having fun, who cares if you don’t reach every tourist highlight on the route?

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