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5 Tips For Taking a Long Road Trip

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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The Broke Man’s Guide To A Broke-Ass Road Trip

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‘Road trip? This summer? Count me in! Oh, wait, hang on a minute – I can’t afford it because I’m broke!’

It is amazing how many people respond like this when the opportunity of hitting the road rears its head. Unfortunately, most of us can’t drop everything and get behind the wheel because we don’t have the cash. It’s annoying, but road trips are pretty expensive, so money is essential. Or is it?

Yes, money helps, but does it mean we can’t have one of the best experiences of our life because we’re broke? No, the truth is that anyone without the necessary funds can go; they just have to follow these tips. Safe travels!

Get A Cheap Rental

The car is the biggest expense, and cars don’t come cheap. But, there is no need to buy one because rentals are everywhere. Depending on the location of the trip, the area will be full of dealerships that are dying to rent a car. They want to take advantage of the influx of road trippers, and they will offer the best prices as a result. Sure, it isn’t always the best idea if the deal isn’t a good one, but shoppers can look around for the best prices. Also, give the contract a lot of attention because no one wants a massive bill at the end of the trip.

Buy Second Hand

A rental is cool, but it is restricting. When we hit the open road, we want to feel the wind in our hair, hear the music blasting from the speakers, and embrace the freedom. It’s impossible to do that when we have to worry about the car. A car that isn’t a rental, then, is an excellent option. So many other road trippers think ‘I will sell my broken car that no one wants,’ which means there’s plenty on the market. Don’t worry about the term ‘broken’ either. The car will need some work – it is an occupational hazard of a road trip – but a mechanic isn’t too expensive.

Share A Motor

Sites like Zipcar and getaround.com are awesome for those of us that want a cheap motor. Why? It’s because they are car-sharing sites, and they are perfect for keeping the price down. Although it sounds a little naïve, residents of towns and cities are willing to offer their car for a few days for a small price. It might not take up the entire road trip, but it’s possible to do it in a variety of places across a big number of countries. The overall cost is so much cheaper than a traditional lease.

Don’t Take A Car

Anyone ever wanted to hitchhike? Well, now is a perfect time to tick it off the bucket list! Because cars cost so much, it is a good idea not to pay for one. Stupid as it sounds (road trip, duh!), it works because other drivers will pick up hitchhikers and drop them off at their destination. Of course, there is an element of risk, so please be careful. But, as long as no one travels alone, everything should work out fine.

Hopefully, these car tips won’t stop you from hitting the road when the opportunity arises.

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Ready and Waiting: How to Take Your Car With You Wherever You Go

If you’ve spent thousands on a fancy new car and made it your pride and joy, then it’s understandable that you want to take your car with you wherever you go. You could be travelling across the country, moving to a new country or city, or perhaps you just want to take it for an adventure across the continent. Either way, it’s completely acceptable to want to take your prized possession everywhere you go, so here are some tips and advice on how to bring your motor vehicle with you no matter where you plan to go.

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Get used to interacting with different mechanics wherever you go

You might think that there’s a perfect mechanic somewhere in your city, but if you travel often then chances are you won’t get to see them very often. When you travel to another city or to a different country, you’re going to need to find a new mechanic each and every time you arrive.

Whether it’s to replace tires, tune a part or check on the health of your vehicle, get used to making friends with mechanics wherever you go. Learn their names, interact with them, save their phone numbers and you’ll find that having friends in garages will make your travelling lifestyle much easier. If you find yourself travelling across a country with a different language, then it can be worth keeping a phrasebook handy or learning about the car so you can point to parts that you know need replacing or maintenance.

Consider vehicle transport for long distances

Unless you own a James Bond spy car with lots of gadgets, then chances are you’re going to need to hire a vehicle transport service to move it across large bodies of water if there’s no boat available or if your vehicle can’t fit on a ferry. There might also be cases where you need to travel long distances back home or to a new city and you’re too tired or intoxicated and unable to drive. It’s time like this where you might consider winging it, but unless you want to end up in an accident with injuries and a broken car, you’d be wise to contact a transport service to help move your vehicle to your destination while you take a taxi, train or even sit in your car while it’s in transit.

Carry emergency supplies

If you plan to travel everywhere in your car then you better carry some basic supplies. For example, a spare tire (or even two) will help when one of your tires is punctured. Basic car maintenance tools like wrenches, tire pressure gauges and screwdrivers will also be valuable purchases that you can easily store in your car. If you do end up in a bad situation, then a book of emergency contact numbers will come in handy if you travel to different countries, and it’s never a bad idea to have a first aid kit and some emergency rations stored in your car if you end up stranded or lost.