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It’s Not Easy Being Green! The Best Hybrids For A Road Trip

For the modern driver, the hybrid is more than just a way to save money on fuel. But, in fact, as the number of hybrids is increasing ever so steadily on the market, it’s proving to be an excellent alternative to the conventional petrol and diesel cars. For the environmentally conscious among you, heading out on a road trip usually means you have to settle for the cheap model that spews fumes into the skies, but it doesn’t need to be like that anymore. So here is a pick of the best hybrid cars to try out.

Fiat 500 Coupe

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Sassy and sporty, the Fiat 500 is a big seller across the world and is also a stylish way to get around. With the good value for money as well as its reputation as a safe little runaround (despite its small size) means that it’s a great choice for many car rental companies. And the luxury factor lends itself well to luxury experiences which explain why it’s a popular brand for luxury car rental companies like Legacy Car Rental, and what’s more, the 1957 edition adds that extra bit of European charm to your road trip. So if you are embarking on a hipster’s road trip, this is the car for you!

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Of all the hybrid SUVs, the Outlander is a great choice because of its practicality, in combination with the low running costs so it lends itself well to long journeys and short ones, depending on if you pick the plug-in GXh hybrid version or not, which is more suitable for the short journeys. But you can pick the diesel or hybrid petrol electric Outlander which is great for long distance journeys, so if you’re planning on covering as much land as possible in a short space of time and you’ve got a family in tow this is your best shot.

 

BMW i8

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A lot of cars boast of their practicalities, but on the other side of that coin, the BMW i8 is the poster car for fun and, of course, speed. This car has a range of cutting edge technology but also is incredibly fun to drive and covers a lot of miles while still looking after the planet. It helps that it looks amazing and drives like a dream. Overall, if you are after a car that is exciting to drive and is kind on the environment, this is the one to go for. It’s very much a greener version of the Porsche 911!

Volkswagen Golf GTE

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Reliable, safe, and great for the environment, the Golf GTE is a great practical drive and covers many miles for your buck. It’s also a very affordable vehicle, and with this hybrid, you’re not just relying on battery power, there’s also a petrol engine to keep you on the road if the batteries go flat.

Hybrids don’t have to be boring relations to the cars we have on the road right now, but if you are going for style, variation as well as the green angle, you only have to try these few models out.

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The Best Countries To Roadtrip Through In A Car

It’s something a lot of us find ourselves itching to do: go on a roadtrip. Now this can be for the experience alone, the need to spend some time away, or for a good old soul search. Yet some countries have better road tripping opportunities than others when it comes to living out of a car for a few weeks or months. Listed below are top examples of such countries.

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Ireland

This is a good starting trip if you’re new to the idea and want a good experience of how it is to live out of a car. Ireland has an ancient history full of folklore that’s just ripe for discovering. It’s one of the best countries to explore in a car due to the more condensed area, meaning you’ll miss out if you don’t have a reliable transport option. One of the best sights to visit is the Giant’s Causeway along the coastal route.

The US-Of-A

The USA is huge, there’s no doubt about that. There are so many worthwhile areas to travel through in America, such as up to the Grand Canyon, to the far reaches of Alaska, and up and down the Miami Beaches. It’s especially good for travelling with a car through due to open roads and multiple pit stop areas. It’s also a safer country to drive through, with places like the US more likely to have accessible help after an accident, and better regulation over road safety and codes. Being able to say you travelled the famous Route 66, or even through the entire country is a great conversation starter, and definitely something you’ll be able to look back on fondly.

New Zealand

Travelling through New Zealand will provide you with some of the best views you’ll see in a lifetime. The variance amongst the landscape is best seen via car due to how quickly it can change. New Zealand has less of an available transport system, so having your own transport is a must for visiting.

Eastern Africa

Driving through Africa is a great option for more seasoned travellers who like a bit of a challenge. Strictly speaking, this isn’t a country. However, a drive down East Africa will allow you to hit round about 10 countries in one trip! Travelling through East Africa in a car will feel a lot like the safari you see on television, as many of the animals we stereotype as part of this region live and graze there. This kind of road trip will take you a little longer than the traditional month even in a car, but it’s well worth the time to see the jungles. Try to get your car registered to operate in Kenya if you want the perfect starting point.

Being able to drive is a conduit to experiencing the outside world. But most of all, when planning to travel with a car know what driving regulations there are in each country to stay safe on the road and not obstruct any locals.

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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?