If you’re planning on taking a road trip, whether it’s in the UK or slightly further afield, it’s always worth making sure you’re prepared for every eventuality.
Here we’ve provided some tips to ensure you have a successful road trip.
1. Plan your route carefully
It’s worth planning out your route before you set off, as this will (hopefully) prevent you getting lost! Planning your route also means you can schedule convenient pit stops along the way for when you need a break from driving.
If you’re heading off somewhere unfamiliar, it might also be a good idea to take a paper road map, just in case your Sat Nav loses signal.
2. Carry out a health check on your car
Whilst it’s always sensible to keep an eye out for any dashboard warning lights that might come on, it’s also worth doing a more in-depth health check of your car before heading off on a long trip. You should also check the following:
Check the tyre pressure and tread depth, as well as keeping an eye on any wear and tear.
Check the water, washer and oil levels. It's also a good idea to keep some anti-freeze in the car, especially during the winter months.
Check that all of your lights are still working, and that you know how to use them - you'd be surprised how many people don't know how to switch on their fog lights!
3. Carry some emergency supplies
Just in case the unexpected happens, keep some emergency supplies in the car. This could include:
- Things to keep you warm (such as boots, a winter jacket, and a blanket).
- Some food and water.
- A warning triangle.
- A portable phone charger.
- An ice scraper.
- A first aid kit.
4. Make sure you have the number of a local breakdown service
Save the number of your breakdown service to your phone. It’s also a good idea to write it down on a piece of paper in case your phone breaks or runs out of battery. Your car insurance policy might even have breakdown cover included as standard, so check your policy documents.
5. Double check your car insurance documents before you go
Check the following details on your car insurance documents before heading off on a long trip so you know what cover you have, should you need to use it:
- Is the policy still valid?
- Do you have breakdown cover included?
- If you’re travelling abroad, check that your car insurance policy covers where you’re travelling to.
- If you’re planning on sharing the driving with someone else, make sure you are both covered under the same insurance policy, and let your insurer know.
6. Drive carefully
Long winding roads are notorious for accidents, so make sure to slow down on the bends. Not only that, but you may be driving through unfamiliar territory, and in adverse weather conditions, so it’s a good idea to keep the pace down and listen out for any unusual engine noise.