Preparing For A Road Trip

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It is an excellent time of year to go on a road trip. The temperature at this time of year is decent enough so you can have a pleasurable trip. It is worthwhile planning a road trip well in advance to ensure that your trip is as great as it can be.

I have compiled a list of things to prepare for your road trip.


Planning is the greatest factor to consider. Your route should be planned well in advance. You will probably have a set period over which you will be going for so to ensure you get as much in as possible plan your route in an itinerary style form so you will have your route and places to visit mapped out in front of you. Never rely solely on a GPS system, they may not be up to date or they could even break so take a road map just in case.

Your vehicle

When heading on a road trip you will be relying heavily on your vehicle. It will need to be great on fuel and be large enough to fit all of your belongings in comfortably. Carry out regular checks of your vehicle and top everything up before you head out including water, windscreen wash, oil and power steering fluid. Also ensure that your tires are inflated sufficiently. It may be worthwhile taking your vehicle for a car service beforehand to ensure it is safe and can be relied upon.


You will need to consider carefully what you are taking with you. Combine summer clothes with winter clothes, willies and sandals to ascertain that no matter what the weather is like you will be comfortable. Don’t weigh the vehicle down with unnecessary weight because this will bump up the cost of fuel.


Ensure to stop regularly and don’t drive when tired. Regular rest breaks to have food, fresh air and time to relax will ensure that you stay well throughout your journey. When you stop never leave belongings on show and always take your most valuable item with you wherever you go. Try not to make your car look like you’re on a road trip – with pillows on show because this shows that you are likely to have other belongings hidden away.

The children

If you are taking the children ensure that they stay entertained by planning some in car games in advance. This will ensure they remain quiet and don’t distract the driver.

With careful consideration to planning and preparation you can be rest assured that your road trip will run smoothly.

guest postjade-colemanJade is our guest blogger for today. Jade enjoys to travel the UK in her camper van.  You can follow her on Twitter.  For more information about MOT Testing and Car servicing take a look at