Road trips are the perfect way to tour around a new area. Perhaps you want to explore a particular part of the country that you have never really visited before? Alternatively, many road trippers choose to make their holidays by car because it is a bit more flexible than air travel, affording them a greater sense of freedom. Road trips should be about enjoying the journey as well as the destination. Indeed, for many types of road trip, which are put together in a spontaneous way, there is not real final destination at all. Keeping things relaxed and being able to improvise when interesting places are found is what it is all about. But you shouldn’t get so chilled out that you become a menace on the road or stop yourself and your companions from being safe. Follow these simple tips for a perfect road trip.
Plan Your Journey
If you are in the chilled out mood of a relaxed holiday, then the chances are that you won’t want to be motoring at high speed all of the time. If you have a long stretch to complete, then do it after the morning rush hour when the roads are that bit quieter. Use the mornings to do any motorway driving then hit the back roads in the afternoon for some more relaxed travel. Don’t cause frustration in other drivers by going so slowly that they want to overtake dangerously. Just get out of the way, if the moment calls for it.
Sometimes it can be good to get long stretches of your road trip done at night. You can avoid tolls and the worst traffic if you do this. Getting from one major city to another is quickest if you do it at night. Be prepared, however. Make sure that you are not tired from the day’s activities before you set off. If you start to become fatigued, then let your companion drive for a bit, or simply pull over and take a rest. There really is no rush, after all. Check your car’s lights, including your indicators, before you begin any journey at night.
Before you start a road trip do some basic maintenance so that you are as relaxed as possible and not worrying about measures that you should have taken. An oil check and an air filter once over are both jobs that most motorists can do for themselves. Checking your tyre pressure is another good piece of advice, but when it comes to ensuring your tyres are not suffering from bulges or excessive wear it is usually best to head to a tyre dealer who can do this for you. Good tyre dealers, like Point-S, will also check your brakes for you, so this makes a trip to a dealership especially worthwhile.
If you are taking your car outside of the UK, via a ferry or through the Channel Tunnel, then be prepared for the regulations in the country you are visiting. This means checking with the authorities’ websites in advance. France, for example, has more stringent rules – which that include travelling with a Breathalyzer – than other EU countries. If your road trip is in a hire car in the US, then make sure you know the Federal speed limit as well as any further restrictions placed on drivers in the state you are driving in.