5 Things to Remember For Your Next Road Trip
By Simon Duncan on July 20, 2017
I love road trips because you have the extra freedom to decide where and when you are going. You can choose where to stop and take photos. You can decide the bathroom breaks and where you will stop for lunch. You get to go at your own pace. You can take the scenic route or go the faster route if you are ready to be at your destination. It just provides an extreme level of freedom when compared to taking public ground transport. I love taking road trips and wanted to share some helpful tips to ensure your next road trip is your best holiday ever.
1. Ensure Your Car is Well Serviced
Whether you have a brand new car or an older car, you are going to want to make sure the car is serviced properly before you head off. This will prevent nasty surprises on the road and ensure you make it to your destination as planned. Getting an oil change, especially if you’re due for one, is really important!
2. Take Appropriate Snacks
Often the food on the road is unhealthy, expensive and low quality. You will do much better if you go to a super market before you leave and stock up on inexpensive healthy choices such as muesli bars, fruit and nuts. This is a great way to keep costs down, while also being healthy. It can be smart to take a few bottles of water for the car ride as well, so you never find yourself thirsty in the middle of no where.
3. Take a Good Soundtrack
For the bits of the road that are boring with little scenery, a good sound track will keep you entertained and focused on your drive. Personally I load up a bunch of songs on my phone and make a Road Trip Playlist. It’s a lot of fun! Don’t forget to include some sing along songs.
4. Take Rests
Driving can be surprisingly tiring, staring at the long road, especially if there’s little scenery can be a little boring. I like to take a rest every 2 hours, to get out and stretch my legs, get some fresh air, and also to give my eyes a bit of a rest.
5. Take Turns
If you’re short on time, maybe talk to one of your friends about sharing the task of driving. Maybe you can take turns in rotation, with each of you driving 2 hours and swapping until you reach your destination. This gives the other driver a chance to rest their eyes, enjoy the view, and also will ensure no one suffers from driver fatigue.
Road trips are so fun and with these 5 hints you’ll arrive safely at your destination, with a full belly and lots of good memories!