Road trips are a great way to explore, find hidden gems and experience everything that the world has to offer. They offer the freedom that many other holidays don’t, giving you total control over your trip as you don’t have to rely on any public transport to get around. However, road trips do require more planning than the average holiday but, hopefully, these tips will help you prepare.
First, you need to think about how you are going to travel. From cars to campervans and motorbikes there is a range of ways that you can conduct your road trip and the choice is up to you!
If taking a car, you should opt for a reliable make, like Peugeot, as you will be travelling long distances. Finding a used Peugeot car for sale is easy and will ensure that you have a dependable car when embarking on your trip of a lifetime, without breaking the bank!
Learn Basic Car Maintenance
It’s always important to keep your car serviced but even more so when covering multiple miles a day during your road trip, so it’s a good idea to learn a few basic maintenance skills. During your trip be sure to keep your tyre pressure up to standard for safety and fuel efficiency. You should also know how to top up your car’s six essential fluids as this will ensure that your road trip goes as smoothly as possible and reduces the risk of any breakdowns or accidents. Knowing how to change a tyre and having a spare on hand is also an essential skill as this will mean that you can quickly get back on the road if your tyres get damaged.
Plan your route
You should work out how long you want to travel and outline your itinerary, as without planning you might spend your entire trip at your first stop, or end up rushing through the important visits and then have too much time on your hands! Make a list of must-see sights that you want to visit and try to ensure that you aren’t doing all of your travelling during the day as otherwise, you may have some very grumpy passengers. The UK government recommends taking a 15-minute break every two to three hours to reduce the likelihood of crashes.
If you’re stuck for ideas on where to visit, there is plenty of inspiration online, on blogs and Instagram, and in guidebooks. You should also make sure you have some extra time to spare for any last-minute activities or trips that you discover you want to do while you’re away.
There are a few extra expenses to consider when going on a road trip. You will need to account for fuel, specific insurance that will cover you and your luggage for the duration of the trip as well as any toll fees and other expenses, so be sure to budget even if you’re travelling solo.
To help bring costs down you could look to avoid peak times of the year such as Christmas and summer weekends. High-volume travel times usually result in a more expensive trip with higher hotel and fuel prices. Avoiding these times will also reduce the likelihood of getting stuck in traffic which is always a bonus.