If you’re planning to pack up all your stuff, leaving your home and getting in a car and going off on a jolly, you should absolutely plan before you head out. Seeing new places, venturing off the beaten track and discovering the unexpected is going to be an entirely new experience for you and the last thing that you want to happen when you hit the road is that you realise how underprepared you are for your trip.
Here’s some tips for you to ensure that you’re as well prepared as possible to survive a road trip, from packing properly and carrying out the necessary checks prior to hitting the road and, just ensuring that you get home safe, wherever home may be so that you can continue your life as you left it. Without further ado, here’s our helpful tips!
Plan Your Route
This one is a bit of a red herring because there’s not really a correct way for you to map out the exact route you’ll be following during your time on the road as it’s more than likely that you’re heading out on this trip to be true to yourself and do what you want to do. However, that doesn’t mean to say that a spot of pre-planning won’t go a miss.
If you’re headed somewhere in particular, think about what it is that you specifically want to do and is there anywhere in particular that you want to go to and see? Make sure you plan in all the places you want to go to and things you want to see. If you’re craving more of a scenic drive for a part of your trip, plan that in too. Don’t limit yourself just because you didn’t plan properly. Take the time to plan your road trip correctly and you’ll reap the benefits when you finally do hit the road.
Divide and Conquer
This is a great tip to consider but is only really applicable to those of you who are road tripping in a pair or a group. When there’s a few of you in the car, split up tasks and assign everyone with a specific job while you’re all in the car. Who is going to be doing the driving? Who is in charge of navigation? Who is in charge of the in-car entertainment and snacks? Yes, this may sound so simple but it can help to make things go much smoother while you’re on your adventures.
If you properly evaluate how different people and personalities can contribute to the smooth running of the trip, it will help things to run much smoother. Who is best to drive at night and who is best to drive in the morning? Does anyone have a hard time trying to boil water? Don’t put them in charge of food for the journey. Thinking things through like this and dividing out tasks can help your trip run much smoother.
Prepare for Take-Off
So, just like aeroplanes have to go through a number of pre-flight safety checks, you should do the same for your car before you hit the road for your long journey. It’s absolutely, 100% worth the time and cost for you to take your car to the local garage and have them check over it before you head out.
There’s a few things that you should absolutely check yourself before you start your journey. For starters, making sure you have the correct oil levels in your car is paramount. The last thing you want when you’re driving through the alps is your car to just clunk out on you because you’re out of oil. Another thing that tends to go unchecked is the amount of windscreen wiper fluid you have. Ensure that this is fully topped up before you leave because you’re likely going to encounter a number of different weather conditions on your trip and the last thing you want is to not be able to clean your windscreen while you’re driving down the highway/motorway/freeway.
Finally, ensure that your tyres are suitable too. Do you plan on doing any off-road driving on your trip? If this is something that is likely to feature heavily in your journey, ensure you’ve got the correct vehicle for it and the correct tyres. For example, you’ll more than likely need a nice big, 4×4 or pick-up truck fitted with some chunky, durable off-road tyres that will ensure grip and performance on uneven, rocky or whatever terrain you may come across.
Hopefully these three tips are enough to get you thinking about preparing properly for your road trip and that you will try to plan ahead of time, plan efficiently and pack and prepare properly before you set off on what is likely going to be the journey of a lifetime.