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28th July 2023

Preparing your car for a summer road trip

Whether in the UK or abroad, a road trip is an enticing option for a summer getaway as it allows you to explore multiple places from the comfort of your vehicle.

That being said, a road trip will require a certain amount of preparation to ensure you reach each destination safely and with as little stress as possible so that you can ultimately enjoy your break away.

So what do you need to consider when preparing for your summer road trip? We take a look below…

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Whilst you may focus on packing the essentials for when you reach your destination, packing for the journey is equally (if not more) important to ensure a safe trip. Items such as your vehicle documentation, first-aid kit, sat nav, torch, breakdown essentials, in-car phone charger and not forgetting drinks and snacks.

Car maintenance

Ensuring your car is ready to take on its forthcoming journey is crucial. Before setting off you should be checking your car’s oil, tyre pressure and tread, coolant, lights (both headlights, indicators and break lights) and your washer fluid.

If any of these items do not meet the appropriate level or standards, they should be corrected. Of course, a service prior to your journey will identify any and all issues, and therefore it may be worthwhile to visit a car mechanic before your journey.

Planning your stops

Driving whilst tired is extremely risky and therefore the government advises that you should be taking a break for at least 15 minutes every two to three hours. As a result, you should map out your journey and choose the most appropriate places to stop. This is also an opportunity to see any places of interest along the way!

Of course, there are many more considerations when planning a road trip, including checking the weather, traffic, etc. What thorough planning will do is help you to enjoy your time entirely without any unnecessary stress. If you’re looking for some road trip inspiration, take a look at our blog on the best UK road trips here.