Road trips can be a quite fun and memorable experience. However, it requires thorough planning beforehand so that you can make the most out of it. It’s necessary to get ready for your trip to ensure that you’re prepared for any situation especially when you’re far away from home. Here are some tips to make sure that you are ready to get your journey started.
While a spontaneous excursion can be fun and exciting, it’s smarter for those who are on a time limit to plot out the trip and save that type of decisions once the trip starts. An organized and well-planned trip would ensure that you have a good and safe time. First of all, you need to have a destination. It’s better to know where you’re going rather than just winging it.
Have your phone equipped with travel apps
Make sure you can take advantage of this. There are apps available in online stores today designed to guide travelers and many of them can be downloaded for free. Route-planning apps are probably the best type of app that you can use since they can provide information about the locations of the cheapest gas stations, blocked roadways, and even areas suffering from heavy traffic. This way you can save a significant amount of both money and time.
Check Your Car Beforehand
You would be relying on your vehicle to bring you to your destination, so it’s essential to be confident that your car is in a proper driving condition and wouldn’t break down in the middle of the road. If you know more than just the buttons on the dashboard, you can check that your vehicle is properly maintained before starting your trip or better yet, have your car looked at by your trusted mechanic. A professional would be able to find and eliminate problems and decide whether the vehicle is roadworthy.
However, there might still be issues that would come up that even a reputable mechanic wouldn’t be able to predict. At the very least, you can eliminate any common problems that may come up like flat tires.
Besides those, you or your mechanic can make sure to check if your indicator lights and headlights work and change the light bulbs if it doesn’t. It’s also important to check your brakes, transmission fluid, antifreeze, tires and oil as well as the fluids of your windshield wipers.
Add extra protection for your car through tinting
The summer sun can greatly damage your car, especially if you are planning to have a road trip! Many people actually want their cars be tinted come summertime to have access to tinting’s benefits to its passengers: lessen or get rid of the sun’s glare, keep the vehicle cooler and protect the interiors from premature deterioration caused by the sun.
The summertime is generally warmer, which is actually a plus for car tinting. According to experts, the higher the temperature is, the tint will dry down and “cure” faster naturally. But, as the humidity also rises, it can compromise the actual application of the films. High humidity can effect the way tint adheres to glass better, and drying faster at the same time.
Beware of local driving laws
Not all drivers are familiar with UK’s local driving rules and laws. Here are just some that can be quite handy. There’s no “right on red”. And of course, they drive on the left side of the road. If you’re going through a roundabout (also called a “traffic circle”) don’t change lanes mid-way through and give way to traffic on the right.
UK roads can be narrow
Drive with caution and use courtesy. In rural and more remote areas, including Scotland, it’s common to find “single track roads” – just 1 lane that allows traffic in 2 directions. Fortunately, there are “passing places” that you can pull off on the side of the road to let opposing traffic pass or an impatient overtaking driver from behind. If you get stuck, stay calm and patient. Just use a bit of common sense, and if in doubt, vehicles travelling uphill have right of way.