Planning a road trip is exciting, and actually going on the trip even more so! Of course, if you are driving, you will want to make sure your car is well-maintained in order for it to safely complete the journey, and that means checking the basics before you leave. If it’s a particularly long journey, especially one abroad, you need to make checks during the journey, too; car parts are subject to wear and tear, and the likes of lightbulbs can – and do – fail at any time. Safety is always paramount when driving long distances, and it pays to err on the side of caution.
Then there’s the question of where to go; the UK is home to many wonderful, exciting and very beautiful places. We have a host of extremely impressive National Parks, for example, as well as many historic buildings and fine towns and cities. If castles are your thing – and the kids will love them – head to the northernmost county in England, Northumberland, where you can find more castles than anywhere else. For dramatic coastlines, the South West is particularly spectacular, and north of the border are the great cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, plus the majesty of the Highlands.
How to Stay Safe
Before you leave for your trip, check that all the lights are working on your car; brake lights, thanks to their frequent use, tend to fail regularly, and not only is this a safety issue, but you will get fined if you are pulled up for it. Check that your wipers are working, that your washer bottle is full, and that your tyres have legal tread. In fact, if you can, have a mechanic give the car a once-over before setting out.
One thing that people tend to forget to check is tyre pressure; this is a very important area, as the wrong pressures can not only lead to poor grip, but will also have an effect on your tyre wear and fuel economy. It’s a good idea to keep a tyre pressure gauge in the car, so you can check the pressures throughout the journey. If you haven’t got one, they are surprisingly affordable, and we found a great review of the ten best tyre pressure gauges at bestreviewer.co.uk, where you can also find comprehensive reviews of many other items, motoring and otherwise.
Enjoying Your Trip
Once you are confident that the car is safe and ready, you can enjoy your road trip more easily, thanks to the peace of mind you have done all you can. Take it easy and drive safely, and bear in mind that you may be travelling on roads you have no knowledge of, so pay extra care if that is the case. More than anything, have fun, visit some places that you may not normally choose, and give your family a holiday to remember. It’s good to get away, and it’s surprising how enjoyable a UK road trip can be, so off you go!