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If you’re planning on taking a long car journey and you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re planning a road trip or you’re travelling for work, you need to be sure you’re as prepared as you can be when it comes to long car journeys.
Things To Consider Before A Long Car Journey
From packing all of the essential snacks to planning in your stops, the more research you’re doing before you set off the better. With that in mind, here are 7 things to consider before a long car journey:
– What Route Will You Be Taking?
One of the first things you need to consider when it comes to a long car journey is the route you’re going to be taking. Whether you have several routes to choose from or you have a specific route you have to take, knowing where you’re going is essential to a successful journey. If it helps, load up the route you’re taking on Google Maps and take a look at the areas you have to travel through. Not only will this give you an idea of where you’re going but it will show you some clear markers for breaks, toilets and pit stops.
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– Do You Need To Take Breaks?
Speaking of breaks, you need to consider whether or not you’re going to need to take breaks along the way. Whether you’re taking breaks for something to eat or you’re stopping to go to the bathroom, it’s important you’re planning these in beforehand. If you’re unsure about how many opportunities you’ll have to stop, it might be worth researching the best places on your route before you start your journey. This is ideal if you’re planning on stopping for food or gas.
– Is Your Car In Good Condition?
Another important thing to consider is whether or not your car is in good condition. Although you may be able to travel short distances in your car, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is suited to longer journeys. This means you need to check your tyre pressure, your breaks and the quality of your lights If you’re unsure, it might be worth speaking to a professional. For more information about safety focused cars, you can visit this site here.
– Do You Have Enough Snacks And Drinks?
If you’re not planning on making many stops or you want to cut your costs for the journey, packing snacks and drinks is definitely something you should consider. The price of food when travelling can be incredibly expensive and if you’re going to be on the road for a number of days, it will start to add up. If you can, invest in a cool box and pack yourself some lunches and drinks. You may be surprised how much money and time it can save you.
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– Do You Need To Arrange Overnight Accommodation?
Another thing you might want to consider if you’re travelling for a number of days is whether or not you need to arrange overnight accommodation. If you do, you need to work out the best places to stop to ensure you’re not spending too many hours on the road at once. When it comes to saving money, booking all of your accommodation is ideal, however, this might not always be possible. If you’re unsure how far you’re going to be driving each day, it might be best to book your accommodation as you go.
– How Will You Keep Your Passengers Entertained?
Although this won’t be your main priority, you need to think about how you’re going to keep your passengers entertained. Whether they have entertainment systems, a good playlist or a book – you need to ensure they’re not going to be bothering you.
– Do You Have A Contingency Plan?
Finally, you need to be sure you have a contingency plan in place. Although it is unlikely you’ll come across any major issues, having a contingency plan is the best way to ensure you know exactly what to do should something happen. Whether it’s a little extra in the budget or an alternative route, it’s better to be prepared.
Are you heading on a long car journey soon? What do you need to consider to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be? Did we miss anything? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.