The driving holiday is something of a British tradition, and one that has newfound popularity in recent years, as families look for less expensive alternatives to holidays abroad in the face of an uncertain economic climate. There’s no shortage of picturesque locations to explore on these fair isles – from the Yorkshire moors to the beaches of Cornwall and the ancient castles of Scotland This year many holidaymakers are taking the opportunity to experience as many of them as possible on an extended driving tour. But to ensure you get the best out of your trip, it’s important to make a few preparations…
Paper Still Has A Place!
If you’ve booked a week off to drive around the country, you don’t want to spend half of it trawling up and down the same country roads, or stranded at the roadside in the middle of nowhere. Make sure you have your route well planned and carry a spare road map in case your sat-nav starts playing up. If you’re driving outside cities and motorways, you might have to travel long distances in between petrol stations, so be sure to fill up before you set off. Print off the phone number, address and map for any accommodation you have booked!
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Nothing is more likely to ruin a driving holiday than an unexpected breakdown, particularly if you have to pay through the nose for repairs. To protect yourself from the unexpected, make sure you have comprehensive motor insurance with breakdown cover. With a good insurance policy through a company such as www.rias.co.uk, you can count on roadside repairs, transport to the nearest garage if necessary and money back for overnight accommodation, as well as cover for caravans and trailers (terms and conditions apply). If you have a breakdown the small increase to your premium will save you substantial amounts and the assistance provided mean your holiday will not be ruined.
All-day driving can be a draining experience. It can also be dangerous if you get tired behind the wheel. If possible, share the workload. Make sure anyone who can drive the car is insured to do so. Alternatively, you could plan out your journey to try to ensure that you’re never on the road for more than 4-6 hours without the opportunity for an extended break.
As the old saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. So make sure you check your car thoroughly before your journey. If you’re heading into the countryside, the roads might be rougher than you’re used to, so it’s particularly important to make sure your tyres are in good shape. If you have a spare make sure it is in good shape. Check your oil, water and tyre pressure remembering to adjust for any increase to the normal load caused by additional people and roof racks.
If you’re renting a car for the journey, make sure you choose a vehicle that’s suited to harsher terrain and it has basic tools like a wheel changing kit and a spare tyre before you drive off.