Road Trip tips

Summer is here and most of us have already planned our holidays. Some of us will be flying to our destinations because of distance or convenience and others might be taking other modes of transportation which includes road trips. Last summer MOH and I drove (I say drove he did I slept kept company) to Lithuania from UK for almost 30hrs. It was the most tiring but fun experience I had last summer and though I won’t be jumping in the car just yet to re-do the road trip, I thought for those who are considering road trips with the family or with friends here are some road trip tips to keep in mine before you set off.

Planning when it comes to travel is everything, I am one of those people who likes to plan to the very last detail of my long trips but somehow always ends of forgetting one thing or the other. And if I don’t forget something I find some items I have taken are dormant the entire time I am away which is not great if you are limited to what you can carry (flights) but with road trips you can pack as little or as much as you want. I shared my top 5 tips for road trips last ear and this year I thought I share more road trip tips which I might have missed last time or to just rehash the spoken word.

Road Trip tips

Tip 1: Clean your car, this one is truly explanatory. There is nothing worse than setting off on your road trip to find your car is dirty, I think it sets great presidency start a road trip in a clean and fresh car. It doesn’t matter how long or short your road trip will be, its important to clear out all the dirty items and replace with a clean environment. I was always taught it takes dirty hands to clear the dirt so how about you get to it before you set off for your road trip.


Tip 2: Before every longer trip everyone is normally planning months and weeks ahead. But there are some essential things that people either forget or don’t think it is important. And so, checking the condition of your tyres as well as their pressure is very important. Not checking them daily when commenting to and from work or just driving around the town might seem normal but when getting on a longer journey it is essential to check them as the consequences and the cost of breakdown will not only ruin ones holidays but will also be very expensive.

 There are several things to note when checking tyres and fortunately this is not rocket science:

  •  Tyre tread – You have to ensure that the tyre tread is above the minimum legal depth of 1.6 millimetres. If it is lower than this then the car is illegal to be driven. It not only puts the driver and the passengers into danger but it also invalidates your insurance in the case of accident and if stopped by the police the car would get confiscated. Most of the tyres nowadays have little markers inside the tread showing where the legal depth is or if they are not there then the depth of tread could be inspected visually. Normally it is suggested to replace the tyres when the tread is below 3mm as below that the tyre loses its original performance and grip.
  • Bumps/scuffs – It is important to check the tyres for any bumps, scuffs of any objects that might be stuck in the tyre such as nails of pieces of broken glass. If any found it is suggested to take the tyre out to the tyre repair shop to get it repaired or you might need to buy new tyres, you can buy new tyres online at  Point-S
  • Tyre Pressure – it is important that your tyres have the right amount of air in them. It not only helps to prolong they lifespan but also improve your fuel consumption. Fortunately you don’t need to guess the suggested optimal tyre pressure of every car since the car manufacturers are putting this information on the side of the driver’s door frame and in the glove compartment. The information normally displays the tyre size, speed rating and the pressure both in PSI and Bar for the front and the back tyres. This helps when using the air pump as you clearly know how much air is required for the best performance.

Tip 3: Pack Essentials, this differs for each personal but you should have

  1. Water – keeping cool and hydrated
  2. Blankets – for when the weather turns even with heating on or when you stop for a nap
  3. Torch – it’s always smart to carry one especially if you will be driving through the night
  4. First Aid box – this is self-explanatory

Tip 4: Food, when packing food don’t just pack sweets pack foods that can keep and won’t go off easily and will sustain you on your journey. I have made this mistake in the past of where I pack what I think we need but it’s all sweets and junk and nothing sustainable.

So there you have it, these are my road trip tips to help you enjoy your road trip this summer without causing an accident because of bad tires.

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  1. CourtneyLynne
    June 20, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    These are some great tips!!! I always make sure my car is clean before any trip! Even its just a few hours away!

    • June 20, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks Courtney it’s so important to have a clean car

  2. June 18, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Great tips im going on a road trip next weekend so your tips will come handy. xxx

    • June 19, 2016 / 6:22 am

      Ooh have a lovely time and thanks

  3. Kerry Norris
    June 16, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    These are all really good important tips. I think a clean car is essential x

    • June 16, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      Thanks Kerry

  4. Robin Ruehrwein
    June 16, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    Awesome road trip tips! Being prepared before you even hit the road is important. You never know what can happen when you are away from home.

    • June 16, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      So true

  5. June 16, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Such good tips – I would love a road trip with Hubs (maybe once the kids are grown up) x

    • June 16, 2016 / 11:14 am

      Thanks

  6. June 16, 2016 / 10:29 am

    I used to travel so much for work and I would always start to repack as soon as I unpacked. Things like refilling all the mini bottles in my washbag, and checking adaptors and chargers. Makes it so much faster.

    • June 16, 2016 / 11:14 am

      So true, I always repack as soon as I return from a trip

  7. Nicole Etolen
    June 16, 2016 / 7:01 am

    I have a road trip plan for this weekend. These tips are very helpful.

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Have fun on your road trip

  8. Courtney Gillard
    June 15, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    I have a checklist of what to bring in my trips. This helps me not to forget all the essentials I needed.

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:11 am

      That’s always handy to have

  9. Nicole Escat
    June 15, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Thanks for this tips. I actually need this because I am planning on having one.

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:05 am

      I am glad I shared them on time

  10. Kathy
    June 15, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    These are some wonderful tips. I think it’s really important to make sure you have everything you need for when you’re on a road trip. You never know what may happen.

    • June 16, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Absolutely you never know

  11. June 15, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I honestly would put cleaning the car as my utmost priority. There’s just something behind a dirty car that brings me bad luck everywhere when I travel. Great tips, especially the packing essentials.

    • June 15, 2016 / 11:22 am

      I think it’s one of my top priorities too lucky boo too

  12. June 15, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Great tip about keeping water and blankets in the boot with torch, so many times I used to double and treble check we had both whenever we went somewhere in the car x

    • June 15, 2016 / 9:54 am

      Thanks, I learned this one from dad

  13. June 15, 2016 / 7:13 am

    30 hours? That sure is a long journey I hope you had a good time in Lithuania in the end?

    • June 15, 2016 / 8:58 am

      I had an awesome relaxing time definitely

  14. Carmela Mempin
    June 15, 2016 / 6:58 am

    Such an awesome tips, for sure this would be very useful and helpful as well, especially to those who are going on a road trip. Its very important to check the car first before leaving.

    • June 15, 2016 / 8:58 am

      It is so important and most of us forget the basics

  15. June 15, 2016 / 6:18 am

    Great tips thanks for sharing. I totally agree with your first tip – clean your car. I remember travelling in a friend’s car a few months back, just the fact that the car was in a complete mess made the trip so uncomfortable and miserable.

    • June 15, 2016 / 6:29 am

      I can imagine, it’s such a mood pooper isn’t it

  16. June 15, 2016 / 6:09 am

    I would like to add make sure you have adequate breakdown cover too

    • June 15, 2016 / 6:28 am

      Absolutely

  17. Elizabeth O.
    June 15, 2016 / 4:26 am

    It pays to be ready on a road trip, and aside from the essentials, you’re right, the car should be thoroughly checked. You don’t want anything giving up on you on the middle of the road, so doing a complete check-up would be helpful.

    • June 15, 2016 / 6:02 am

      Absolutely, for your safety, passengers and other road users that car should get thoroughly checked

    • June 15, 2016 / 5:56 am

      Thanks

  18. June 14, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Great ideas. I took a road trip last summer and made to keep items that I needed, like water and snacks, close by so I didn’t have to stop. I also made sure my phone charger was handy so my battery didn’t die from using the GPS.

    • June 15, 2016 / 5:55 am

      That’s something I forgot to include on this list but captured in another. Thanks for sharing your tips

  19. June 14, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    Great tips – we had an epic road trip to France a couple of weeks ago – I drove over 1000 miles! Kaz x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Oh wow that’s a lot of driving

  20. June 14, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I love a road trip and can’t wait for my girls to be older to enjoy them again. Great tips!

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks Laura

  21. June 14, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Thanks for this article. It was detailed and informative. I can save this and use it as a guide the next time we go on a trip. I always have a small first aid kit in my car and emergency medications in my purse, so no matter whether it be a short trip to the grocery or a long drive to somewhere, I am secure in the thought that I am sort of prepared.

    • June 14, 2016 / 6:24 pm

      Glad to hear that, though I don’t always carry my first aid box I do ensure I have some medications in my handbag

  22. June 14, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    When I’m going on a trip, I spend so much time planning what to pack that I neglect the car completely – i just make sure it’s full of petrol and that’s it! Not anymore 🙂

    • June 14, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Hahaha I am glad I could help

  23. June 14, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    i love a good road trip.. and tidying the car is a good one.. esp with the little ones.. i usually get me husband to check the car stuff.. great tips

    • June 14, 2016 / 2:55 pm

      I am not big on the car stuff myself but definitely can clean and pack essentials

  24. June 14, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Great tips – preparation is key for a successful roadtrip so you’ve nailed it in these tips!

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks Tayla

  25. June 14, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Great and very important tips. We don’t go on road trips that often and not as long as u have.

    • June 14, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      Thanks, I don’t go on often as well but I do love it the few times that I do

  26. June 14, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Really useful tips and tyres are so important, they can save our life x

    • June 14, 2016 / 10:46 am

      They absolutely can and its important to make sure they are checked regularly

  27. June 14, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Useful tips! I love road-trips. We did one all way from Cornwall to a remote village in Loch Awe, Scotland and other one again, from Cornwall to France. I think our road-trips this summer will just be in England, and hopefully over the border to Wales 😉 x

    • June 14, 2016 / 9:50 am

      Thanks, I am yet to venture to Cornwall but heading to France this weekend so excited

  28. June 14, 2016 / 7:03 am

    Ooh I haven’t been on a road trip for ages! Thanks for sharing your tips.

    • June 14, 2016 / 7:17 am

      You’re most welcome

  29. June 14, 2016 / 3:33 am

    I’ve been wanting to go on a road trip and I’m thinking about planning one soon, and working out the cost etc! Would be a great thing to do during summer so thank you very much for the tips!

    • June 14, 2016 / 5:12 am

      You’re most welcome and glad I shared my tips

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