June 18, 2024

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Road trip essentials: what to consider before you go

Are you planning to fuel up the tank for an exciting road trip? Are you keen to hit the open road and enjoy the freedom and fun it’ll bring? Then we’re here to help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

Before you pack up the car and get going, it’s worth taking some time to plan the various elements of your trip. Here, we explore the key things to consider before you set off to ensure your journey goes off without a hitch.

Plan your route thoroughly

First things first, you need to think about where you want to go and how to break up the journey. Whether you’re heading towards the Scottish Highlands, the beautiful beaches on the south coast of England or Snowdonia National Park in Wales, it’s important to plan your route carefully.

You can use navigation apps or Google maps to plan each leg of your journey. Consider how long you’re willing to drive for in one go and how often you want to stop and explore. Jot down your must-see destinations to help you figure out how you’re going to get from A to B each day.

Book overnight stays and pit stops

Once you’ve decided where you want to go and how you’re going to get there, you can start to organise overnight stays and pit stops. Your pit stops should be fun and exciting places that you’re keen to explore. They could be world-renowned restaurants, iconic stately homes or areas of outstanding natural beauty.

When it comes to overnight accommodation, it’s worth booking in advance to avoid disappointment. If you’re travelling in a campervan, make sure you book your pitches ahead and if you’re hitting the road by car, you’ll need to find budget-friendly accommodation en route. Luckily there are plenty of charming B&Bs throughout the UK – so you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Make sure you have the right documents

Before you hit the road, make sure that you have all the necessary documents to hand. For example, you’ll need a full driving license, MOT certificate and insurance certificate. It’s worth checking that your car or motorhome insurance provides the right level of cover for your trip so you have peace of mind while exploring.

The government website explains other legal obligations of drivers and riders, including registering your vehicle with the DVLA, having up to date vehicle tax and passing the minimum eyesight requirements. Remember that there are further medical and eyesight standards if you’re planning to drive a large vehicle.

By organising your route, booking overnight accommodation in advance and ensuring you meet the legal requirements for the road, you can be best prepared for a fun-filled road trip across the UK.