We love heading off on an adventure - in fact we have just come back from a wonderful holiday in France - can't wait to tell you all about it but first I thought I would put together some top tips when planning a road trip - even though our latest holiday was mainly spent on some lovely high speed trains we did hire a little Fiat while in France for a week and the same rules apply when making sure your mode of transport is safe for you and your family.
1. Always pack a roadmap and have an idea of where you want to go. it's lovely just jumping into a car and following the sunset but some practicalities do need to come into play, especially if your driving in another country. You don't need to spend a lot of money, a decent road map will do and perhaps a copy of local camping sites and hotels so you don't get stuck without somewhere to stay.
|We would of been totally lost on our road trip to West Wales last month without our map|
2. First Aid kit is essential - we always have one in the boot of the car as you really never know when you’re going to need it. Luckily we have not had to pull it over very often, and when we have it's usually just been for a plaster or some anti-septic cream but it's really important to just have a first aid kit when on the road.
3. Check your oil and water - when we left to go camping sat month we hadn't checked the oil for a while and we are so glad we did as it was really low. We always keep a little bit of oil on hand in the boot as well 2 litters of water, just in case.
4. Make sure your tyres are in good condition - this is very important and if they aren't you really do need to replace them. It can be very dangerous (and illegal) to drive with thread bare tyres and this should be at the forefront of your road trip safety. With everything being available online, you can find cheap car tyres at the Point S website which has a huge selection of the best brands and quality tyres; you won't need to replace them very often.
5. Have some entertainment on hand - make a few mix-cds and playlists - having good music while driving can really improve the whole road trip experience. Also if you’re travelling with children make sure you have a few thing on hands to keep them entertained such a few small toys as well as playing games such as Eye-Spy or Spot the Red car.
Once you have your car in order the open road is yours. You really don't have to spend a lot of money or have the most expensive vehicle - I drove down from the West Coast of Scotland to Cornwall where I camped in the back of my banged up Corsa Metro Van for a summer before having Mr A and really enjoyed every second of it.