Holiday travel tips

29th May 2013

It’s nearly summertime, and chances are, you’ve got some upcoming holiday booked. Whether you’re setting off for a three hundred mile road trip with a wild destination at the end, or just exploring the countryside with no real stopping point in mind, there are some basic travel tips to make the journey a little smoother.

If you’re travelling with little ones, making sure you’re prepared for any potential snags is doubly important. The stress of a blowout on the road is made even worse with upset children in the backseat.

Logging long miles in your car can be exhausting and uncomfortable for everyone, especially if you aren’t adequately prepared for the expedition.

Do all you can to eliminate potential hazards and ensure you arrive safe and sound at your destination. That way, you’ll make the most of your trip and avoid costly repairs – so you’ll have more money to spend on local delicacies and souvenirs to commemorate your carefree holiday.

Plan ahead

Start packing well in advance, to avoid a last-minute scramble. Encourage your spouse to do the same. Depending on their ages, you may want to assist your children as they pack. You’ll have peace of mind knowing they have everything they need for the trip. Of course, you’ll need to make sure all your luggage fits in the boot. If you’re unsure, throw everything in the boot before anyone starts packing – it’ll spare you time and frustration down the road. Knowing you need to use a smaller suitcase ahead of time will eliminate the need to unpack and repack later on.

Verify the route

Before you set off, make sure your sat nav recognises your destination. You should also plan your journey online or use a traditional map to verify the route. Sat navs can’t always be trusted to provide up-to-date information.

Check the forecast

Check the weather forecast to get an idea of what kind of road conditions you’ll face along the way. Bring sunglasses in case of sunshine, and make sure your windscreen wipers are working if it rains. An accurate weather forecast will also help you plan what clothes to pack. A general idea of the projected temperature will help you choose between shorts and jeans, and jumpers or vests. One garment should always be packed, regardless of the forecast, and that’s your raincoat. Frequent pop-up showers are commonplace all throughout the UK – your holiday destination is no exception, unfortunately.

Don’t forget the small stuff

Spare yourself some drive-through meals. Pack healthy snacks in advance for you and your family to enjoy. Sandwiches, granola bars, bottled water and fruit will help speed along the journey. As a result, you might hear the age-old ‘Are we there yet?’ a few less times than you otherwise would have.

Avoid peak travel times

As you can imagine, summertime means Britain’s roads are clogged and overrun with fellow travellers. To cope with high traffic volumes, avoid peak travel times. Leave as early as possible in the morning, or travel at your children’s bedtime (assuming you aren’t too tired to drive) to avoid 18.00 BST rush hour. Listen to traffic reports on the radio to be aware of upcoming jams.

Make stops as necessary

Although making good time is a top priority, be sure to make a few stops on the way to get out and stretch your legs. Driving more than three hours in one go could be tough on kids. Plan ahead and integrate some pit stops into your expedition to keep yourself alert and refreshed.

Have your car inspected

If you’re going to rack up some serious mileage, it’s best to take your car into ATS Euromaster, where a professional will thoroughly check it over, top to bottom, and fix any problems. Proper tyre pressure, fresh oil and fluid will help make your journey miles smoother. Don’t underestimate the profound impact peace of mind can have on your overall holiday enjoyment.

Now all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the ride!

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