Things You Need To Prepare When Travelling By Road

April 17, 2013 Our Business

Things You Need To Prepare When Travelling By Road

by Benji Leggate

Going on a road trip may sound like a fantastic idea. But before you hit the road, it is important to plan thoroughly and

Things You Need To Prepare When Travelling By Road

Things You Need To Prepare When Travelling By Road

carefully. Whether your trip will take two days or two hours, and whether you are heading to the mountains or the beach, you should prepare ahead of time. A few simple checks will help you ensure a safe and pleasant road trip:

Prepare your car for the journey: You will want to ensure that your car is ready for the journey before you even start packing. It is a good idea to check tyre pressure, change the oil, check fluid levels and if possible clean your vehicle inside out. You should also make sure that there is emergency equipment (flares, jumper cables etc.) in the trunk or back of your car.

Take all your documents along with you: Make sure you have all your important documents with you when travelling. Check the expiration date of your driver’s licence, car insurance and licence plate sticker. Furthermore, you need to clear up any previous parking and traffic tickets before embarking on the journey.

Bring your own food: Obviously, you do not want to spend too much on food when travelling. So, pack your supplies and take them with you. Choose foods with a good shelf life and also take a cooler along. Not only will this help you save money, but also possibly allow you to eat healthier [unless all you are bringing is junk food].

Navigation and maps: Spontaneity is exciting, but you should at least have some kind of a plan in mind. Get a few maps and spend some time beforehand to plan your adventure. You will be better off investing in a portable GPS navigation device and programming your journey into the computer before going.

Bring along people whose company you enjoy: Good companionship can be the difference between an awesome and awful road travel experience. The longer the journey, the more important it becomes to choose the right people as you will be confined with them in a car for many hours.

In-car entertainment: It is possible to have portable gaming units, DVD players and MP3 players for every passenger in the car. There is plenty of space for that. But make sure not to forget about old-fashioned fun. See interesting landmarks, enjoy licence plate bingo, do a sing along or just talk to each other.

You do not have to worry about airline baggage fees or airport security checkpoints, but road trips still require a fair amount of preparation and planning. By following the above tips and advice, you are sure to enjoy your dream road travel.

Benji Leggate – Owner of The Margaret River Guide, visit the guide and read more on Margaret River Accommodation, in South West Western Australia and all other local attractions.

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