Road trips are continuing to gain popularity, with an increasing number of travellers opting to explore the countless highways and byways of the UK in search of adventure. While prepping for a road trip is without a doubt exciting, it is important to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the journey.
Not only do you need to carry out a number of checks that will reduce your chances of breaking down, but you also need to keep in mind that comfort (or lack thereof) can play a huge role in the success of your trip. Before setting off, set aside some time to give your car the attention it needs prior to a long journey.
Don’t underestimate the value of a luxury car
When you’re going on a road trip, you ultimately want the journey to be as comfortable as possible. While the family car that you drive every day will more than likely get you to your destination, a luxury vehicle will make the trip a lot more memorable.
Imagine journeying through the Yorkshire Dales in a lavish SUV with ample legroom, soft leather seating, and an impressive range of entertainment features that will keep even the busiest of bodies amused for hours at a time.
You are also likely to feel a lot safer when travelling in a luxury vehicle that sports the latest in safety technology. If you think that a luxury vehicle will make your road trip more memorable but you don’t own one yourself, consider renting one just for the duration of your trip.
Check your fluids and tires
Checking your fluids prior to embarking on a road trip is of vital importance, as the last thing you want to do is run out of oil, brake fluid, radiator fluid, and power-steering fluid along the way. Make sure all fluids are topped up, and check them at regular intervals, especially if your road trip is particularly long.
As your tires are paramount to safety, fuel efficiency and comfort, it is important to have them checked prior to your departure. Ensure that your tire pressure is correct and that there is sufficient tread to keep the car safely on the road.
Do some general maintenance
Apart from checking your fluids and tires, you also need to do some general maintenance on your vehicle to make sure you don’t break down on the side road. Check your brake pads to see if they need to be replaced, and do the same with the air filters.
Lights that don’t work are a severe safety hazard, which is why it’s so important to check your headlights, taillights and turning signals, and replace any burnt out light bulbs. Other things to have checked if you’re taking a road trip (and even for safe every-day driving) include your windows, windscreens wipers, belts, hoses and dashboard electronics.
Road trips can be great fun. As long as you make the effort to ensure your vehicle is road-trip-ready, you are bound to make countless memories while safely journeying along the roads of the UK.