Top Tips For Planning A Safe Road Trip

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Summer is always a time of exciting getaways and holidays – whether abroad or just in your own backyard. Easily one of the most popular summer holiday ideas is to go on a road trip – and what better way than with all your favourite people to your favourite places. Road trips are a great option for those who are trying to remain budget friendly – if you camp along the way rather than staying in hotels, it can vastly reduce the cost of the trip. But how else should you prepare for a road trip? Did you know that distracted driving can reduce your response time? Check out a fun game about that very thing here. You can also check out some information about how GPS use on phones has actually increased phone use while driving. Scary right? Don’t run afoul of these problems while on the road. Here are some of our top tips for preparation and staying safe

GPS/SAT NAV

It goes without saying that one of the ways you will probably be getting around includes the use of a Sat Nav or GPS. These days though, the traditional Sat Nav has become less and less popular as GPS is available through almost any phone. Sat Navs and GPS use is common when it comes to driving, and it’s increased cell phone use while driving, resulting in more dangerous potential distraction while on the road. One of the best ways to still use GPS but not be distracted? Use a holder of some kind attached to the dashboard. This should help keep your eyes on the road and your hands off the phone, avoiding distracted driving.  

Car Prep

Car prep is another important aspect when it comes to making sure you stay safe while having fun. Car prep can involve getting the brakes checked, the tyres balanced or getting an oil change. After all, you don’t want to be stuck somewhere with a bad tyre in the middle of nowhere, right? Always better to be safe than sorry. 

Packing

Packing up the car will depend entirely on where you go. Are you heading to the mountains? You will want to be sure to take some warmer clothes as even in the summer it can be cool in the hills. Likewise, if you’re looking for someone to go hiking with, take this into consideration when you plan your packing gear – you will want boots, sticks and maybe a day pack of some kind to carry snacks and water. Planning to camp along the way? Don’t forget that tent and sleeping gear – you will sure miss it if you forget it, and you will have to shell out for potentially expensive hotel rooms instead!

The Route – With Alternatives

Finally, one of our top tips is to plan out your route in advance, with some alternatives in mind in case a road is blocked or closed or you simply find you can’t get to a specific place. It’s always a downer if you get to a turn off and find you can’t go further, so be sure to look in advance. Oftentimes, Google Maps actually have road closures announced, so this could be a good tool to use to plan your route. 

So there you have some of the top suggestions for staying safe while planning and embarking on a road trip. Road trips are time honoured traditions with family and friends and allow for a whole lot of autonomy when it comes to getting around, picking your sights and the like. Enjoy!

 

How to Bag Some Bargains When You Go Traveling

One of the biggest issues that faces anyone who is looking to go traveling around the world is money and the more of it that you have, the better you can travel. With this being said, us travelers in the main are not the richest in the world and instead we need to either find a way to make money as we travel, or ensure that we are on the lookout for a bargain, both if possible. Today I want to focus on the bargain hunting side of things and here are some ways that you can save money whilst you are on the road.

Credit Cards and Loyalty Schemes

One of the biggest ways in which I save money on the road is through the use of my American Express Platinum card, a card with many benefits and discounts which I love nothing more than taking advantage of. You must be careful when you are using a credit card on the road as there can be the temptation to spend more than you actually have. The best way to use your credit card is to use for things that you would have bought anyway with cash, use your card, pay off the balance each month and collect points and privileges that you can use for hotels or flights.

Using the Internet

Not only can you find plenty of discounts and cheap tickets online for a wide variety of activities and experiences, you can also use it to find out plenty of ways in which to save money. If you check out TripAdvisor for example, you will see alternative ways of visiting places or landmarks, without having to pay through the nose. There is a great community online of people looking to save money and you can greatly benefit from this.

Off-Peak Wanderer

Something as simple as changing the dates that you are going traveling can save you a great amount of money. Make sure that you research well about your destination so that you can avoid peak season, a time of year where everything more expensive. Unless you have a need to be in a certain place on a certain date, I would urge you to travel off-peak as much as you possibly can. Doing this will not only save money, but ensure that the location is quiet and enjoyable.

Connecting Flights

Assuming that you are not in a rush to get to your destination, you could save a lot of money on your flights if you are prepared to take a few connections and add some hours on to your travel times. I have saved up to 50% off direct flights in the past by going to a different country first and connecting and you can too. Check out websites such as Kayak where you can search for flights to your destination, the longer and cheaper way around.

How do you like to bag a bargain when you are on the road? Let us know in the comments section below this post.