Planning a long car journey?

Are you planning a long car journey? Being properly prepared can save you a world of hassle and stress. Here are our top 10 tips for journey planning:

  1. Know your route in advance – use a sat nav, a route planner or a road atlas to plan your trip if you are not certain that you know the way.

  2. Make sure your car is prepared – check the tyres, oil and water and fill up the windscreen wash before you leave.

  3. Fill up – make sure you have plenty of fuel. It doesn’t make any sense to cut it too fine – what if you get stuck in a big traffic jam somewhere and run out?

  4. Clean out and declutter your car – make it as comfortable and pleasant to be in as possible.

  5. If you are not familiar with your car, make sure you know where the controls are – especially windscreen wipers, headlights, indicators and horn.

  6. Make sure your mirrors are correctly adjusted – well-adjusted mirrors will give you good all-round visibility, reducing your chances of having an accident./

  7. Mobile phone handsfree kit – if you may need to use your mobile, make sure you have a handsfree kit fitted and that you know how to use it.

  8. Consider taking comfortable shoes to drive in – this is especially relevant to ladies with high heels, but some men’s shoes aren’t ideal to drive in, either.

  9. Stop for regular breaks – don’t drive for more than 2-3 hours without a break. This will help prevent you getting tired too quickly.

  10. Make sure you have a supply of fresh air when driving – open the air vents in your car and turn the fan on – also consider having the sunroof or a window open a crack. Fresh air is one of the best ways to prevent drowsiness.

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