Driving holidays are increasingly popular, as they offer you a more direct way to take control of your vacation. All you do is pack your car up and go off on an adventure. Before you set off though, what key things do you need to ask yourself?
Is your car going to be reliable?
It’s essential before setting off that you give your vehicle a thorough once-over to ensure it’s going to be reliable. Make sure it has reasonably clean oil and topped up fluids. You might want to carry spare oil/water/washer fluid with you just in case. For complete peace of mind, you might want to take it to a mechanic, explain you’re going on a long journey and have them give your vehicle an inspection. It also makes sense to check the condition of your tyres and replace them if necessary.
Do you have a clear idea of your route?
An itinerary is important on any vacation, but particularly a driving one. Be sure you know exactly where you’re going, and in what time you need to be there. Plot your routes ahead of time, and be sure to have backup maps just in case you fall out of GPS range. Think about what kind of terrain you might be encountering, and ensure your vehicle is capable of driving it safely.
Have you got appropriate car insurance cover?
You need to make sure your full coverage car insurance covers you for driving internationally, if that’s where you intend to take your vehicle. Many policies don’t have a standard contingency for international breakdown and recovery, but it’s worth taking out before your trip to give you complete peace of mind. Even if you intend to travel only domestically, it’s worth making sure that your car insurance policy is up to date and that you’re fully aware of what allowances it provides you. As your vehicle is going to be your primary method of travel through your vacation, it’s essential you have the proper coverage to rely on if something happens to go wrong.
With a little key preparation ahead of time, you can enjoy a fantastic driving vacation either domestically or internationally.