Road trips are a popular way to explore different locations and discover unspoilt landscapes off the beaten track. And with domestic holidays having gained popularity over the past couple of years due to the restrictions of the pandemic, road trips are sure to be the focus of many breaks this year.

There are many advantages to taking a road trip including being able to stop in various places, having all your luggage on hand in the car and the freedom to map out your own routes. But you’ll still need to do some careful planning and preparation.

We’ll take a look at the factors you need to consider when embarking on a road trip to make your journey as safe and smooth as possible.

Make sure you carry any spare equipment

Being prepared means packing for any potential eventuality and, unfortunately, a breakdown is one of them. Make sure you have a space tyre and a car jack should you suffer a puncture during your trip. Keep a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times and invest in an old-fashioned map in case of any sat-nav issues. Other useful equipment includes food and water, a torch, tool kit and entertainment for the kids!

Have your car serviced in advance

A routine check of your vehicle will ensure it’s in the best condition for your road trip. This includes oil, brake fluid, screen wash and water as well as tyre pressures and engine checks. Having your car serviced at regular intervals is the best way to keep it running smoothly and will give you peace of mind throughout your road trip.

Check the weight load of your car

Make sure you don’t exceed the maximum weight for your vehicle to maintain safety and keep within the law. Pack accordingly and leave non-essentials behind if it means you’re likely to risk being over the limit.

Carry the correct documentation

It’s important to carry your driving licence but, if you’re driving abroad or you’ve hired a vehicle, it’s vital that you keep your documents with you on your road trip. Make sure you have the correct insurance and keep a copy of your certificate and any breakdown cover with you in case of emergencies.

Wherever you’re travelling on your road trip, following these tips and being prepared in advance will help make your journey an enjoyable part of your holiday.