Travel | Preparing for Long Distance Car Journeys

Long distance car journeys

Last weekend I took my first trip to Cleethorpes to see Adam as he’s working down there for the next few months. When I arrived I was chuffed to see how central Adam’s apartment is to everything – including the seafront and a Wetherspoons! This was my first of many trips to the seaside town; I’ve already planned my next trip for a couple of weeks time. From Middlesbrough to Cleethorpes it is a 258 mile round trip which means I’ll have to take extra care on the roads and make sure my car is fit for the journey each time.

I actually enjoy long distance driving, I love stocking up on snacks and creating a spotify playlist to sing along to during the journey. In addition to the fun parts of planning a road trip, there are some boring but crucial parts to consider before you even get into the driver’s seat.

Check the necessities

It’s time to put those ‘under the bonnet’ questions from your driving test to the real test by putting them into practice. It’s so important to make sure your car is topped up with all of the relevant fluids and is going to be reliable throughout your journey. You can do this by checking the pressure and tread of your tyres along with the level of your oil, engine coolant, screenwash and brake fluid and topping them up if necessary. Ensure your lights are in full working order too.

Fuel

Make sure you’ve got enough fuel for your journey, I always like to set off on a full tank for my own piece of mind. I’d recommend filling up in a town rather than on the motorway as prices can soar dramatically. Try not to be risky with your fuel and make sure you fill up in plenty of time when your tank gets low. On my way to Cleethorpes I was on the M180 which had no service station for 27 miles so don’t leave it until you only have a few miles until empty!

Road conditions

Our road conditions can change considerably just by driving down the country. With an average of 156 days of rainfall a year in the UK, aquaplaning is something to be aware of. This happens when water builds up between your tyres and the road surface causing you to lose control of your vehicle. If you experience this, stay calm, keep your steering wheel straight, ease off your accelerator and brake softly. To prevent aquaplaning don’t drive too fast, avoid any sudden actions and check the condition of your tyres. Book your cheap tyres* today at Point S.

Take a break!

I know how tempting it can be to try and get to your destination without delays, especially when you’ve already been held up by unexpected traffic, but taking a quick 15 minute break could save a life. The Highway Code recommends you should have a break every 2 hours to stretch your legs and recharge yourself.

Taking care on the road is not only important for your own safety, but the safety of others too.

What are your top tips for travelling long distance?

Samix

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