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1. Plan a Scenic Route
There are quite a few UK roads you should avoid when planning a road trip. Being stuck on the M25 for hours is a very good reason to stay away from London and, in general, motorways are not your friend unless you need to get from A to B quickly. Instead, look for the smaller roads that go through areas of outstanding natural beauty. And if you want to stop off in a major town or city, work out where the attractions are and use yourparkingspace.co.uk to check where the most convenient car parks are.
The best road trips follow scenic routes away from the main transport networks. A good example of a very scenic route is the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland, but feel free to make your own route that takes in the kind of scenery you enjoy.
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2. Be Realistic about Mileage
Road trips inevitably involve lots of driving. That’s the nature of the beast. However, spending eight hours a day stuck in a car is hardly very entertaining, no matter how attractive the scenery is. Instead, incorporate pit stops at key locations, and don’t forget to include a rest day or two. You can also add a little extra interest to your journey by picking up a passenger via lift sharing website like gocarshare.com, this will also mean you’ll save money on the petrol costs.
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3. Be Flexible
Having the freedom of a car means you can be flexible at all times, so if you fancy taking a detour, it won’t be a problem. It is sensible to book your accommodation in advance – airbnb.co.uk is a good option - if you are traveling during the peak holiday season, but don’t be afraid to change your plans if necessary. After all, the whole point of planning a road trip is that you don’t have to rush!
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4. Snacks and Music
If there are two things you need for a road trip, it’s snacks and good music. Before you set off, make sure the car is loaded up with a stack of CDs or an iPod containing your favourite power ballads or your choice of tunes. Next, fill some bags with enough snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy. That way you can cover more miles if you fall behind schedule.
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5. Check Your Car Before You Travel
It is sensible to check water, oil, tire pressures, etc. before you set off on a long road trip. Breaking down on an isolated stretch of road in the middle of the Scottish Highlands won’t be much fun, so make sure your vehicle is roadworthy before you start your journey. Breakdown cover is also a very sensible purchase before a road trip.
Road trips are tremendous fun, so give it a try and if you decide you love the freedom of the open road, you can start planning longer trips into Europe!