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Chloe Martell

August 31, 2018

Driving advice 4 min read

If you’re thinking of squeezing in one last adventure before heading back to work or school, why not make the most of the time left and head off on one last road trip? We want to make sure you’re prepared before you set off so whether you’re travelling a short distance or across the country, follow these tips to make sure you’re all set to go!

The essentials

1. Don’t forget your driving licence

Sounds silly, but you should make sure that you carry your licence with you every time you hop in the car.

2. Note your insurance details

This might not be something you’d necessarily consider taking with you on a road trip, but it’s always a good idea to carry details of your insurance with you when you’re driving – especially if you’re a long way from home. It’s also essential if the car your driving isn’t yours – that way you can prove you’re covered should you be stopped.

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3. A map… on paper?

Ah yes, before sat navs, there were big old books full of maps and roads that quite frankly, I have no idea how anyone understands and yet still – they can come in handy. If you find that your sat nav is out of power, this trusty (and somewhat oversized) map can make sure you still get to where you want to go.

4. Change it up

There is nothing more frustrating than getting to where you want to be and realising you can’t scrape together the change you need to pay for parking. Whilst a lot of stations now have the option to pay on your phone or with a contactless card – it’s one less thing to worry about if you know you’ve got a pocket full of change.

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5. Food glorious food

…and drink! Stock up on water and snacks for your journey. There’s nothing worse than a hungry, grumpy passenger is there? Remember; even if you have stocked up on goodies, you may still need to stop at the services for a quick rest and loo break!

6. Check it over

If you’re heading out and relying on your car to get you there, you want to make sure it’s in tip-top condition before you set off. Check out our car maintenance tips and give your car the once over before you go! It’s better to find any problems in your driveway, and not the motorway!

Let me entertain you

1. Sing along

One of the most essential things on a road trip, I think you will agree, is music! Spend some time before you go creating the perfect playlist for you and your friends for some serious karaoke moments!

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2. Charge it up

You can’t use your phone whilst driving, we all know that – but in this day and age, our phones can lose charge even when we’re not scrolling through Facebook. If you need your phone in an emergency, you need to make sure you’ve got the juice. Carry your phone charger with you (seriously, like you’d forget it) or even a portable charger.

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By Chloe Martell

'As a new driver, I'm so eager to share my driving journey with you all - from when I was a learner, going through my test and all the aspects of my driving life now, including my love of cars!'  See more posts by Chloe

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