Top travel tips for your road trip


Top travel tips for your road trip

I have recently started driving again and love it. I have a few road trips planned and I would love to do a road trip around USA one day. Are you planning a road trip this summer? Road trips are great way for people with a disability to explore a different area in their own country or abroad.

Whether you’re following a route in the UK or driving further afield, make sure you’re well-prepared with our tips on staying travel safe on your road trip.

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Check your vehicle

Prepare your vehicle for long distance driving. Make sure your car’s fluid levels are topped up, your brake pads are in tip-top condition, lights are working and your tyre pressure is correct.

Notify your insurer

Your motor insurance policy may require you to notify your insurer if you are driving abroad, so check in case you need to let your insurer know. Some motor insurance policies have a maximum number of days that they will insure you for when driving abroad.

Plan your route

Knowing where you’re going is really important, especially if you’re going to be driving through unfamiliar places. Keep safe on your road trip by checking your route beforehand and anticipating trouble spots – GPS devices will keep you on the most efficient route but it pays to have a sense of your journey. Look out for places where you can stop if you need to take a break or pull over in an emergency, and find out where the nearest garage is in case you need to refuel. If you’re travelling with a passenger who is ill or has a disability, find out where your nearest hospitals are in case of emergencies. 

plan your route

Learn the rules of the road for the country you’re travelling in

The road traffic rules abroad are different to the UK’s Highway Code. For example, many countries outside the UK drive on the right-hand side of the road as opposed to the left. To avoid a road traffic accident, take time to learn the rules of the road wherever you are going to be driving, before taking the wheel.   

Keep your documents safe

Whether you’re planning a road trip in the UK or abroad, check to see if you have your most important driving documents to hand. Paperwork such as your driver’s licence, proof of car insurance and medical contacts can be kept in the glove compartment for easy access. If you’re involved in an accident, you’ll be required to show your eligibility to drive and to exchange details with the other driver involved. Often your insurers will provide you with the form you need to fill in if you are involved in a road traffic accident in Europe, so speak to them before you set off.

Carry emergency supplies

Make sure you have everything you need to stay safe on your road trip. Don’t forget to pack emergency supplies including a first aid kit, torch and a bottle of water, along with snacks and warm clothes to keep you comfortable.

In some countries there are requirements as to what you should have in your vehicle. For example, in France, there is a requirement that you have a reflective jacket in the car in case your vehicle breaks down and you have to wait beside it.

If you’re travelling with a disability, there are certain items you won’t want to forget. Remember to pack medications first and put them in a secure place where you have easy access to them. If you’re planning on being in the car for a while, you’ll want to pack all of your essentials, as well as extra pillows and heat pads for chronic pain.   

For more information on preparing for a road trip, download our road trip packing checklist.

Drive carefully

Keep yourself, your passengers and other road users safe by driving sensibly. No matter what country you’re planning a road trip in, remember driving etiquette – stick to the speed limit, be aware of pedestrians and cyclists, and don’t drive too close to the vehicle in front. If you’re feeling tired, pull over in a safe place to rest or let someone else take the wheel. 

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Take regular breaks

Taking breaks is essential for keeping you alert and safe on a road trip, especially if you’re driving for long periods of time. Make the most of your road trip by scheduling stops to enjoy the scenic routes and explore different towns you haven’t visited before. If you’re travelling with limitations, allow yourself breaks to take medicine or to stop to stretch your legs and back if you are physically able to.

Bring a map

While it’s perfectly normal to rely on GPS, it’s always a good idea to carry a map in case you’re out of range or you have a problem with your technology.

Remove distractions

Stay safe on your road trip by limiting the amount of distractions in your car. If you need your mobile phone for GPS, make sure you can use it hands-free. Also, let the passenger take control of the music and anything else that is likely to distract you from driving.  

What are your top tips for staying safe on a road trip or on any other type of holiday?

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Top travel tips for your road trip


2 thoughts on “Top travel tips for your road trip”

  1. Interesting article. I would also like to add that your traveler’s experience is an important factor. Lead the more you make those things easier for you in the future.

  2. I just recently discovered your blog and I want to thank you! This blog posting is the most helpful one I have read yet. On most of the other blogs that I have read, the tip is all very repetitive and not very descriptive. Many of your tips I have not heard of and are the kind that one would only figure out through pure experience. For someone with not that much experience travelling, but with a desire to do so soon I found all of these travel tips extremely helpful! Thank you!

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