It’s that time of year again. Time to pack up your friends, your family and your things and hit the open road. A road trip enables you and your family some much needed bonding time on your final destination. However, they can be extremely stressful and the perfect road trip needs suitable planning and research. This is where we come in. Here at Friday-Ad Motors, we have come up with the best ways as to how to have a successful road trip with you and your fellow roadtrippers! The journey itself can provide a number of potential obstacles and difficulties, so here’s a few things you should keep in mind before/whilst you travel.

Plan, Plan, Plan…
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The number 1 thing you MUST do before you go anywhere is plan your journey. As liberating and exciting as jumping in your car and driving somewhere without any idea of where your going sounds, it isn’t very productive and will only add stress and waste time. A handy way of planning your route is to use Triposo.

This nifty app is FREE to iPhone, iPad and Android devices, and it provides up-to-date international information with access to information on 8,000 different destinations and is incredibly accurate. An added benefit of Triposo is that an internet connection is not necessary to gain access to the guide or its number of extra features ranging from active suggestions to a currency converter.

On the other hand, if you decide to use your trusty sat nav or sat nav enabled smart phone it is advised that you use two simultaneously. The reason for this is because they can be temperamental at times, and may not always know exactly where you are. We are not saying that this is essential, but it is a definite recommendation to avoid you from throwing your sat nav out the car window in an angry fit of rage for getting you lost!

It also should be mentioned that you shouldn’t be afraid of adapting your plans if needs must. Be prepared to be flexible. This is because you never know what might be ahead of you when you’re out and about, you may run into some fun and exciting opportunities that you didn’t expect to encounter, so it may be worth to allow yourself some planned ‘free time’ within your schedule. This way you are being flexible, but you are also not straying too far from you original plans.

Decide on a Budget and Stick to it…

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Budget CatWe all know how extortionate petrol prices can be so we understand if you have some slight reservations regarding that aspect of embarking on a road trip. But don’t be so hasty. Driving somewhere instead of flying can save you valuable spending….if done correctly. This is not to say that there aren’t potential hidden costs that must be considered. Therefore, if you need some help managing your budget, it may be worth getting yourself a travel budget calculator. These enable you to list and categorise your potential spend on each part of your journey and helps you establish just how expensive your road trip might be.

Additionally, even the best of us can be tempted by a McDonald’s cheeseburger, but resist the temptation. These sorts of costs add up, and if you’re regularly visiting fast food outlets or food outlets in general, you will quickly burn into your holiday fund! Obviously if this has been included within your road trip then by all means go for it, get some McChicken nuggets while you’re at it, why not? Treat yourself!

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail…

Car PrepareOnce you have decided upon your destination, planned your route and established your budget, the next step is to prep your car for your voyage. The primary reason for this is for the safety of you and your passengers. As well as this, if your car is at its peak performance it will be more economical on the road and as result help you to keep the overall petrol cost down. Granted, it is difficult and  in some cases unnecessary to give your car a full service, but it is worth making sure that you have all the necessary tools to change a tyre correctly and obviously the spare tyre itself.

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Entertainment is Everything…

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Now that you have set off on the road trip of a life time, you’ll need something to pass the time whilst you’re on the road. Conversation can only get you so far before everyone starts doing their own thing. The obvious choice would be music but not everyone has the same music taste, especially if you’re travelling with kids, and unless you have a son/daughter that is talented with a musical instrument you’re going to have to settle for an iPod. An ideal way to approach this is to create a dedicated playlist that includes a mixture of everyone’s preferred genres, or if you fancy going down the old school route you can make a pre-mixed CD. Another way to pass the time is to play some family car games such as eye-spy and 20 questions. They occupy a lot of travel time and have the added benefit of encouraging family bonding!

If you’re travelling with little one’s, you don’t want to hearing the dreaded ‘are we there yet?’, and family car games and music can only get you so far. Therefore, you may want to include a few more methods to keep the kids busy. An easy way to overcome this is to give each child a pre-packed snack pack. This way you can control what your children are eating and preventing them from being tempted by the number of fast food outlets on route.

Don’t Forget About The Long Road Trip Home…

Road trip homeYou’ve had a lovely holiday away with friends and family, but sadly it’s time to head home. We all know that the return leg of your road trip isn’t quite the same and everyone is slightly more tired. However, you should still go through the same pre-road trip checks you did before you set off the last time. It will make the return journey a lot less stressful and you will find that it will fly by compared to the journey there.

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