With finances remaining on the tight side increasing numbers of British citizens are choosing to head off around the UK on a ‘staycation’ here is a guide to help you on the way.
A breakdown is the last thing you want is for your car to break down in an area that you are not familiar with. Ensuring that your car is serviced prior to your journey by a qualified mechanic can bring to light any underlying problems that may affect your journey and/or holiday.
If you don’t have any in place you should make sure that you take out a policy When you have a policy in place you will receive a certificate that contains your policy details and the relevant breakdown numbers should the worst happen. You should keep this certificate in your glove box in case of an emergency.
If you can’t share the driving role with someone else, ensure that you take a break from driving at least every two hours. Be sure to have a drink during the break and get some fresh air to keep your alertness up.
Keep an eye on the local radio broadcast for road updates, as well as checking a number of websites to keep ahead of any major traffic problems. Apps such as Google Maps and devices such as TomToms can show you almost real time traffic conditions on certain roads.
The early hours are a good time for starting your journey at the break of dawn will allow you to make fast progress on your trip, before the bulk of motorists take to the road. An additional benefit to setting off early is that you can enjoy half a day extra on your staycation holiday!
Keep boredom at bay by taking along some in-car activities for the kids. Something as simple as a colouring or puzzle book will keep their brains occupied and active, in turn preventing them from distracting you as you concentrate on the road.
If you are travelling for more than a couple of hours, it is a good idea to take along a cool bag with sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Service stations can be packed with unhealthy and expensive food outlets, so taking your own food along can save money and time on the journey. Consuming small snacks on a frequent basis on the road can also help to keep your energy and concentration levels high until you get to your staycation destination. Try and avoid large meals as these can make you feel tired and lethargic, which can make your driving dangerous.