Many people have a genuine love of the open road and consider themselves to be excellent drivers. This type of person will often view the journey itself as important as the destination when going on a trip and will enjoy all time spent behind the wheel.
For such driving enthusiasts, a family holiday is not a simple case of going to the nearest airport and getting on a flight to a faraway destination—they would much rather prefer to drive to the destination in their own family vehicle and stop at interesting sights and locations on the way there.
If this sounds familiar, it is likely that you would enjoy planning your own family road trip. As summer is now here and the school holidays have begun, it is the perfect time to decide where you would like to visit. In this article, some key tips for planning the ideal family road trip will be explored.
Invest in essential vehicle equipment
Firstly, it is of paramount importance that your vehicle has suitable equipment to undertake the journey effectively. Many people will tow a caravan when going on a road trip as this will provide a place for the family to eat and sleep both during their journey and once they reach their destination. However, it is vital that your vehicle has a suitably strong and well-designed towbar to pull the caravan. If you have a Ford Transit as your main vehicle, search online for a detachable Transit custom towbar that is designed to pull caravans easily and safely.
Modern towbars are easy to attach and remove from your vehicle and should give an indication of the maximum load that can be pulled. Choose a towbar that is from a reputable manufacturer and is backed up by positive customer reviews from users.
In addition to a towbar, consider adding a roof rack to your vehicle, too. This will free up space in the back of your car or caravan and will make for a more pleasurable and comfortable journey.
Before any long road trip, it is wise to have your vehicle subjected to a mechanical inspection and to ensure that it has been fully serviced. Whilst this may cost a fair amount of money, the money spent here will reassure you that any mechanical faults will be unlikely during your trip. Put simply, a road trip can be ruined if you find that your vehicle needs urgent mechanical attention, as you will have to search for a local mechanic and may experience delays that force you to change parts of your trip at short notice.
Use a navigation system to plan your route
As a final key point, it makes sense to plan your road trip route thoroughly with the use of a navigation system. This will allow you to gain precise estimates of the times for each stage of the journey and will give you a better idea of when you will need to stop for the night along your route. If you have a smartphone, consider using the Google Maps application instead of a dedicated navigation system. This app will provide live traffic updates that can alert you to traffic accidents on your route, thus saving you time and frustration.