Driving essentials for your next road trip
As the world begins to open up again, it’s important that we take the right precautions. This is not just in terms of social distancing, hand sanitiser and face masks, but keeping ourselves and others safe on the roads.
With summer approaching and restrictions easing, many of us will be hitting the road, either for a summer holiday or to visit friends and relatives that we haven’t seen for a long time. If you haven’t driven extensively for several months, then it’s important that you have the right equipment and personal items to hand to keep you safe and comfortable on the road.
Read on to discover our driving essentials for your next road trip.
We all know how dangerous the sun can be when we’re driving, and if you’re someone who wears glasses then struggling to see whilst the sun glares onto your windshield is a familiar scenario. Not only is this incredibly uncomfortable, but it’s also dangerous.
Before you travel, consider investing in a pair of prescription sunglasses to wear whilst you’re behind the wheel. With these stylish prescription options, you’ll be able to see more whilst driving, keep your eyes on the road, and keep your family or passengers safe. Remember not to store your prescription sunglasses in the car once you reach your destination, as the heat could warp their shape or damage the lenses.
A car audit
If your car hasn’t been further than the local supermarket for the last 12 months, then you’re not alone. Before you push your vehicle to complete a long, demanding journey you should conduct a quick audit to ensure the wheels, brakes, oil, water and tyres are in good condition. If you’re unsure of how to check these visit a local garage and have a professional take a look.
A breakdown kit
Having a breakdown kit in your car could mean the difference between getting rescued, or finding yourself stranded without help. Everyone should have an emergency breakdown kit available in their car. It should contain items including, jump cables, a properly inflated spare tyre, jack, wheel brace and tyre gauge, spare coolant, oil and windscreen wash, a list of emergency numbers and documents, bottled water and snacks, a torch, a blanket, coat and good footwear, a first aid kit and a high visibility jacket. You can purchase emergency kits or put one together yourself.
Whether you’re using your satnav, your phone or another digital device, remember to download the maps you’re using so you can access them if your signal goes down. Printing hard copies of these directions is also a good idea.
And finally, versatile clothing
You might be travelling in warmer weather, but the weather isn’t always predictable and having versatile clothing or additional items to hand will ensure you’re comfortable throughout your journey. A sturdy pair of shoes, a coat or jacket, hoody, comfortable leggings, shorts or jeans, breathable fabrics and something to keep you warm in case the temperature drops should be considered before you hit the road.