Having a road trip is usually one of the most thrilling experiences you can have and give to your family. If you manage to organise it in a country as beautiful as Australia, chances are you’ll be able to see the things you can’t see anywhere else in the world.
Still, in order for an amazing trip to go as smoothly as possible, there’s a considerable amount of work and preparation. It would be irresponsible to set off without checking the condition of your car, making accommodation arrangements and contingency plans.
So, let’s take a look at some of the things you need to do before you actually start cruising down under.
One of the most important things is to make sure your car is ready for a long trip. A visit to your mechanic and a detailed inspection are definitely in order and you should be prepared to have the oil and filter changed if you haven’t done so recently.
Tyres are another important element to check. You need to check that they are within their wear limits and that the pressure is appropriate. The answers to any doubts about the state of your car or safety requirements, you can find here.
Aligning your wheels is one more thing you should do before you depart, particularly if you’re planning to do a bit of off-road driving or even used some unsealed roads. Needless to say, you should align them again after such a trip if you want to avoid having to replace the tyres quite quickly. Finally, if you are planning to rent a vehicle, make sure it comes with full insurance and road assistance.
Planning the route
All those who have been on a road trip at some point in their lives can confirm that one of the most important decisions to get right is the one related to planning each stage of the trip. Make sure you carefully calculate distances and driving times, so that you avoid fatigue, but manage to see all the sights you’re interested in.
You should also allow an extra day when you think you might be too tired to continue driving or simply to give yourself time to deal with something unexpected that might occur. So, choose the locations you want to visit and plan the stages of the trip accordingly, but don’t be too ambitious. If you’re finding this task difficult, you can use tools such as Google Maps to help you.
Update the maps and plan for the unexpected
If you’re using satnav, you need to update the latest versions of maps before the trip. It’s always a good idea to have a backup hardcopy of the map, just in case. You don’t have to print a very detailed map, but simply a single large map with major checkpoints.
When it comes to the unexpected, you should try to prepare for some problems, but hope they never happen. To begin with, you need some roadside assistance, car and travel insurance, as well as a first-aid kit. Also, make sure your phone is always charged and have a power bank with you in the car, in case you need to establish contact with someone. Additional food and water provisions are a must, since you might have a car problem somewhere far from any town and you might have to wait for help for hours.
If you’re travelling with children, you probably know what kind of entertainment works best for them. If they need some electronic devices, plan to have a double adapter in the car, so that more than one gadget can be charged. Finally, make sure you have all your favourite music with you, since you’ll definitely need it on a long trip.
If you do your homework well, you’ll minimise the chances of spoiling the trip completely and by doing that, you’ll greatly improve the chances of having a time of your life and creating unforgettable memories for everyone involved.