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Five things your car will need on a road trip

Updated September 29, 2015

Taking a road trip can be one of the most exciting ways to travel. As long as you make all the right preparations, you can visit some of the most wonderful places on the planet.

 

The very basic thing you need is the vehicle itself and depending on the types of climates and terrain you plan on travelling the choices can be easy or difficult.

 

For instance, if you are intending to do a lot of off-road work you’ll need a sturdy vehicle and there are plenty of Land Rovers used cars to choose from. Whichever kind of vehicle you need, every car will need certain things when preparing to undertake a road trip and here are the top five.

 

1. A service

 

The last experience you want on a road trip is to be stranded at the side of the road in an unfamiliar location. Reduce the risk of this happening by having your car serviced before you leave. That way, you can be confident that vital parts are in top condition – thus reducing the risk of accident.

 

2. Protection

 

Following on from the above, it’s important that you make sure your car is protected against the worst-case scenario. This means investing in breakdown assistance to get you out of any emergencies and checking your car insurance to ensure it covers you for the type of trip you plan to undertake. This is especially important if taking your car abroad – so check your international cover before departing!

 

3. Maps

 

Even if your plan is simply to start at point ‘A’ and finish at point ‘B’ you will need maps to let you know where you are at any point. Of course a good sat nav is something that many people now find an invaluable tool but for some the ‘old school’ way of navigating just adds even more to the charm of the adventure. Having a back-up map is also handy for times when your sat nav is out of charge or unable to locate satellites.

 

4. Supplies

 

Along with maps, your car also needs to be packed full of supplies for the adventure that lies ahead. This means stocking up on food and drink to help keep hunger at bay as well as in-car entertainment and music. This is especially vital if travelling with younger passengers who may get distracted easily.

 

5. Emergency equipment

 

Make sure you’re able to get your vehicle out of a tight bind by packing a few pieces of emergency equipment. This should include spare fluids to top up your car if it runs low as well as a tool kit containing a torch. A spare wheel is another essential inclusion – just make sure you know how to change it correctly and practice a roadside repair before leaving.

 

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