10 tips for tackling a long road trip

By now, if you're not on holiday, you've only got a few days left to cross off the calendar. What is certain is that you have already chosen your destination and planned your luggage (or almost). In case we can help, here are 10 tips for a long road trip.

The second half of July is starting. Statistics show that, along with the first half of August, this is the Spanish people's favourite time of year to go on holiday. The same figures show that our preferred means of transport is the car and that we drive an average of 500 kilometres to reach our destination. Adding these three variables together, it is the ideal time to review these 10 tips for long journeys from Goodyear:

1. It doesn't matter how far you're going.

Whether you're travelling from Germany to Italy, from Denmark to the south of France, or from Madrid to Valencia. What matters is that you have everything prepared, that your car is in good condition and that you travel safely.  

2. Be prepared.

 Always check that you have packed everything, that you have left your house under control and that you have arranged for friends or family to collect the mail and feed your pet. All this avoids making stressful calls while driving or having to turn around. A list also helps.

3. Be rested. Never underestimate how physically exhausting a long journey is, especially on unfamiliar roads or in heavy traffic. Drivers should be well rested and fully aware of their surroundings during the journey, but rested passengers also help reduce stress in the car.

4. Luggage. Think twice about what you are taking. For example, a beach umbrella may seem important, but if it overhangs the passenger area of the vehicle it may be worth buying or renting one at your destination.

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5. Research your route. A little planning about driving time, roads to take and possible stops will greatly reduce stress in advance.

6. Drive in sections. All road safety agencies recommend that long journeys be divided into driving segments. Stopping at least every two hours helps the driver's concentration. Eating light meals and drinking plenty of water avoids that feeling of saturation and tiredness you get after a heavy meal. Remember that not drinking is as dangerous as being drunk at the wheel.

7. Take turns driving. If possible, find a driving partner and take turns until you reach your destination. This allows each driver to rest and increases concentration.

8. Check your car's tune-up. A breakdown in the middle of a long journey can quickly turn into a stressful and costly nightmare. Check fluid levels, brakes and tyres in particular. Here are the five things to check on your car.

9. Check the tyres. That your tyres are in good working order is also important for a safe and comfortable journey. Not only check the tread on your tyres, but also make sure they have the correct tyre pressure to match the needs of a fully loaded car. Make a note of these four clues that your tyres are no longer serviceable.

10. Download a safety app. Goodyear offers a road safety app designed specifically for European holiday journeys. It includes useful tips on local traffic laws, regulations and key language phrases to help you when faced with a range of problems on the road. It is available for download for both iPhone and Android.


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