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One of the best things about learning to drive and buying a car is the freedom that it gives you. Yes, there’s a day to day freedom. You can go where you want when you want. You save time on your commute to work. You don’t have to worry about the last bus or working out timetables. You are free. But, there’s a larger freedom too. When you can drive, you can see more of the world. Your summer holidays can suddenly become wonderful adventures. You don’t have to fly to have a fantastic trip, and you’ll never have to worry about getting bags on to a train again. You can throw your luggage into the back of your car and hit the road. When it comes to driving experiences, whether you are taking a true road trip, with plenty of stops along the way, in an attempt to see more of your home country, or you have chosen to simply drive to your destination, nothing beats hitting the open road for a long and exciting drive in the sunshine.
But, while part of the joy of a long road trip is the spontaneity, there are some things that you should never be without on a long drive. Let’s take a look at some of the road trip essentials that you shouldn’t be without.
No one wants to think that they’ll breakdown, but unfortunately, it happens. Even with the appropriate car safety checks, and a service before you set off, there’s always a risk. Breakdown without cover and you could be waiting to be rescued, and find yourself facing an expensive bill. Get the Breakdown Cover, from GEM Motoring Assist who has won the Auto Express best breakdown cover award 2019 for the 7th year in a row, and you’ll be protected, no matter what.
Most of us rely on sat nav nowadays. We don’t look at maps or study routes, because we think our GPS will guide us. But, things don’t always work out that way. Your battery might die, you could find yourself without a cell signal, and suddenly your sat nav is useless. Study your route before you leave, but also pack a map, and you’ll never be lost.
Most things, we can do without, but water isn’t one of them. If you are stuck waiting to be picked up or repaired in the hot sun, in the middle of nowhere, you will need water. Pack a few bottles on all long trips.
A Basic Tool Kit
Breakdown cover is great, but sometimes you don’t need help. There are many car problems that you could fix yourself with the right tools. Make sure you’ve always got the necessary tools and that you know how to use them, and you could save yourself a lot of time.
A First Aid Kit
Another essential that many of us skip is a first aid kit. You might wonder what could happen in the car that you’d need one, but you never know. Nor do you know how far away from medical help you will be when it happens. Pack some first aid essentials, and you are better equipped to look after yourself.