Taking a road trip during the autumn months can make for a very memorable experience. Travelling by car through the UK during the autumn means that you'll be able to see lots of stunning scenery, especially when you're driving through areas that have rolling hills, vast fields and plenty of trees. Planning your road trip when the trees are turning various shades of gold and orange can definitely make it one of the most beautiful drives you'll ever have through the UK. However driving long distance in autumn doesn't come without its risks so we've put together some top tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable adventure.
Preparing Your Route
Before you set off, making sure that you have your route, or at least a rough idea of where you’d like to go, mapped out is essential to keeping stress to a minimum and avoiding situations such as getting lost when on your journey. Google Maps
is a great tool for road trip route planning, and you can either print off your route on paper before you set off, or use the smartphone application, which is available for both Android and iOS handsets. It’s also a good idea to incorporate parking and overnight stays into your route. For more information on reserving parking spaces beforehand, see Your Parking Space
Preparing Your Car
Driving long distance in the autumn can be particularly risky for your car due to the drop in temperature. Since your car
has been mainly driven in warmer temperatures over the summer months, getting it checked over at a garage beforehand could be a good idea and will definitely give you more peace of mind when you are driving. Before setting off, it’s essential that you ensure that your car is in good working order, with no faults when it comes to things such as the electrics and lights. It’s also vital to make sure that essential engine fluids, such as oil, water, and windscreen wash, are fully topped up.
What to Pack
When it comes to packing for a long road trip, the kind of things that you take will of course depend on what you plan to be doing on the trip in the way of activities, and how long your journey is expected to last. However, when it comes to packing, there are some essential items that you should definitely take along on any autumn road trip. For example, taking in-car chargers for your smartphone and other electronic devices can be useful when it comes to always having access to your GPS such as a TomTom
, and some basic car repair items, for example a spare tyre, are also essential. Along with that, it’s also a good idea to take along some healthy, nutritious and energising snacks
for you to eat whilst driving to keep your focus and concentration high.
Taking a UK road trip in the autumn can be a great experience that you’ll never forget. But, it’s important to plan beforehand to ensure that it’s enjoyable.