With the current restrictions on travel abroad changing regularly, the demand for staycations in the UK is on the rise. It’s been reported by Travel News Daily that 15 million more summer breaks in the UK could boost tourism spending to the tune of £3.6 billion.
Whether it’s a secluded weekend break for two, a local attraction with the family or a city break with friends, living in the UK boasts some great holiday destinations all within a couple of hours' drive. With driving holidays, you won’t need to worry about:
- There will be no dealing with overcrowded airports.
- Remembering your passport
- Freedom to use your own car
Being able to load the car up with essentials and your loved ones is one of the great joys of holidaying at home. Safe in the knowledge that when you get there, you won’t need to pester the locals by asking where the bus station is or ending up in the middle of nowhere.
But before you leave, it’s worth checking that your vehicle is safe and will protect you and your loved ones. We’ve put together a checklist for you to use to make sure that this staycation doesn’t turn into a holiday nightmare.
- Tyres - Check that there is enough tread and that the pressure is set correctly according to the manufacturer's instructions. If your car still has a spare, check its condition.
- Fluids - Check that brake fluid, engine oil and screenwash levels are topped up and ready for your road trip.
- Brakes - For a small fee, a garage will gladly inspect your brakes. In some cases, it is completely free.
- Lights - Enlist the assistance of another person for this one. Check the sidelights, dipped beams, main beams, fog, brake, reverse and hazard lights are working. Don't forget about the right and left indicators for the front and back.
- Breakdown Cover - Don’t let your holiday be ruined by a flat battery or a puncture and that’s before you leave the house. Breakdown cover gives you peace of mind should the unexpected happen. Make sure you save the Breakdown Helpline on your phone ahead of your journey. What if you are not covered? Then give us a call and we can offer a great deal on Breakdown Cover - call 0800 581 103.
- Licence and Insurance Documents - Make sure you have your driver's license and insurance documents with you. If you need car insurance, get a quote here.
- Mobile Phone Charger and Power Bank - Most cars now have USB ports that allow you to connect and charge your phone from the dashboard. It may also be worth having a portable power bank to carry, just in case.
- Sat Navs - Check for software updates on your Sat Nav. If you are using your phone via Google Maps or Waze, then check the apps for any updates.
- Road trip munchies - keep water and some snacks in your car. The last thing you want is to be stuck in traffic, gasping for something to eat or drink. And no road trip is complete without some hard boiled sweets (red ones are our favourites).
- Take a break - taking regular breaks, even for shorter journeys, is advisable. And come on, who doesn’t love a service station? Our personal favourite is Leigh Delamer on the M4.
Once you’ve got ten ticks off your list, then you’re all set to go. You’ll be there before you know it. In the meantime, keep your eyes on the road and if you’re a passenger, don’t be a back-seat driver. Nobody likes a back-seat driver. Sit back and enjoy the scenery!