Is there a better way of exploring the UK than getting in a car and driving across the country? We would say not – it gives you the opportunity to see the magnificent, changing scenery, get up close and personal with the extraordinary cultural differences that exist from county to county, and gives you full control of where you want to go.
So it’s not a question of why you should go on a UK road trip – it’s more about how you do it. And we intend to answer that question for you today.
Make no mistake about it, a Great British road trip can be an incredible experience, but if you fail to plan it could quickly turn into a nightmare. You might think you know this country, but when you are stuck on a little A-road in the middle of nowhere, with no idea of where to go, it’s going to be unpleasant at best. So, decide on the places you want to visit, and always consult a map to sketch out a route. Don’t rely on Sat-Nav alone, as you never know when technology might fail you.
Where to stay?
You will also need to start getting in touch with hotels, B&Bs, or even start contacting people on Airbnb. You can pitch a tent in a variety of places, too, but make sure your route doesn’t take you into private or prohibited land. Also, bear in mind that the UK weather is an ever-changing beast, and you can’t rely on the summer months to be free from rain. Keep your options open, in other words.
Check your insurance
If you are driving the length and breadth of the country, you need to let your insurance company know. If you exceed your annual mileage limit – the standard figure is around 10,000 miles – you might invalidate your claim. And given the UK road system amounts to over 245,000 miles, you can see how quickly you might overstep the mark. So, update your current provider or look for cheap car insurance quotes that allow you a few more miles on the clock. You might end up paying a little more, but if your vehicle breaks down, you won’t regret it.
Beyond the basics, there isn’t much you need to take with you, other than your clothes, devices, and any medical necessities. However, it’s a simple question of comfort – and safety. Wet weather gear will be essential, even if you leave in the beating heat of high summer. Don’t forget about taking plenty of device chargers with you, too – and some things to do for the kids if you are taking any little ones along for the ride. Regarding safety, it’s worth forking out on a good first aid kit – you never know when an accident might happen. Finally, invest in a good roof box. It will free up a lot of space in your car and keep everyone comfortable – just don’t forget you have one when going under one of the nation’s many low bridges!