Counting down the days until you get to take a break away?
The way the weather has been over the last few months and weeks, we can’t say we blame you.
If a fly-drive trip to mainland Europe is on the cards or if you’re taking the ferry across, you might find these top tips helpful.
Plan Your Journey
Make yourself familiar with Google maps in the days and weeks before you go. Identify if there’s any traffic black-spots that you might want to avoid, any toll roads you’ll have to account for or any roadworks that might cause delays. Make sure that your phone plan works abroad if you plan on employing trusty old Google maps. If you’re renting a car, it might be worth renting a ‘sat nav’ also. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when you’re in a foreign country.
Bring an Emergency/ First Aid Kit
From sun burn, to minor scrapes and scratches, it’s useful to have a small kit in the car to call upon. It’s also a legal requirement in some European countries. Some useful things to include in it are an instant ice pack, plasters, a high visibility jacket, a torch and a warning triangle.
Don’t Forget Your Licence
Make sure to bring your licence and a copy of your insurance with you. It’s worth checking with your insurance provider about what type of cover you have when abroad – is it comprehensive or only 3rd party fire and theft? You might have to pay a small fee for additional cover once you leave. Some companies limit your cover to a number of days or km’s from Ireland.
Familiarise yourself with Road Signs
It might be a while since you sat your driving test so there’s no harm consulting Dr. Google to find out what the most common traffic signs in your host country are, as there may be some you’re not used to.
Prep your Car
Most importantly, make sure your car is ready for the long journey ahead. If you’re planning on utilising the services of a rental, the good news is that this will already be looked after for you. If you’re bringing your own baby, the following things are important to check:
- Washer Fluid – you’ll need lots of this to wash away any dust from the dry roads
- Oil – to keep your engine running smoothly
- Tyre Tread Depth – make sure there’s enough tread left on them to last the journey – you could cover 1,000’s of kilometers quite literally
- Tyre Pressure – make sure all your tyres are properly inflated – this should lead to a smoother drive and more economical driving
- Lights – make sure all your bulbs are working as you might not be able to find anywhere to replace them when you’re away
If you have any other questions or queries, our team of mechanics will be more than happy to help!