Since passing my driving test in February, I have been keen to jump straight into distance journey’s. I drove on the motorway to day after I passed my test because I didn’t want to psych myself out; I admit it was only one junction but I was very impressed with myself.
Before Saturday (22nd) the furthest I had driven was 18 miles which is only a 25 minute journey on the motorway. However, on Saturday, I drove 25 miles which doesn’t sound that different but trust me, it felt like a lifetime.
I was driving myself, my boyfriend and his two cousins to a nearby shopping centre and we had a great day! But before we left, I did some checks the night before and before we left as well to make sure the car was in order. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting for you guys to see what I did in preparation for this road trip.
I know this sounds quite stupid and obvious but check your petrol levels before you leave. You might think you’ve got enough petrol to get to your destination but if you get stuck in traffic, you’re going to waste a lot of your petrol.
A lot of drivers have a certain garage that they always go to because it’s close to home or it’s the cheapest in their area. If you’re not looking to stop off on the way, fill up beforehand, or if you don’t mind stopping off on the way, plan and search for a garage on your route so you’ve got somewhere available in mind.
Car Tyre Pressure
Making sure your tyres are safe and correctly inflated is key, because without this being right you’re not going to get very far. The correct tyre pressure for your car can be found in your drivers manual (each brand and style of car may be different.)
If you’re in need of some new tyres which some cars do over the years, there are affordable tyres in Milton Keynes (and other areas) which you can book through Point S.
I don’t know about you but I have to have certain things in the car whenever I’m driving anywhere. For me, I always worry that I’m going to break down somewhere or get lost – typical ovethinker but hey, that’s just me. My car essentials include:
a drink of some kind – preferably strawberry flavoured water
a snack of some kind
a phone adapter for the car in case I need to charge my phone if I’m lost