With international and regional travel considered unsafe or inconvenient, road trips have gained immense popularity over the last year and a half. These memorable trips with friends or family can be legendary, giving you a chance to let go of the stressors of everyday life. These are also opportunities to see new places, experience new things and eat great food.
Gumtree gives you the following tips and tricks for making every road trip the best ever!
- Plan an itinerary that allows you enough time to experience all the sights and sounds, without the need to constantly drive or travel.
- Ask everyone you are travelling with for their top two or three recommendations of places they would like to visit and add it to your itinerary.
- Plan out the budget of the trip, adding in essentials such as food, drink, lodging, activities, snacks, tolls, admittance fees and more.
- Ensure you are a member of or have contacted roadside assistance companies such as the AA or your car brand dealers in case of an emergency on the road.
- It is recommended to make reservations beforehand at restaurants, parks, or other landmark sites you want to visit.
- We cannot stress how important this is: ensure you carry out all the necessary inspections of your vehicle before the trip. This includes checking tyre pressure, oil and wiper fluids, brakes and more.
- Always store a pack of emergency items such as an inflated spare tyre and jumper cables. It is also essential to carry extra water, snacks, blankets and power banks for you and your family.
- Check all your documents such as drivers license and passports (if driving into another country) before you travel.
- Carry extra cash just in case credit cards are not accepted at certain places.
- Finally, pack the COVID essentials such as extra masks, sanitisers, wet wipes, and disinfectants to keep yourself safe.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local car and bakkie information close to home.