Summer is finally here, and with that comes the important task of organising and booking your annual summer holiday. With various options to travel offering discounted seats and last minute deals, getting away has never been easier. However, if a week sipping cocktails on the beach doesn’t float your boat, we could have just the answer.
If you want to take charge of your own trip and start your holiday the moment you leave the house, a road trip around Europe may be just the option for you!
Ensure before you depart that your car is legally allowed on the roads and book an MOT for an annual check.
So, what route should you take this summer? If you want to journey through some of the world’s most impressive landscapes, Ring of Kerry, Ireland could be the road trip for you. Circling Ireland’s picturesque Iveragh Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry offers quintessential Irish scenery and an unforgettable journey.
If you’re seeking more of an adrenaline-filled drive you should try the Trollstigen, Norway. With a steep 10-degree incline and 11 hair-raising hairpin bends, the ‘Troll’s Path’, as its translated to in English, is one of Europe’s most winding roads. Trollstigen offers some of the most unforgettable sights and now attracts more than 2,000 cars every summer.
With all the excitement of planning your journey, it’s easy to forget the most important preparation, and that is, preparing your car.
Check your tyres
When it comes to checking your tyres, there are 3 steps you should take to ensure you’re safe on the roads, these are:
Tyre treads, it is a requirement by law that every tyre must have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm. Failure to adhere to this can not only result in heavy financial fines but you are also making yourself vulnerable to decreased vehicle control.
Tyre pressure, your tyre pressure levels are crucial, under-inflated tyres are a very common cause of tyre blowouts. Before undertaking a long journey be sure to head to your nearest petrol station and fill your tyres as well as your tank.
Spare tyres, if the worst is to happen you should make sure you’re prepared. Check your spare tyre for cracks and pressure to ensure it is in full working order should the need arise.
Pack your European road trip essentials
No road trip would be complete without packing your favourite sweets and snacks along with the all-important travel pillows, but don’t forget the essentials such as deicer, ice scraper, map, first aid kit and hands-free mobile phone set.
Make your road trip memorable for all the right reasons and prepare before you go.