With summer quickly approaching it is getting to that time when we start to think about the holidays. More and more, South Africans are answering the call of the open road and we are exploring more of our own country. With vast sweeping landscapes that vary from arid desert to lush tropical coastlines, there are a multitude of places to explore behind the wheel of your car.
Road tripping is popular with young and old alike, and is a great way to spend family holidays. Variety and adventure await, and the flexibility afforded means that you can do what really interests you.
This guide will get you reared and up and ready to hit the road!
- Planning: While you don’t need to plan down to the last kilometre, it is essential to have a route in mind. Also bear in mind that some places are extremely popular during peak season so it might be a good idea to book.
- Mapping your destination: We live in a day and age where our lives are run by technology, and this extends to your travelling too. Gone are the days of map books, today we use Google Maps or GPS. This is all well and good when driving round a city, but just be aware that some areas don’t have reception or signal, so buy a backup road map just incase.
- Pillow Talk: If you are taking a long road trip always pack your pillow. At some point you are going to want to sleep and you may aswell be comfortable doing it.
- Padkos: One of the best things about a road trip is the snacks. It’s part of the ritual. Have a selection of sweet and savoury snacks on hand to keep the wolf from the door between stops.
- Water Wise: Make sure you stay hydrated. It can get very hot in the car sometimes, and drinking enough water will keep you alert if you are driving. But beware, there is fine line between keeping hydrated and having to stop every 10 km for bathroom breaks.
- Fun and Games: If you are road tripping with kids, have some activities planned to keep them entertained. They will enjoy the trip much more, and are less likely to get irritable if they are amused.
- Hit the brakes: Be careful not to speed. Not only are you likely to get fined, but it is very unsafe. The roads are much busier during the holidays so it is important to stick to the rules of the road.
- Stop!: Make sure you stop often to stretch your legs and to get fresh air. Driving can be tiring, and being tired behind the wheel can be very dangerous. Break for a meal and a change of scenery, and if you are too tired to drive, stop for a sleep.
- Take in the scenery: Enjoy your surrounds. Stop, often. Engage with the environment and the people. You will experience some amazing things travelling by car in the great country.
- Safety first: Finally, and most importantly, before you head out on your road trip make sure your car is in tip top condition. Chat to us at Group 1 Hyundai about getting your car checked for a road trip.
Wherever you go, remember to buckle up and be safe.