The scenic roads across Australia are pretty much boundless. There are so many great places to visit and experience, which is why long road trips are inevitable. It may take long hours of travel time, but you will surely appreciate the picturesque sceneries along the way with plenty of fun activities for all.
Think about the fine beaches, cooking your own dinner, listening to great travel tunes, sitting around a campfire, and a watching dramatic sunset unfold right before your eyes.
For those long driving hours, travelers should prepare, seriously considering all the many possibilities that might happen on the highway. On the other hand, preparation and planning for a road trip in big OZ are truly exciting–after all, road trips are adventurous way to experience Australia.
This planning and driving guide will provide useful tips and suggestions for when you are on the open road and traveling:
Where to Stay?
First, decide where to stay during your trip. Should you book ahead? You have three options when it comes to organizing your accommodation. Either you book several days ahead, book before you leave, or don’t book at all.
Your hotel bookings will depend on what type of road trip plans you have arranged. The best recommendation, if you will be staying at more than one or two places, is usually to make reservations ahead–particularly if you have picked a popular tourist destination.
During peak seasons such as holidays and student vacations, popular destinations are expected to have hundreds, may thousands, of visitors. So, it’s wise to book in advance to avoid the unnecessary hassle while you’re on vacation.
Travel Maps & Navigation
Traditional maps can still be useful while traveling. Detailed map books may be ‘old school,’ but these actually work best in some situations. A few of them are also combined with an accommodation directory.
Get hold of a detailed map of the town you are visiting in the local tourist shops. This will accurately illustrate and point you to all the must-visit attractions of the location.
Additionally, there are several excellent GPS or satellite navigation brands and models that are available today. GPS machines are extremely functional for finding locations when you are in a new place. Choose the latest model since they provide accurate and updated information regarding locations and detours.
Reliable Car Rental
Aside from navigation, flights, and hotel reservations, a car hire is also a crucial part of arranging your vacation in Australia.
Nowadays, travel companies offer affordable packages that allow you to save money with each reservation you make. After just a few reservations you will have some spare money to pay for a reliable vehicle for your road trip.
Car Care and Safety Driving Tips
The roads are usually more crowded during special holidays. Here are a few driving tips to ensure you have a blissful and safe trip.
- If you’re feeling tired from driving, take breaks every after an hour or two.
- If possible, share driving duties with friends.
- Night driving is strongly discouraged, as well as driving in the early morning.
- Complete rest is necessary. Sleep at least 6 to 7 hours.
- Keep cool beverages and snacks with you in the car. Munchies are essential on every road trip.
- Always check the condition of your vehicle. Ask a mechanic to check tire pressure, brakes, and fuel.
When it comes to tires, check on the tread because that’s the one responsible for traction, which can prove useful on wet and slippery roads. Align and balance your tires as well because a tiny imbalance at high speeds can cause too much vibration and increased fuel consumption.
Make sure that you are seated comfortably when driving. Long road trips can take a toll on your back and lower body. Your car’s seat cover should not only be aesthetically pleasing but should provide adequate support to you while you drive.
Car Rental Tips Before and After Using
- Ensure that the car hire company gives you a phone number in case of emergency. You can also reach out to the staff for other questions and concerns while you are on the road.
- Return the vehicle on time. Extra charges may apply for an overdue rental.
Be prepared. Something can always go wrong, but if you’ve made crucial preparations and follow these useful tips, you’ll have safety and convenience on the road.
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