Many people do not like long journeys by car. No wonder, it is usually associated with boredom or, on the contrary, with many stressful situations in the car and on the roads. However, you only need to plan it well to make it a real pleasure.

Route planning is the basis of

Before you start your journey, plan your route carefully. Contrary to appearances, it does not have to be the shortest way to go. If you have more time, you may want to plan a sightseeing tour along the way and, if necessary, stay overnight.

Where to start?

Planning should begin with a map where you can see the entire route. This will give us an idea of what options we can choose. Simple paper maps are very helpful here (it is worth carrying them in the car when for various reasons it is not possible to use electronic navigation). Web maps are easy to identify, with many showing possible bottlenecks and traffic congestion. Don’t forget to refresh your digital maps – you need to download updates to our navigation systems and GPS.

Once a route is initially set, it is time to check that there are no obstacles. A visit to the GDDKiA website or a telephone call to the 19 111 helplines will allow you to check where major renovations are on the main roads (national roads and motorways).

Car preparation and packaging

A trip is not just a route. Usually, the car is packed to the brim, and if the passengers are also children, there is usually a lack of space. On the spot, it turns out that half of the things are completely unnecessary. Therefore, let us pack things in a well thought-out way. It is equally important that luggage is properly distributed in the car. The heaviest part is placed on the underside, preferably on the rear axle. Position lighter objects higher.

Let us remember that we must have easy access to an extinguisher, a warning triangle or a pharmacy. Reflective documents and vests are carried in the cabin. Store all the loose items you like to carry in the cabin in a locker or trunk. A bottle of water or cola can become lethally dangerous during sudden braking.

What do you need to check before you can start?

Before we go on the road let’s check the condition of our car. Brakes, lights, audible signals, fluid levels (including windscreen washer fluid) must be checked and, if necessary, repaired and refilled. Take spare bulbs and washer fluid as well. Nothing is as annoying as the splashed windows, because the liquid has just run out and the petrol stations on the horizon are not visible.

Let us not forget about air conditioning, which is very useful in the hot season. However, we should remember that we should not set the temperature too low, as this may result in a cold.

Good positioning of seats and headrests, especially for the driver, means not only more comfortable driving but also less fatigue. A correctly adjusted seat reduces the risk of injury in the event of sudden braking.

Breaks maximum every 3 hours!

As the journey will be long, breaks will be necessary. They should be done every 2 – 3 hours. The driver should devote several minutes of rest to short gymnastics (squats, mileage, inclinations). This will restore proper circulation, reduce fatigue and improve concentration. Such gymnastics will also be useful for passengers.

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