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Travel Tips For Every Kind of Road Trip


By PPSL / Cars / Jul 13, 2017


While travelling has certainly been made easier by budget flights and homestay rentals, nothing quite beats a classic road trip experience. From getting your loved ones together for the trip to planning the route and scenic stops, every mile of a road trip is one you'll remember. To help you plan for your next road trip, here are some good-to-know travel tips for quick getaways or longer breaks. But even the best laid plans can go awry, so take it in stride and let these road bumps add flavour to your road trip memories!


DAYTRIPPER: 1–2 DAYS

It may be just an overnighter, but if long-distance driving is in the plans, be sure to bring your car for a quick inspection and servicing. Do this one week before your trip, so you'll still have time to fix any budding auto problems. Since this is a short trip, you wouldn't want to waste precious hours getting lost or stuck in traffic. Make an early start, research the places you'd like to visit and their opening hours, and check traffic conditions to determine the best time to depart on your trip. If you're making an impromptu trip to hunt for durians or to hit the beach, pack light and dress right for wherever you're going. Prepare essentials such as sufficient foreign currency, a power bank for your phone, and other handy items like water, sunscreen and bug spray.


WEEKENDER: 3–5 DAYS

The basics of road trip planning apply here as well, but in greater detail. If you're travelling with friends or family, keep everyone in the loop. What is the planned route? How long is the drive? Which scenic spots are we stopping for? Remember to respect everyone's opinions because it is a shared holiday after all. Setting the right pace is important for everyone to enjoy the road trip. Agree on some ground rules such as departure time, stop duration, and driving limits. Book your accommodations in advance and don't leave it to chance that you'll find available rooms when you arrive. Well-rested travellers make happier memories! Whether you're travelling alone or with a group, watch what you eat before and during the trip. An upset stomach and frequent bathroom breaks will only sour your road trip, not to mention everyone's holiday.


SIGHTSEER: 6–14 DAYS

Longer road trips of this extent typically take place in far-off destinations or even off the beaten track. Do your homework on the kind of area where you'll be driving. Winding coastal roads or countryside lanes? What is the local weather? Have you had experience driving in these conditions? When you're driving for long distances and in an unfamiliar place, it's vital to ensure your car is road-worthy and serviced. Check all your car's fluid levels, test the brakes, and ensure the spare tyre is properly inflated. It's also a good idea to have a tool kit, a first-aid kit, and emergency snacks in the car. Being prepared takes half the stress out of driving in a foreign place. Now that you have the luxury of time, why not take the more scenic route? Enjoy the scenery, stop by interesting sights, and pause for a few photographs. You may be tempted to pack extra for a long trip, but stick to the rule of packing light on any road trip. Not only will a lighter load save you fuel, you'll also have more space for souvenirs!


ADVENTURER: 15–30 DAYS

Once you've progressed from Daytripper to Sightseer, road trips near and far are now yours to conquer. At the adventurer stage, one road trip journey can even see you covering a few countries! So, ensure that you're insured and licensed to drive internationally, and familiar with the local traffic laws. While you plan to be on the road for extended periods, you'd still want to maintain some connection with people back home or at work. Check with the local service provider about data roaming fees and coverage. If you bring electronics such as your laptop, be sure to have a travel adapter. You can even live the travel blogger life and keep your loved ones updated on your road trip! Keep a list of the local authorised car service centres at hand, in case of roadside emergencies. On the same note, always have a local map in the car as backup because your car's GPS may not be as dependable, especially in remote areas. Even a road trip veteran should always remember to practise safe driving habits and good car security on the road.


Bitten by the road trip bug yet? Indulge your wanderlust with AUTOVENTURE driving holidays organized by Automobile Association of Singapore (AA). They offer iconic driving trips to exciting destinations like Japan, Australia, South Korea, and more. Find out more at https://www.aas.com.sg/events-activities/autoventure.html


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Travel Tips For Every Kind of Road Trip


By PPSL / Cars / Jul 13, 2017


While travelling has certainly been made easier by budget flights and homestay rentals, nothing quite beats a classic road trip experience. From getting your loved ones together for the trip to planning the route and scenic stops, every mile of a road trip is one you'll remember. To help you plan for your next road trip, here are some good-to-know travel tips for quick getaways or longer breaks. But even the best laid plans can go awry, so take it in stride and let these road bumps add flavour to your road trip memories!


DAYTRIPPER: 1–2 DAYS

It may be just an overnighter, but if long-distance driving is in the plans, be sure to bring your car for a quick inspection and servicing. Do this one week before your trip, so you'll still have time to fix any budding auto problems. Since this is a short trip, you wouldn't want to waste precious hours getting lost or stuck in traffic. Make an early start, research the places you'd like to visit and their opening hours, and check traffic conditions to determine the best time to depart on your trip. If you're making an impromptu trip to hunt for durians or to hit the beach, pack light and dress right for wherever you're going. Prepare essentials such as sufficient foreign currency, a power bank for your phone, and other handy items like water, sunscreen and bug spray.


WEEKENDER: 3–5 DAYS

The basics of road trip planning apply here as well, but in greater detail. If you're travelling with friends or family, keep everyone in the loop. What is the planned route? How long is the drive? Which scenic spots are we stopping for? Remember to respect everyone's opinions because it is a shared holiday after all. Setting the right pace is important for everyone to enjoy the road trip. Agree on some ground rules such as departure time, stop duration, and driving limits. Book your accommodations in advance and don't leave it to chance that you'll find available rooms when you arrive. Well-rested travellers make happier memories! Whether you're travelling alone or with a group, watch what you eat before and during the trip. An upset stomach and frequent bathroom breaks will only sour your road trip, not to mention everyone's holiday.


SIGHTSEER: 6–14 DAYS

Longer road trips of this extent typically take place in far-off destinations or even off the beaten track. Do your homework on the kind of area where you'll be driving. Winding coastal roads or countryside lanes? What is the local weather? Have you had experience driving in these conditions? When you're driving for long distances and in an unfamiliar place, it's vital to ensure your car is road-worthy and serviced. Check all your car's fluid levels, test the brakes, and ensure the spare tyre is properly inflated. It's also a good idea to have a tool kit, a first-aid kit, and emergency snacks in the car. Being prepared takes half the stress out of driving in a foreign place. Now that you have the luxury of time, why not take the more scenic route? Enjoy the scenery, stop by interesting sights, and pause for a few photographs. You may be tempted to pack extra for a long trip, but stick to the rule of packing light on any road trip. Not only will a lighter load save you fuel, you'll also have more space for souvenirs!


ADVENTURER: 15–30 DAYS

Once you've progressed from Daytripper to Sightseer, road trips near and far are now yours to conquer. At the adventurer stage, one road trip journey can even see you covering a few countries! So, ensure that you're insured and licensed to drive internationally, and familiar with the local traffic laws. While you plan to be on the road for extended periods, you'd still want to maintain some connection with people back home or at work. Check with the local service provider about data roaming fees and coverage. If you bring electronics such as your laptop, be sure to have a travel adapter. You can even live the travel blogger life and keep your loved ones updated on your road trip! Keep a list of the local authorised car service centres at hand, in case of roadside emergencies. On the same note, always have a local map in the car as backup because your car's GPS may not be as dependable, especially in remote areas. Even a road trip veteran should always remember to practise safe driving habits and good car security on the road.


Bitten by the road trip bug yet? Indulge your wanderlust with AUTOVENTURE driving holidays organized by Automobile Association of Singapore (AA). They offer iconic driving trips to exciting destinations like Japan, Australia, South Korea, and more. Find out more at https://www.aas.com.sg/events-activities/autoventure.html


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