(By Kirsten Mccroskrie/Skyscanner) There is something extremely exciting about the prospect of hitting the road with a group of friends- it’s an amazing feeling to head off, (and to paraphrase Jack Kerouac) with nothing behind you and everything ahead of you. But of course when there is the potential for an adventure, there is also a high chance that something could go wrong.
From forgetting your map to ending up in prison we reveal the nine things NEVER to do on a road trip and how to prevent unpleasant situations from occurring – follow these tips and we can guarantee you’ll have amazing time, well, apart from all the leg cramp and arguments over who called shot-gun.
1. Leave home in a rush
Ok, so you have decided to embark on a spontaneous adventure… great! How very ‘Hollywood’ of you. But before you jump in the car, give yourself an hour (at least!) to make some plans. Map out a rough idea of where you are going perhaps? Or even just give yourself a chance to pack the necessary items and of course find the time to lock up the house. Sorry for spoiling the fun, but surely a bit of forward prep is better than driving for hours only to realise that there was a way cooler route in the opposite direction or that you’ve left your contact lens solution in the bathroom and the front door wide open?
2. Leave the wrong person in charge of the playlist
Without being overdramatic, your playlist is without a doubt the make or break of a decent road trip. Don’t pass on the responsibility of making the playlists, mixtapes, and CD choices to someone whose own collection consists of three Greatest Hits albums and a film soundtrack. It could mean the difference between cruising down the motor way singing along to some amazing anthems or bumbling along some country road with one person humming along to the same Carpenters album on repeat and everyone else trying not to die a little on the inside…perhaps that’s a little harsh, but you get the idea.
3. Binge on coffee
It’s an easy mistake to make. You start to get tired from those endless hours on the road and pull over at a motorway café and binge on caffeine. Less than an hour later half the car needs a toilet break and so on and so forth. Too much coffee also makes you weird and jumpy, which definitely makes being crammed into a small car with other people especially trying.
4. Take the wrong sort of vehicle
Five of you in a Corsa driving from Aberdeen to London is never going to end well. Remember to consider the length of the journey and number of people. Think about hiring a car if your own isn’t suitable – it will also make it easier for you to split costs and driving responsibility.
5. Be a boy-racer
Speeding is an obvious no-no. But there are several other elements of the boy-racer persona that should generally be avoided for safety reasons (and also to stop you looking like a massive loser). Don’t rev your engine at people (especially at traffic lights) – you just don’t know how other drivers will react. Don’t shout at people out your window either – it’s never cool. And especially don’t think your car can do tricks. No 360 spins or abrupt breaking. Something will end up getting broken – your car being the least important of those things.