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08 June 2021

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Make Sure You're Roadtrip Ready - A Handy Guide From Startin Group

As temperatures begin to rise, staycation season will soon be upon us. With 4 in 5 Brits (84%) planning a UK break this summer, we know that many people will be setting out on a road trip. As with any long journey, it’s really important to make sure cars are in the best possible condition, and can deal with whatever the trip might throw at them.

To make sure your vehicle is in the best shape possible, here at Startin Group Worcestershire we have created the ultimate road trip guide. With invaluable vehicle and travel tips, it’s sure to help you get the most out of your summer journeys:

Do The ‘Big Three’ Checks Ahead Of The Journey

There are three key checks to do before you set off. Tyre pressure, washer fluid and engine oil levels should be monitored before any long trip. Many car owners especially forget to check their engine oil levels, which is vital to keep internal parts moving as they should. If the oil level in your engine drops too low, it'll stop working efficiency and could even lead to significant engine damage.

Maintaining the correct tyre pressure will also help to extend the life of your tyres, improve vehicle safety and maintain fuel efficiency. Remember to always consult your vehicle handbook for the correct tyre pressures, fluid, and oil levels as each vehicle is different!

Bring The Fun

A key part of any road trip is ensuring that the fun never stops. This is often difficult on long car journeys, so why not avoid the 100th round of ‘I Spy’ by bringing travel board games for your passengers? Crosswords or Card Games are a great way to pass the time and inject some competitive spirit into your journey. If not, you can always rely on the trusty electrical gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets, or portable games consoles to bring fun to the journey!

As well as games, make sure you bring in-car snacks too, to keep your passengers fed and happy throughout the journey. From a full picnic to crisps and sweets, it’ll be sure to maintain the energy levels throughout your trip. If you  find a nice spot to park up and chillout whilst you have your snacks, even better! It's also important to stay hydrated and alert so drink plenty of water, especially on a hot  summer's day.

Remember To Pack Well

Perhaps the most obvious of all is making sure you’re packed for your destination! What would a summer road trip be without the luggage, bikes and snack bags that are essential for a summer day out. Squeezing everything in can be a challenge, but our range of vehicles here at Startin Group Worcestershire have been designed with space in mind.

From roof-bars to bike-racks, our host of innovative space-saving features will ensure your road trip has everything you need, and our aftersales departments also offer a range of accessories to make packing a lot easier for you and your passengers!

Choose Your Destination!

According to a recent study, Cornwall is among the most sought-after destinations in Europe for road trips. With 78 boards dedicated to the county on social media site Pinterest, the picturesque coast has also seen a surge in Google searches, with a 50% increase in people searching for ‘Cornwall’ from January 2021 to March 2021. With that in mind, here at Startin Group Worcestershire, we have pulled together a list of the UK’s best road trip routes, so why not try visiting some of the following spots on your summer journey:

Wild Picturesque Wales - Route Distance: 50 Miles

 Explore some of the UK’s most stunning scenery with a drive through Snowdonia National Park and out to the Menai Strait. Starting at Betws-y-Coed, head west past Swallow Falls and into the heart of Snowdonia. Outside the park, take the scenic route via Caernarfon, before heading over the water to explore the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.

 Peak District National Park - Route Distance: 40 Miles

 Why not take a tour through one of the country’s most beloved national parks, the Peak District. Start in Glossop and head into the Pennines via the famous Snake Pass. A small detour to the south-west will take you to the Blue John Cavern, a cave system that’s ideal for an exciting alternative to rambling. For even more of a thrill, take to the skies with Derwent Valley’s cable car.

 Atlantic Highway - Route Distance: 77 Miles

The A39 is a long stretch of road in South West England, running between Bath to Falmouth. A particularly picturesque part is from Barnstaple in Devon to the Cornish seaside resort of Newquay. Just a short journey from the road are breath-taking views of the Atlantic as you pass through Bude, Camelford and Wadebridge. Active groups will love walking and cycling through North Devon’s Adventure Coast.

The UK’s Route 66 - Route Distance: 516 Miles

For the ultimate summer road trip, why not venture up to Scotland to enjoy some of the UK’s most spectacular vistas. Starting and ending at Inverness Castle, The North Coast 500 goes via Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats and Dornoch. Plenty of adventurous opportunities exist on route, with surfing, canyoning and diving all available to beginners.

If you are interested in finding out more information about how to keep your vehicle fully maintained or any of the vehicles or services we offer, make sure to contact one of our brand specialists here at Startin Group Worcestershire, your local dealership in Worcestershire, we’ll be happy to help!