How to make long distance driving more comfortable

Whether you travel long distances as part of your usual working routine, or you have a UK holiday coming up that requires a lengthy trip, you’ll know just how important it is to make sure that your journey is as comfortable as possible. After all, whether you’re driving for business or pleasure, you want to do everything you can so you’ll arrive at your destination feeling relaxed and ready to take on whatever the day has to throw at you. Take a look at these tips for making sure your next long distance journey is memorable for all the right reasons.

Make sure your air conditioning is fully functioning

If you’ve ever stepped into a hot car that has been sitting in the sunshine for a long period, you’ll know just how uncomfortable it can be. It’s hot and clammy, and even the shortest of journeys can seem like a long trek through the Sahara. The solution here is making sure that your air conditioning in your vehicle is up to scratch by booking in a service. Cool Car can send a skilled technician out to your home, so it’s really convenient and straightforward, and your expert will make sure that everything’s working as it should be. With prices starting at just £59, it’s a small amount to pay for that extra comfort during the warmer months.

Plan plenty of stops along your journey

Regardless of how pleasant your car is to sit in for long journeys, a few hours behind the wheel are bound to leave you feeling tired and grouchy. The best solution is here to plan out plenty of stops before you set off. Service stations are the obvious choice here, but if you don’t fancy paying above the odds for a very average cuppa and a sandwich, feel free to get a little bit more creative. Pack a picnic and take a break at some natural beauty spots, or if you’re travelling with the family, make the journey part of the fun by pinpointing some pretty parks or points of interest along the way. Many sat-nav systems these days will help you to identify these opportunities along the way, so it’s never been easier to make your journey a more pleasant experience. The AA recommends that you take a break every two hours or so, so take this into account when planning your trip.

Always carry an emergency supplies kit

Let’s face it – most people know that they should pack some emergency supplies in their vehicle just in case the worse happens. In reality though, many people don’t have what they need, and this could be a disaster just waiting to happen. Before you set off on your next long distance journey, make an effort to ensure that you have everything you need. In practical terms, this is likely to include a first aid kit, a supply of water, some long-life snacks, a high-visibility jacket, and a torch. Don’t have the time to do it yourself? That’s no excuse! Many garages and sell ready-to-go kits that you can pick up for a reasonable price. The extra peace of mind that it will give you is invaluable.

For some people, long distant journeys will always be something that they’d rather avoid. Your existing commitments can mean that they’re totally essential though, so rather than dreading the trip, make sure that you’ve taken these positive steps to make the whole experience much more enjoyable. When you reach your destination feeling calm and collected, you’ll be very pleased that you did!

Simon Parker

Director & Partner of Cool Car Limited. Owners of and