Whether it’s a trip to the mediterranean from germany or a long drive along the world’s most beautiful roads in your vacation destination, long trips in a rental car can put the nerves of all vacationers to the test. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We have ten useful tips for you that will make even the longest car trip a lot of fun becomes!
Planning is half the battle
It’s hard to believe, but the question of whether your next road trip will be a solid or fiasco becomes, decides well before the start of the trip. Because as with so many things in life, planning is everything. Before you put all the sights and especially secret tips in the vacation country on your route, you should consider a few things. If you clarify these questions beforehand, there will be no nasty surprises:
- If you have to pay tolls on parts of the route?
- How fast can I drive abroad?
- Can I pay toll in advance?
- Are there any (halay) well developed roads?
- How far can I get in one day?
- Are there sights along the route?
- Where to stop for a rest or an overnight stay?
- When searching for offers, also check the ratings of the individual providers!
Choose the right car
Once you have decided on your route, it is essential to the right car choose for the trip. Of course, no one wants to spend too much money, but a trip of hundreds or even thousands of kilometers in a small car packed up to the roof goes quickly to the substance. If you want to spend a few euros more invested in a larger vehicle, end up traveling much more relaxed and getting more out of your vacation. At CHECK24 this is very easy; here you can simply select the class when booking the rental car.
Sleep for hours instead of seconds
banal but very important: get a good night’s sleep before your trip. Ideally, you should start your journey in the morning, when your body is at its fittest, and avoid driving at night. Others prefer to drive at night, because then there is usually less traffic on the highways and you get through faster. In this case, however, it is particularly important that the driver has had a good rest beforehand. But no matter when you finally start, the driver must have had enough sleep beforehand and must not drive overtired under any circumstances. You should take a break as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms that tell you your body has had enough:
- Burning eyes and heavy lids
- Frequent blinking and yawning
- Sudden shivering at a constant temperature
- Concentration problems, daydreaming
- Increasingly bad mood
- Inner restlessness, urge to move around
It’s easier to travel in a team
The better solution is of course driver change. By the way, you should already have take into account when booking your rental car. Because while some providers charge money per additional person driving, there are also many offers, where a second authorized person already included is. CHECK24 even has its own filter for this purpose.
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Attention: make sure that only registered drivers actually get behind the wheel. If someone else is driving the car and an accident happens, you could lose your insurance coverage!
The one or the other, the straight break makes, this really use it to relax. Pack a neck pillow (like in the airplane), a sleeping mask and earplugs. This way you can rest a little and the other passengers don’t have to sit by in silence.
Tip: with the so called ostrich pillow you have a mobile resting place on the road!
No K.O.-risk blow from cell phone
Not only the suitcase, but also the car needs to be packed properly. Make sure that your rental car is big enough enough, so that all the luggage in the trunk fits. This way you don’t have to sit cramped between bags and suitcases, and it is also much safer. Because at 50 kilometers per hour, objects and luggage that accelerate forward develop 25 times their own weight! A smartphone flying around (about 130 grams) will hit you with a force of more than three kilos, i.e. more than two full 1.5-liter bottles of water! Ouch! You can imagine what an unsecured 20-kilo suitcase can do.
Heavy luggage belongs therefore all the way down, all other things should also be neatly stowed away, when not in use. For combos the trunk may therefore also loaded up to the top of the rear seats at the most are. They serve as a protection in case of emergency. If you want to stack higher after all, you have to install a luggage net. These are often available as standard accessories for many vehicles. If you are traveling in a minibus, you should also pay attention to the following tension belts for load securing fall back.
cool and dry instead of hot and sticky
While there are plenty of places to stop at german freeway rest stops, this is not the case in every country. menus at rest stops and fast-food temples can also be expensive. A good alternative are snacks from home! But don’t pack just anything, because heavy food is especially hard on the stomach when you’re sitting for a long time. The proper travel provisions is varied, tasty, keeps you fit and above all is great to prepare. Tips for the ideal food on long car trips as well as on any other occasion during your vacation can be found here:
keep children occupied during long drives
Even if nature is one of the reasons for your road trip, consider alternative ways to look outside. by the way, this does not only apply to children. Besides classics like license plate guessing and „i see something you don’t see" adults can pass the time while movie quotes or song lyrics drive away. funny are also so called black stories. Here, a passenger presents the circumstances of a mysterious death and the rest have to guess what happened by asking yes/no questions. If you don’t want to make up the story yourself, you can buy books with ready-made stories in advance or google them on the internet.
For young and old alike, movies, music and video games. In the age of tablets and smartphones can also be enjoyed in the car without any problems. For longer distances, however, you should spare batteries, powerbanks or a USB charging cable pack for the cigarette lighter. If you travel with kids, you can magnetic or card games pack. But also paper and pens provide hours of entertainment, such as painting, cheese box or city, country, river play. Classic books or cuddly toys can also be small life savers.
The way is the goal
No matter how well you have planned your trip and prepared your car, regular breaks are essential. it should not only be about toilet stops, combine the stops rather with something exercise. Go for a walk and do some stretching exercises. This not only loosens up the tense muscles from sitting for so long, it also stimulates the circulation and prevents the onset of fatigue.
Strength lies in rest . And money!
Vacation time is unfortunately also frequent stowage time. By choosing your route and departure time wisely, you can avoid many problems, but heavy traffic, annoying tailgaters and notorious tailgaters can never be completely avoided. But instead of getting worked up about the stupidity of others and the time wasted as a result, you should take it easy on the vacation trip just take it easy. By the way, this also applies to the trip to the family over christmas or especially if you are driving in left-hand traffic for the first time in your vacation destination! Without deadline stress, it doesn’t matter if you arrive twenty minutes later! Instead, enjoy the view, turn up the music on the radio and cruise through the countryside in a relaxed manner.
Let’s get out of here!?
You have finally arrived at the destination of your trip, hotel, beach and sea are at your feet, but you can’t wait to get there where to put the vehicle? To ensure that your arrival does not degenerate into total stress after a well-survived journey, you should find out about parking possibilities beforehand. Is there parking spaces at the hotel and what do they cost? Are there in the surrounding area possible public places to park the car, from which you can walk to the hotel or take the bus. If you simply want to park your car in a side street, you should familiarize yourself with the parking regulations in the respective country beforehand.
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Who writes here?
Whether it’s a new flight route, bizarre traffic rules abroad or tips for a successful vacation: as online editor in the travel section of CHECK24, I’m responsible for news and blog articles on the topics of rental cars, vacations, flights and hotels. Since I was allowed to travel privately as well as professionally already crisscross through europe and the world, I can report much from personal experience.
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