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Preparing Your Car for a Road Trip

Whether you’re hitting the road for a weekend break with the kids or making plans for visiting family over the Christmas period, you’ll want to make sure your car is road trip ready before you set off.

In today’s post, the car experts from Citygate are bringing us their top tips for travel this autumn – helping you keep your car in peak condition and offering advice on how to stay safe while you’re out on the open road.

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As drivers, we’ve become increasingly reliant on Sat-Navs and smartphones to get us from A to B, choosing to put our trust in tech rather than traditional road maps or our own memory – but what happens if your device runs out of battery while you’re on the road?

In-car phone and Sat Nav chargers can be your lifeline when covering long distances – keeping your devices fully powered to help you through the course of your journey. Alternatively, you can charge your tech the night before to ensure that all important devices are fully charged before you set off.

Stock up on snacks and songs

No road trip is complete without a playlist. If you’re travelling with children, ask them to think of some songs they’d like to add. This will get them excited about your trip and also keep them occupied during long car journeys.

If you’re travelling for more than a couple of hours, you’ll want to make sure your car is stocked up with plenty of refreshments. Opt for sweets and crisps rather than chocolate, as this often melts and can create a mess in your car – and don’t forget to pack plenty of water to keep yourselves hydrated!


There’s nothing that ruins a road trip quite like your car breaking down and having the whole family waiting around by the side of the road. Find out if your car dealership offers roadside assistance and ensure you add this onto your package. This way, you can hit the road safe in the knowledge that, even if any unexpected bumps occur, you’ll still arrive at your destination.

If you’ve been worried about your brakes, car battery, clutch or any other part of your vehicle, have this checked out ahead of your road trip.

With your tank topped up on and the sweets on standby, you’ll be ready to tackle any road trip this autumn!

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