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UK’s Best Road Trip Destinations

With summer approaching, many of us are already planning our holidays. However, if you are looking for something that is considerably cheaper than a two week holiday abroad, why not venture out of your comfort zone and take a road-trip around the UK? You will be surprised as to how many stunning landscapes you can discover whilst driving around the roads of our own fair countryside.

While it is good to explore the roads of our own land, being careful on the roads is also a vital aspect of careful planning for any road trip. Here are but a few of the best (and safest) road trip destinations in the UK:

The Lake District

Considered one of UK’s most idyllic destinations, The Lake District is situated in the North West of England. You will no doubt marvel at the stunning scenery such as Scafell Pike, which is the highest mountain in England. Plus, as the Lake District is a National Park, it contains clearly mapped out roads that are safe to travel on. So you can visit Ambleside, Keswick and Windermere safely.

Northern Ireland

The country roads of Northern Ireland are simply made for exploring due to their exquisite beauty. Northern Ireland is known for its road safety standards, and they ensure that all roads are as safe as they possibly can be, leaving you able to enjoy your journey without any hassle at all.

For example, if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can explore the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney, which represent the King’s Road in the television series. This avenue of beech trees was planted in the 18th century, and looks magnificent today. If Game of Thrones isn’t your thing, then Ballymoney isn’t your only option, and the drive between Newtonabbey and Cushendall provides great views of the sea.

 

Cumbria

The A686 between Penrith and Haydon Bridge is widely regarded as being among Britain’s best driving roads – and for good reason. It is known to be especially scenic during the summer months and is situated close to Northumberland’s National Park, offering those who are lucky enough to be travelling along it a spectacular backdrop and plenty of opportunity to break from their journey and take in the truly inspiring views.

These aren’t the only available UK road trips, but hopefully they will whet your appetite. This type of miniature holiday is perfect for those who like their trips to be cost-effective. With the sun shining as you’re gazing out of the window whilst driving along winding roads, this is sure to be a holiday of not only self-discovery, but also one of great enjoyment.

Preparing Your Vehicle for Wet Weather Travel

Despite the summer months drawing ever closer, we don’t seem quite able to say goodbye to the adverse weather conditions quite yet, and as such, ensuring your vehicle is prepared for the possibility of wet weather is crucial. As a result, whether you are simply making the daily commute to and from work, or are instead embarking on a lengthier journey than usual, it is essential to stay vigilant whilst on the road at all times.

Although it is often the preferred outcome of many to stay off the road entirely during such weather, this isn’t always possible or practical, and instead, other solutions must be sought to make the necessary journey safe. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind to reduce the outcome of an accident during particularly wet weather.

Take It Slow

Allow yourself more time than usual to travel, as it takes time to fully adjust to wet weather, and you may have to drive more slowly than usual in particularly wet areas. It is crucial that you do not drive through conditions such as flooding and severe hail, as these are more likely to cause an accident, or cause damage to your vehicle.

Accept Turning Back

Unless your journey is absolutely necessary, understand that there may be the possibility that you will have to forfeit your journey for another time if you feel the conditions might be too dangerous. If there are high winds, heavy thunderstorms and even lightening, traveling is a definite no-go, as it can lead to deadly driving conditions.

Prepare Your Vehicle

It may seem obvious, but giving your vehicle a regular check-up will help you judge whether if it is up for managing particularly wet weather. More specifically, checking tyres, window wipers and lights are key essentials to making sure your car is up to the standard required to handle such weather while driving.

Listen To Updates

Keeping up to date with current road works via radio and weather conditions is good way of judging whether or not your journey is going to cause issues. However, if you do happen to be already on the road then it is a good way of gauging which roads will be safer for your car to take.

While these are only a few tips on keeping safe on the road during wet weather, they should enable you to experience a journey that is free from anything too treacherous. So next time you are going on the road during such conditions, take these into consideration.