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Remember to get a summer health check to make sure your car is ready for the road ahead.
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Your Guide on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip in the UK

Your Guide on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip in the UK

  • Get a summer health check for your vehicle before setting off
  • You can inspect your tyres, as well as oil and fuel levels yourself
  • Pack clothing for all weathers, in case of rain
  • Plan your trip in advance, by checking available fuel and EV charging stations
  • Find your next car from Vertu Motors in time for your next road trip


The summer season is finally here, and many of us are planning a road trip around the UK. Whether you will be staying on the road for just a few days, or two weeks, we have created a useful guide to help you prepare for the journey ahead.

From car insurance and appropriate clothing to pre-downloaded playlists, we have got you covered. Continue reading to find out what you need to remember before you set off.


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How to prepare your car for a UK road trip


Prepare your car for a UK road trip

Before you start your journey, make sure that your car is fit for the road. You can get your vehicle booked for a health check and do your own checks at home.

At Vertu Motors, we offer a Summer Health Check for your vehicle, starting from £49,99. You can choose from a basic check to a fully detailed inspection, depending on your needs.

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You can inspect the following things yourself:

  • Tyres
  • Lights
  • Engine oil
  • Screen wash
  • Coolant level
  • Brake fluid


Take these essentials for the journey:

  • Car insurance paperwork
  • Travel insurance, if needed
  • Breakdown cover
  • Vehicle logbook (V5C)
  • Satellite navigation
  • Paper map, just in case
  • Chargers and cables


How to prepare for a UK road trip


What to remember before starting the ignition?

We recommend packing clothes for all weather conditions, as you never know when it might rain. Also, by taking spare clothes, you are well-prepared in case of any spills or stains!

Make sure that you have planned your journey in advance, by checking available accommodation, charging or service stations, and shops. In addition, if you are travelling with an electric car, it is good to be aware of the range the battery offers.

You can view all the available charging points ahead of your journey with Zapmap’s live charging map. By knowing how often you are required to recharge, there is no need for range anxiety.

Other things to do before you start your trip are:

  • Get your car cleaned
  • Make a playlist
  • If you are not the only one driving, add other people to your insurance as a registered driver
  • Buy water, food, and other essentials
  • If you are travelling with children, prepare books, iPad, movies, and other entertainment


Where to travel this summer?

Not sure where to head this summer? Read our guide to the Best Accessible Places to Visit This Spring 2023. These include the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour in England and Glenmore Forest Park in Scotland.

Other popular road trip destinations include:

  • Cotswolds
  • Norfolk Coast
  • Lake District
  • North Wales
  • Peak District


We hope you have found useful tips to help you prepare for your upcoming journey. For more interesting articles, visit our newsroom.