Monday, 22 July 2019

7 Tips For Driving a Long Journey

Never in a million years did I think that I would be driving from Bourne to Edinburg. From 5 hours of driving with pitstops to going on the motorway - I did it. Go me! Driving can be daunting, so when I decided to drive this journey, for me, I knew it would be a big deal.

I passed my driving test back in 2016 and it took a while for me to become the driver that I am today. Anxiety would kick in giving me belly aches and even panic attacks, so it took some time for that to go away and of course, I still get a little apprehensive when driving in new places though I totally believe in time that this makes you a better driver. Driving distracts you and it helps a lot with my anxiety, you're focusing on a lot of things meaning you're no longer thinking about that anxiety problem, and it's gone for the time being.

I have noticed that I have to drive with music on - I find it very hard to drive in quiet for some reason and after doing this journey I now wanted to share some tips that have helped me and will hopefully get you out of your comfort zone.

Plan your trip for a week or two

Your sat nav will be your best friend this journey BUT do not totally rely on sat navs. I find it's important to look at the journey for a good amount of times before you drive off. Luckily, I found someone who put them driving from London to Edinburgh on Youtube, and this helped me a lot. You can see the journey from a different perspective and have a good plan of what the journey will be like.

Check your car is in top shape

You will never know what could happen when driving so it's super important to check your car, especially for long journeys. I luckily got my car for an MOT before the journey, but still checking the tyre pressures, oil and water before you head off is vital. Also, plan ahead for fuel and with is being summertime too, why not check my previous post on dangers of driving in the summer.

Focus on nothing but the road

Having pit stops is important for long journeys, you will feel fresh and ready to hit the road for the next hour or two. On the way back from Edinburgh, I was very ill,  and I was throwing up before leaving though I still made the choice of driving whilst being ill - I would highly NOT recommend this. It wasn't an easy journey at all.

But also have entertainment

I don't mean play charades as that would not be a good idea. Having someone with you, talking to them and having music in the background really helps. For the journey, my friend was with me who was sooo much help, and I don't think I could've done it without her! 

Sit up straight

As I am small I have to be really close to the car and then I slouch meaning my neck would ache like a bitch the whole journey. It has taken me some time to learn how to sit up straight then I forget and I am back to square one with an achey neck. It's something I am definitely trying to work on.

Take your time

I always remember what my driving instructor told me, and it was to never rush whilst driving. Taking your time still gets you from A to B. I hate people who tailgate or overtake when it is not needed. As long as you're doing the speed limit forget what the knob heads are doing and if someone wants to overtake, let them do it. As long as you're being safe that is all that matters.

Have water

It was absolutely boiling when I was driving and luckily I had Harry's car with amazing air con, my car is dreadful, and I definitely think I would've melted driving in that. Having water along the journey really made the difference and though yes, you may need to pee more, being hydrated is a must.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I really hope it helps for whenever you're doing a long journey, and if so, let me know how it goes!



laurajessicadixon said...

Great tips and well written. I'm glad I saw this today. I try to drive as safely as possible. I rarely speed. But I do have those days where I'm rushing because I have anxiety and I'm late. You've motivated me to sort my angry driving out. Thank you :) glad you made it safely xxx

bella said...

Great tips lovely x

Lucy Mary said...

One thing that does happen to me on long journeys is an achy neck, I do need to try and sit up more often! These are great tips as I am doing longer driving journeys now! xx

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A Nerdy Roman Catholic's Journey said...

This post has great content and has a great voice!

Majeang said...

Ooh well done you for making the journey! I haven't driven in years but the urge to drive is getting stronger

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