Be road trip ready

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

For a road trip smoother than a freshly laid highway, follow these simple tips.

Plan ahead

  • Make a fun itinerary that includes plenty of rest stops. Try to include something that will appeal to everyone in the car. If you're stuck for ideas, tourism websites are a great place to start.
  • Map out your route and purchase maps at RACV shops if necessary. Don't rely solely on GPS or your phone.
  • Book accommodation/camping/caravan sites.
  • Ensure you have the right insurance for your trip – including caravan and trailer policies.
  • Check your house insurance is up to date.
  • Have your car serviced or, at the very least, check the wiper fluid, brake fluid, oil, water and engine oil.
  • Organise someone to look after your house, pets and garden while you're away.
  • Let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return.
  • Planning a road trip in another country? Read up on driving overseas.
  • Check out these tips for travelling with children/friends.
  • Don't post about your holiday on social media - burglars love that information. Wait until you're home instead.

Keep your costs down

  • Save 5% on servicing, repairs and parts at RACV Accredited Auto Care Centres.
  • Need to hire a car? Save 15% on Thrifty car rentals.
  • Hiring a motorhome is a great way to save on accommodation. As a bonus, RACV members get 10% off Maui and Apollo motorhomes and Britz campervans.
  • Visit attractions that offer discounted entry to RACV members.
  • Save 5% on Woolworths WISH Gift Cards - you can then use the cards to buy fuel.
  • Organise travel insurance. Various types of insurance - and various discounts - are available through RACV.
  • Enjoy fabulous accommodation and a 25% discount at RACV Resorts in Victoria, Queensland or Tasmania.

Drive safely

  • Take regular breaks while driving. If possible, share the driving and navigating duties. Don’t run the risk of driver fatigue.
  • Driving a new car, or one you are unfamiliar with (such as a hire car)? Before you hit the road, ensure you know the basics such as how to pop the hood and the location of the jack - and which part of the car to jack up if you need to change a tyre. Remember to ask what kind of fuel the car uses and how to open the petrol cap – you'd be surprised how hard it can be to find the right button or lever.
  • Pack a first-aid kit.
  • Check your tyres.
  • Properly secure items to your roof racks or trailer.

In an emergency