An Irish Road Trip

If money is a little tight this year and you are feeling the pinch, one of the first things to go might be a holiday.

But you don’t necessarily have to go abroad to have a fantastic holiday, nor do you need to spend a great deal of money. A holiday at home in Ireland can be brilliant fun, especially if you go on a little road trip. Ireland boasts some fantastic scenery as well as some of the most interesting towns and cities around. You just need to find a few maps, do a little research and pick where you want to go.

When you have a route sorted you should do some pre-departure preparation before you go. Firstly you need to ensure that your car is ready for the trip. Take it to the garage and have a service if possible, but as a minimum you should check the tyre pressure, and oil and water levels. If your car isn’t suitable you could consider hiring a car for the trip. This will make the holiday more expensive but you should be able to get a good car which suits you more.

The next thing to consider is your car insurance. You may wish to share the driving amongst a few of you, in which case you need to ensure all of you are adequately insured to drive the car. If you currently have fully comprehensive insurance you may be able to drive another car and be insured. However it is likely that the cover will only be third party. The other option might be to add additional drivers as named drivers on to the car owner’s policy. However the main driver should always be the person who is principally insured. The best thing to do is to contact your car insurance provider and discuss the options with them; they should then be able to provide you with an insurance solution.

Finally make sure you pack well for the journey. You should have a warning triangle, first aid kit and high visibility jacket in the boot for if you need them. It is also worth getting breakdown cover just in case. Your current car insurance company may have offered this with the policy but if not you can purchase recovery cover separately.

Once you have planned your route, sorted the car and arranged the insurance you are then ready to go. Grab your friends and set off on your own road trip adventure around Ireland.