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Published October 24th 2012
Make like Thelma and Louise
The road trip has been around for as long as we can remember and has come into its own as a popular travel option for Australian holiday-makers. Love it or loathe it, it's an experience most of us will have at some time in our lives. Epitomising adventure and flexibility, you can choose your own course and explore towns you've only ever seen on a map.
Whether it's hitting the coast with friends, venturing inland to a picturesque camping spot, or taking a romantic getaway to the vineyards with your partner, there are lots of great places to see in Queensland (well in all of Australia to be fair).
While preparation doesn't guarantee a hassle free journey, it can certainly give you greater peace of mind. Here are some basic tips:
• Join up as a member of the RACQ to ensure you're covered by on-call roadside assistance if your car breaks down or needs to be towed. Depending on your level of cover, it's usually cheaper than calling a towing company direct and easier than finding a local mechanic at short notice.
• Get your car serviced. If you can't afford this, at the very least do your own check of the brake fluid, coolant, water and oil levels, and top them up if necessary to avoid problems like overheating or brake failure.
• Pack heaps of snacks because it's hard to really take in unforgettable scenery while your stomach is screaming at you. If you're going to be eating messy foods remember to pack napkins – better still get a pack of anti-bacterial wipes that you can keep in the glove box. Make sure you take water with you. If you're thirsty and the nearest town is miles away, you'll be grateful for this 'oasis in PET'.
• Load your smart phone or iPod with your favourite tunes and get an adaptor so you can play music in your car. (This is perfect when you're over chatting with your travel companions and just want some chill time.)
• Take a comfy pillow because guaranteed you're going to get sleepy at some point on a long drive. Unless you have a masseuse in your entourage you'll face the prospect of a stiff neck sleeping against the seat-belt with no cushioning.
• Contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads for information about traffic closures or road works around the state which may affect your travel route.
• Set the car to cruise control (if you have it) because there's nothing worse than a police officer smiling down at you with a speeding fine in hand, mid holiday. And most importantly, have regular stops so you can stretch and revitalise. It's also a justifiable excuse to stop for another strong coffee with fat milk!
Last but not least – make sure you like the people you'll be travelling with. Being confined in a small space with losers is way too punishing.
Whatever emotions the road trip evokes for you; it's all about freedom on the high road baby!
Spare tyres if you plan on tackling some of the tougher roads too. Almost every road trip I've been on has resulted in needing at least one spare tyre, always carry two on me. $400 for an extra tyre is alot cheaper than forking out for a tow + new tyre in the middle of no where :)