What to look for in a road trip car…

Road trips are a brilliant way to explore new places and cut the cost of travel. It’s also great if you want to book a last minute trip. The journey is all part of the experience, so driving can be a great way to get to know somewhere that you have never visited before. 

Preparation is the key to success with road trips and getting the right vehicle is your first priority. If you like to take a lot of road trips, you should consider this when you’re buying a new car. But what should you be looking for? These are the most important things to look for when buying a new car for road trips. 


Space is one of the most important factors. If you are hauling a lot of gear or traveling with friends, then there must be enough space for everyone and their belongings to sit comfortably. Pick a car that has ample trunk space as well as passengers’ seating. A small compact won’t cut it for road trips, you need something bigger like a Range Rover, for example. The last thing you want is to be crammed into a tiny car for hours on end every time you go on a road trip. 


When you’re on the road, especially in more isolated areas, you need to be able to trust your vehicle. You don’t want any problems with the engine or transmission while driving and it can be very awkward trying to find a garage when you’re on a remote road trip. 

Reliability and safety on the roads are extremely important, because you can easily end up in a dangerous situation if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Think about how easy the car is to repair too. Common cars are simple to deal with because there are plenty of parts available, but if you have an obscure car and you break down halfway through a trip, you might have difficulty finding a mechanic that can fix it. 

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is very important for road trips. You don’t want to be spending a fortune on gas and you should try and find the most economical car possible. This will help keep costs down and allow you to spend more money on additional activities when you’re on holiday.

If you buy a hybrid or an electric car then it’s even better because there’s no petrol at all! Obviously, this can be expensive upfront as these cars are still relatively new technology, but in the long-term they save a lot of money. 

Added Features

You might have a perfect vehicle for road trips but remember to think about the little things too. If you are going to be in the car for a long period, you will want the most comfortable driving experience possible with a smooth ride and a great stereo system. GPS navigation helps you find your way and shows you all of the nearest gas stations too. Air conditioning can make the drive a lot more comfortable in the summer as well. It’s worth looking into these added features because they can make a huge difference. 

If you can find a car that meets all of these criteria, your road trips will be a lot more successful. 

Have you got a successful road trip story to share?

{a big thanks to those who keep Mascara & Mud going}

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