Tips For Driving Long Distances

I decided to include a post on tips for driving long distances as I am a big fan of the open road. I love the freedom and the insular feeling of being alone in the car with just my thoughts – it’s almost like I’m on autopilot!

But there are dangers to this sort of guilty pleasure and thousands of accidents happen on a daily basis. Let’s have a look at some tips for driving long distances and avoid any accidents……

Car Service History

This is one of the most important tips for driving long distances so make sure you pay attention to it. Your car needs a quick service before you set out on your journey so try to get it down the garage about a fortnight beforehand. This will give you ample time to repair the problematic areas.


If you have a little cooler box it would be a great idea to take it with you. By filling it with a few soft drinks and nice treats you will give yourself something to look forward to – a ‘pick me up’ of sorts!


This is one of the tips for driving long distances that solo drivers should take note of. If you are driving alone take some cool CD’s or an Mp3 player for some distraction. This is a good way for keeping that lazy sleep feeling away.

I also like to use these Audio Books that are on sale in Mp3 format – they really keep the drive interesting!

Cool Air

This is one of those tips for driving long distances most people tend to ignore for some reason. Try to keep the inside of the car cool – heat will make you feel drowsy and you could slip off into the land of nod!

Break Time!

It’s good driving practice to take breaks when on a long haul. One of my tips for driving long distances is to take a break every three hours – use it as a sort of rule of thumb!

Night Lights

At night time try your best to avoid looking directly into the lights of oncoming traffic ( sounds obvious I know! ). keep one eye focused on the side of the road when they pass to steady your driving line.

Lumber up!

This is one of the most important tips for driving long distances if you suffer from a bad back. I always take a lumber roll with me on long journeys to place at the base of my back. This helps me avoid that trapped nerve/stiff feeling I get in my back.