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“Road trips are about more than just getting from A to B – they’re about the journey.”

There’s so much to explore in your own state and it’s often best seen by road. We are lucky to have some of the best national parks and beaches. We all know that packing the family into the car for hours on end can be stressful, so here are some pointers to help you nail the no-stress road trip. (Spoiler: it’s all about preparation).

Man and woman sitting in the back of a 4WD, with happy kids on the sand next to them at the beach

As easy as A, B, Scenic

Planning a route ahead of time is a simple way to lower your stress levels. Road trips are about more than just getting from A to B – they’re about the journey. Our smart phones and mapping apps make planning a route better than ever – not just for adding in accommodation, but also scenic landmarks, parks, places to eat, local events and festivals.

These kinds of stops are a great way to experience a new place and offer a range of family friendly activities. It beats having a rest on the side of the highway – and might even be the highlight of your trip.

Be ready to roll

Check tyre pressure. Top up the oil. Pack a first-aid kit. With so much to do before heading out on a road trip, it’s a good idea to do a routine service on your car. If you’re using a mechanic, let them know you’re planning a long drive – so they can check that you’re good to go. 

Cover your bases

All the planning in the world can’t guarantee an incident-free road trip. Having Australian Unity's Motor Insurance covers your vehicle, plus damage you cause to other people’s vehicles or property. It includes features and benefits like accidental loss of or damage to your vehicle and many other benefits. It includes towing post accident, and many other benefits also. Speak to Australian Unity today to find out more about Comprehensive Motor Insurance.

Find back seat bliss

It doesn’t matter that those mountains outside formed around 600 million years ago — kids get restless in the back seat. To keep everyone happy, start with some back seat classics like books, games and plenty of healthy snacks — and remember to bring their (charged) devices with music, apps, games and movies already pre-loaded.

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