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(great for the passenger to read to the driver),
plus a diary to write and draw memories of
your holiday. For me, music and talking
books do the job, either on CD or
downloaded to an iPod.
If you are living out of your
vehicle, stacked plastic tubs are
great. Remember to label them so
you don't spend your whole time packing
and unpacking. And using the logic that loads
move forward when a vehicle stops suddenly,
it's wise to put heavy items at the front of your
luggage area and your eggs and pavlovas (well,
you never know) toward the back.
This also helps bring the centre of gravity to the
middle of the vehicle. And here's a little winner --
when tying things down on roof racks, remember
to put a twist in the straps to stop them humming
in the wind. But let's get serious. While these
little snippets might make your road trip more
comfortable, the bulk of a successful adventure
comes down to preparation in terms of safety and
vehicle maintenance, as well as knowing your road
rules, your towing limitations and how to drive
The DriveWA.com website is a great starting
point. It's designed to help with your preparation
and emphasises that there is no substitute for good
planning and being well-prepared for your escape.
The RAC is also a wealth of information and
the recommendation is that you take out Classic or
Ultimate Roadside Assistance, rather than thinking
you can rely on Standard cover. "Breaking down"
are the dirty words of any trip.
Despite how much you prepare, any vehicle
can break down anywhere at any time. The RAC
will always attempt to rescue people and vehicles
that have broken down, but there are limitations,
especially when it comes to remote areas.
The RAC is not able to guarantee service on
unsealed roads or roads inaccessible by a
"We will, however, make every attempt to assist
the member even where we are not providing
the service, for example, liaising with emergency
services on their behalf," says RAC executive
general manager motoring Mike Heath.
A complete list of coverage available in country
areas is contained within the RAC Roadside
Assistance Glovebox Guide.
There is nothing quite like a good WA road
trip. Personally, given the choice and if time were
on my side (which unfortunately isn't often the
case), I would always choose to drive somewhere,
rather than fly.
It's all about the journey and transition time
BUSH BEAUTY: 4WD on an Outback road,
image courtesy of Tourism WA.
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