European Road Trip Essentials: What You Need for Your Journey

If you are considering going on a European holiday, rather than paying over the odds for many different flights and transfers between hotels, why not consider a road trip instead? Not only can taking a road trip be a more affordable option, you also get a sense of freedom that can otherwise be lost in a cabin at 38,000 feet. At the same time, Europe’s roads can offer you some of the most incredible sights and sounds for no cost at all, that being said, it’s very important you are properly prepared.

Like with the planning of any holiday there are things to consider and prepare for to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. But if you’re not sure where to start, read on to find out what you need to do.

Route Planning

First and foremost, before you set off you need to know exactly where you are going. Whether you’re planning on staying in a hotel or simply driving around the European mainland, you should have researched and plotted out where you intend to go. As useful as Satnavs are, they are not 100% reliable and it doesn’t hurt to have a contingency plan just in case.

Safety Equipment

As any responsible driver will know having emergency equipment in your vehicle like first aid kits, a spare tyre and replacement engine fluids (to name but a few) is a must wherever you are. On Europe’s roads however there are other laws and restrictions regarding what you must have in your car that you need to ensure you have in your vehicle so you are driving safely and legally.

Proper Cover

Along with the above equipment, there’s also the very important matter of being covered should the worst happen. The last thing you want is your car to breakdown in the middle of a foreign country with no means of rescue, communication or support. Investing in proper European breakdown cover from a provider like Breakdown Direct is an absolute must to safeguard you, your passengers and ultimately your vacation.

Emergency Funds

Toll roads are common on many of Europe’s major routes, so be sure you have a surplus of money in your car to pay for these. More importantly, ensure you have the correct currency as not all European countries use the Euro. Be sure to check this for each country you intend on driving in.

So if you take our advice, all that’s left to do now is get behind the wheel and set off on what will be an incredible voyage for you.

Nissan Nasa

Nissan Join Hands with NASA for Autonomous Vehicle Technology Development

To make self-driving car a reality in the near future, Japanese automaker Nissan has joined hands with NASA with a five year research and development partnership.

The joint venture will focus on how autonomous technology can be perfected and how it can be applied in the right way to commercially mass production vehicles in the future while keeping the emission levels low.

Volvo S60

2016 Volvo S60 Ready to Roll on US Roads

The all-new Volvo S60 Inscription made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show marking first Chinese-built car for the US markets. The sedan features export quality traits with luxurious cabin, long-wheelbase, metallic trim surfaces and reliable machinery.

The idea of having a Chinese built export was first conceived in 2011. Much credit goes to the parent company, Greely, without whose efforts the plan couldn’t have been viable.

The production will expand approximately 250,000 by the year 2018, aimed for global markets. Depending on the sales of S60 inscription, more Chinese made vehicles could be heading to US markets.

Yellow Hennessey Venom GT2

Yellow Hennessey Venom GT – Pictures

Hennessey Venom GT is supercar manufactured by Hennessey Performance Engineering. Venom GT holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Fastest Hypercar Car from 0 – 300 km/h in February 2014.


0-60 mph           2.7 sec.
0-100 mph         5.6 sec.
0-300 km/h1     3.63 sec. – Guinness World Record
0-200 mph         14.51 sec. – Hypercar World Record
Top Speed           270.49 mph