Your Motoring Bucket List for 2020: Get Inspired

Posted on November 20th, 2019 by GEM Motoring Assist

Motoring road trip

Motoring isn’t all about the daily commute and doing the weekly food shop. Taking to the road can be a great deal of fun, too. But what if you’ve lost your driving “mojo”? As 2020 approaches, now is a great time to start planning a motoring adventure – and to rediscover the pleasures of the open road.

Here are some ideas to inspire you.


Explore Yorkshire’s winding roads


The rolling green hills and wild moorlands of Yorkshire are home to some of England’s prettiest villages. The A and B roads here are decidedly windy – perfect for a truly engaging road trip. Stop off at the Wensleydale Creamery and, after you’ve found a rustic hostelry in which to bed down, sample a pint of Black Sheep from Masham Brewery. Also a fantastic route for motorcyclists.


Land’s End to John O’ Groats in a classic car


Yes, it’s been done (or at least planned) many times – but for good reason. Land’s End to John O’ Groats can be tailored to the kind of driving you love, with scores of different routes to choose from. Whichever direction you do it in, you can expect truly dramatic coastal landscapes at both ends. A pleasure in any kind of car, but particularly so in a classic. Heading up to Dunnet Head in an E-Type, with the wind in your hair, anyone?


Take a caravan along Southwest England’s Atlantic Highway


‘Atlantic Highway’ is a bit of a misnomer, since much of this route – the A39 – is inland. However, it’s nothing if not breathtaking. Start in Bristol and move west: snake among barley fields and hedgerows, emerge onto the coast and stop off for pasties and ice cream. Make time for a stroll on Exmoor National Park, then proceed to Padstow for superb seafood, or a night on the tiles in Newquay. For caravanners, there are a host of sites to choose from – making this route perfect for a road trip of the spontaneous-stop-over kind.


Your road trip: Things to consider


● If you don’t own a classic car but would love to take a road trip in one, hiring is an option. If you do own one, remember our breakdown cover includes classic cars.

● Who’s going with you? A solo road trip can be a life-affirming thing – but taking a loved one or friend with you can make it all the more memorable.

● When should you go? A wintertime trip would of course be more challenging than a summertime one. However, checking the weather forecast will help identify sunny periods even in normally cold or wet months.

● Spontaneity is great – but at least make sure you know where you’ll be staying each night. It’s also important to take regular breaks if driving long distances.

● Work out a daily budget.

● Get inspired: FindingTheUniverse and TravelWithBender are two blogs that have UK road trips close to their hearts.

● Safety essentials: Make sure your breakdown cover is up to date – you don’t want to be stranded on Scotland’s north coast or the Yorkshire Dales with a mechanical problem. It’s also important to pack useful items such as: blanket, torch, water, snacks, radio.

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