In many cases, travel by car is more pleasant and convenient, although it is also not ideal.
Auto-tourism appeared in the early twentieth century, but it has become popular recently. All because many people began to have their own cars, as well as improved road quality.
Modern cars are so diverse that everyone will find a car to his liking. You can buy a car for travel, a house on wheels or an SUV. The crossover can easily accommodate a family or a group of friends. The only thing you need to choose companions.
But there are also those who prefer cars to planes or trains. Why? Let's look at the pros and cons of automobile tourism.
- Freedom of movement and route. Sometimes you want to stop halfway to admire the beauty or take a cup of coffee at the gas station - the opportunity is definitely there!
- Masses of impressions and a constant sense of adventure. Especially if you go on a trip with the company.
- All things at your fingertips. It is always possible to get a thermos cup from the luggage without disturbing the stranger traveling companion.
- You can take any luggage with you, no one limits you on weight or size, except the size and capacity of the trunk.
- Your pet is always with you. No need to torture your friend in the luggage compartment or in a cage.
- However, every aspect of our lives has not only advantages but also disadvantages.
- The cost of gasoline and toll roads. Sometimes traveling in your own car can be more expensive than flying or traveling by train.
- Breakdown of the car. For example, a punctured wheel. The owner of the car and those who travel with him will have to deal with this trouble.
- Fines for traffic violations and speed limits, which await at every step.
- Accidents. Unfortunately, they sometimes occur on the roads at the most unforeseen moments.
- Fatigue. Even the most experienced drivers after a few hours of continuous driving need to rest. It is good if you can swap with someone during the trip, but not always it is possible.
- Passing the border. Sometimes this moment takes a very long time and is exhausting.
Check your car before you travel
Before you travel, you need to take your car in for a checkup. Remember that even if you're an ace at driving, there may be a lot you don't know about how things work in the car. Don't skimp on professional mechanics, have them inspect your car before you travel, and you'll know for sure that it's okay.
Any motorist can get into a bad situation. Skills and the most reliable car do not guarantee that you will not get into an accident.
You should always be prepared for trouble. Here is what should be in the car in case of emergency:
- first aid kit;
- spare tire;
- jerk rope;
- fire extinguisher;
- technical fluids;
- emergency stop sign.
Where to start on road trips
It is impossible to get lost on the Ring Road (Route 1): the Icelandic ring road is well paved, there are markings everywhere, and signs with the number 1 repeatedly confirm that you are on the right track. The Icelandic "circular" passes through 18 cities and covers the main attractions of the country. It's a great idea for a road trip: you'll see the geyser valleys and see the 60-meter Seljalandsfoss waterfall from all sides. Also on this road, you can see Skaugafoss waterfall, Eyjafjallajökull glacier, Skougar village, Vik - the southernmost town in Iceland with black beaches, and much more.