Many businesses require employees to travel long distances and often the best way to do this is by car. Travelling by car can be a practical and affordable way to get around, but business travellers need to make sure that they are well-prepared before setting off on their journey and there are a few items and accessories that make sure that they can travel efficiently, safely and with confidence.
It is important to have a breakdown kit in the car which you can do if you end up breaking down on the journey. This should include items such as:
- A phone charger
- First-aid kit
- Spare clothes
- Food and drink
- A shovel
- Spare tyre
- Car jack
- Maintenance tools
Leading on from this, a motorist needs to make sure that they have adequate cover in place before setting off on a long journey. Obviously, this must include a car insurance policy but there are also optional policies that you may want to consider. An extended warranty if the original manufacturer warranty has expired is smart and will provide protection in case you breakdown, while a GAP insurance policy is also worthwhile. If you were to write the car off in an accident, you would only receive the current market value which could leave you out of pocket by thousands. GAP insurance will bridge the gap and provide important financial protection and peace of mind while you are out on the road.
A phone mount is a useful accessory which will allow you to stay connected and reachable by work but without posing a threat to you or other road users. Safety is paramount whenever you are behind the wheel, so using a phone mount means that you do not have to take your eyes off the road and can also be used for GPS.
If travelling for business purposes, you are sure to have a device or two that you need to keep charged and usable on your journey. A USB charger that plugs into the car’s cigarette lighter is the best way to make sure that you are always fully charged and accessible.
Spending long periods of time behind the wheel can take its toll, especially on your back. In addition to taking regular breaks, it is also a good idea to buy a back support (particularly if you have back issues) which will hopefully help you to stay comfortable and prevent any injuries while behind the wheel.
A good thermos flask will be able to keep your coffee, tea, soup or any other hot beverage warmer for much longer. You do not always want to be pulling over when you are travelling by car (especially if you are in a rush), so a good thermos flask will help you to stay on the road and able to enjoy a hot beverage.
These are a few of the best accessories to have before setting off on a business journey and should help you to drive safely, comfortably and with confidence.