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The Importance of Planning your Journey

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Journey planning is an essential part of motoring on a budget, particularly if you want to save on fuel costs. Wasting time and money getting lost en route is no fun for anyone, which makes knowing how to plan a journey even more important. This article offers advice on the best ways to plan a journey.

Why Use a Route Planner?

If you've ever had to drive round for miles because you have no idea where you are or where you are supposed to be going, you'll understand why journey planning is an important part of motoring. Problems can arise through no fault of your own. Even if you know exactly where you are heading and how to get there, you may find that roads have been closed and traffic is diverted along another route (which you may not be familiar with). Given the current high cost of fuel in the UK, this is even more crucial, as unnecessary driving unsurprisingly wastes fuel and money.

For drivers who have a motoring budget that they need to stick to, this is something that they will be keen to avoid wherever possible. Because of this, it is useful to have at least one alternative route planned out before you start driving so that you have a back-up plan if problems arise on your preferred route. This is where a route planner can work wonders, as online route planners can take the hassle out of planning an alternative route by doing it for you and providing directions.

Using a Route Planner

Using a route planner or route finder to help you plan a journey can make driving to areas that you are not familiar with, a lot simpler. Getting lost wastes fuel, which you can't afford to do if you are motoring on a budget. To make journey planning easier, you can use a traditional road map as a route planner, but it is often easier to use a more high-tech route finder. You can use a Satellite Navigation (SatNav) system as a route planner if your car has one, but these are not completely reliable, and have been known to send people on a wild goose chase!

If you have Internet access, you can access the route planner on the RAC website. This allows you to plan your driving using the convenience of the Internet. Using this route finder, you can choose to avoid routes that contain motorways or toll roads. Other online route planners can be found on the Transport Direct website (which also offers a live feed of traffic news that provides information on many road and motorway closures and restrictions to prepare motorists and help them to plan an alternative route with the online route planner) and the Directgov website (which is virtually the same as the Transport Direct website).

Planning alternative ways of making a journey can be a big help when it comes to saving on fuel and time. If you are motoring on a budget, it is likely that you will be looking to maximise your fuel as much as possible to keep costs down, and driving more than you need to because you are lost or problems occur on your usual route can significantly increase fuel costs.

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