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Driving Home for Christmas - Driving Route Planner

Date: Wed 19th December 2018   |   Author: L Blake

Driving Home for Christmas: Driving Route Planner

Winter weather can wreak havoc on the roads, presenting many challenges for motorists across the country. Whether you are doing the daily commute or driving home for Christmas, the route you intend to travel on could be affected by adverse weather conditions. Read on to find out how a driving route planner can help you keep in control on the roads this winter.

What is a driving route planner?

A driving route planner is a clever tool which provides maps and driving directions for the UK, Europe and beyond. Whether you simply need directions from A to B, are looking for a faster route or are trying to avoid delays and diversions whilst on the road, a driving route planner can help.

What are the benefits of using a driving route planner?

Optimise your route

Arguably the most obvious and beneficial reason for using a driving route planner: you reduce chances of getting lost or wasting time (and fuel) by endlessly searching for the best way reach your destination. Whether you are driving to an unfamiliar place or are simply looking for the fastest route possible, a driving route planner can get you from A to B with minimal stress or effort.

AA Route Planner

Save on fuel costs

Not only is route planning a great way to stay safe and calm on the roads but it also helps to reduce costs by saving fuel. Think about it; by optimising your route to reach your destination as smoothly as possible, you will save time and fuel. The less time spent driving, the less fuel your vehicle will consume.

Keeps you in control

Driving in a new or strange place, along unfamiliar roads, can be quite daunting and can feel as though you are not in control. Getting lost or being stuck in traffic when you aren’t sure of where you are going can make driving far more stressful and could lead to unsafe driving. By using a driving route planner to check your route beforehand, you can familiarise yourself with the route before you set off and can predict and avoid heavy traffic, to ensure your journey runs as smoothly as possible.

How do I use a driving route planner?

There are plenty of route planning tools and apps out there, from the classic car sat-nav device to free options such as the AA route planner or Google Maps. Whichever tool you decide to use, it could be worth trying out your preferred method with a shorter journey or a practice run to begin with.

Most of the tools mentioned above work in a similar way: you select your starting (current) location and the destination you are hoping to reach. The driving route planner will then display results, usually containing the fastest route option and the easiest route option. You can select your route preferences and even tailor your route to avoid motorways or toll bridges, etc. Once you have programmed your route, select begin and your device will provide step by step driving instructions until you reach your destination. If you use a route planner tool which is web-based, such as the AA route planner, you will be able to print out your route and familiarise yourself before you set off.

Whether you use a web-based tool, a car sat-nav or a mobile device, it will be worth checking in on traffic news and weather updates before you journey out onto the roads this winter. Always remember to programme your route before you set off and if you need to readjust your route, pull over and stop your engine to safely do so.

For tips on how to safely use your mobile as a car sat-nav, read our blog here.

We hope you found our route planning tips useful. For more winter driving tips and other interesting articles, visit the AutoProtect engage page.