The Best vehicle for your Road trip this summer


The Best vehicle for your Road trip this summer

Which vehicle should you take?

Choosing the best vehicle for a road trip will depend on various factors that we outlined in last month’s blog.

Once you’ve given them some thought, here are a few options to consider.

Compact car

If you’re travelling on your own, or in a small group, a compact car makes for a practical and affordable option. It’s a budget-friendly choice if you’re travelling with minimal luggage, although you may be surprised just how much you can fit in a small hatchback if you get creative with packing.

Compact cars usually offer good fuel efficiency and are easy to manoeuvre. This makes them great for both long-distance and urban driving – so whether you’re travelling through crowded cities or crossing wide open roads, compact cars will perform well.

And while compact cars won’t give you as much room as larger vehicles, there’s often a surprising amount of legroom in many modern compact cars.

But make sure you factor in terrain. While compact cars are great for driving on paved roads and motorways, they might be unsuitable for rough or unpaved terrain.


SUV’S s are versatile cars that offer loads of space for passengers and luggage. If you’re taking multiple passengers, you’ll have room for a comfortable and relaxed journey for all your friends or family. You should also have space for any extra equipment you might be taking.

While they aren’t as fuel-efficient as compacts, they often deliver decent fuel efficiency.

Most modern SUVs have a range of features that will make your journey more comfortable. Think adjustable seats, climate control, connectivity options and entertainment systems – a huge bonus if you’re travelling with small children.

SUVs are also very safe vehicles to drive. They’re often equipped with adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and lane departure warning – and their higher vantage point offers better visibility on the road.

The SUV is a good all-rounder for longer journeys and a great option for a road trip.


If you are travelling with a large group or with a large amount of equipment, you might want to consider using a minibus.

Depending on the size of the vehicle, you should be able to comfortably seat at least 15 people. Plus, the room for storage will mean you can bring everything along for your trip without having to take more than one vehicle or think about adding rooftop carriers or trailers.

Minibuses offer a comfortable trip for drivers and passengers. Many boast adjustable seats, air conditioning, ample legroom and entertainment. They offer unmatched convenience for passengers of all ages and mobility levels, with large doors and steps. They are generally very safe vehicles to drive, often offering stability control systems and cruise control options.

It’s worth keeping in mind that minibuses can be tricky to manoeuvre if you’re inexperienced. Care must be taken when driving a minibus, taking into consideration their size when on the road or when parking.

They’re not as suitable for off-road driving or challenging road conditions as SUVs. They’re also not as fuel efficient as smaller vehicles, so this should also be taken into account when budgeting for your trip.

Please also note that you will need to be covered on your driving licence for a Category D1 vehicle.

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Planning a road trip this summer?


Planning a road trip this summer?

Hitting the open  road? Find out what’s the best vehicle (compact car, SUV or minibus) to rent for a road trip.

Thers’s nothing quite like a road trip. Travelling somewhere on the open road can feel so exciting and adventurous.

But which vehicle should you take?

Choosing the best vehicle for a road trip will depend on various factors, all worth considering.

First of all, you need to ask yourself how many passengers will be on the trip. More passengers will require a bigger vehicle and more space for luggage. And if you’re bringing small children on a long trip, you might want to think about ways to keep them entertained.

Also, consider how far you’ll be travelling. You’ll want a vehicle with good fuel efficiency – and if you’re travelling across various types of terrain, or through difficult conditions, you’ll want a vehicle that will accommodate this.

What’s the nature of your trip? If you’re on your way to a family getaway, for instance, you’ll need to take into account the space you will need for luggage.

Think about the level of comfort you’ll want. Obviously, this will depend on your overall budget. But if you’re travelling long distances, a lack of seating space can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, dangerous and illegal.

Travel tips

A bit of planning is essential for longer journeys. Here are a few tips to make sure you have a smooth and enjoyable trip:

  1. Plan your route: make sure you know your destination and plan your route in advance. This can be easily done using GPS navigation or travelling apps – but make sure you have a backup plan in case technology fails.
  2. Check your vehicle: always check your vehicle before you hit the road. Check the tyres, brakes, fluids, lights and windscreen wipers. If you’re renting a car, make a note of the overall condition and take photos if necessary. Make sure there are basic tools and a spare tyre in case you get a flat.
  3. Take breaks: driving when tired is dangerous. Make sure to plan regular breaks in a safe location on longer drives.
  4. Stay alert: make sure you don’t get distracted by using your phone while driving. This can be extremely dangerous as well as being illegal. Pay attention to road signs, traffic signals and other vehicles on the road at all times.


We’ll go into the various vehicle options next month.


Springtime road trips in the UK


Springtime road trips in the UK

Lambs bouncing in the fields. Daffodils emerging from their winter slumber. Birds chirping in the trees.

It can only be that time of year again, springtime.

This season in the UK offers the perfect balance of mild weather, smaller crowds and blossoming landscapes.

The longer days make it ideal for exploring and creating unforgettable memories.

We have some suggestions for places to go:

The Cotswolds: for the quintessential English springtime countryside look no further. Some of the most scenic routes are on the A429, otherwise known as Fosse Way. This ancient Roman road passes through iconic towns and villages such as Moreton-in Marsh, Stow on the Wold and Cirencester.

You’ll see patchwork fields, roaming rivers, medieval churches and stately homes in your travels.

Bluebell Woods in the UK: You find them in many places but one of the most spectacular Is the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire. Then there are Watkins Way in the Wye Valley, Tehidy Camborne in Cornwall.

Cornwall: Cornwall in general has a lot to offer. It has an abundance of wildlife from sea birds to seals not to mention smuggling coves and famous harbours. There is a particularly stunning drive between St Ives and Sennen.

Isle of Skye: if you fancy travelling further afield try the rugged landscape of Skye, off the Scottish coast. There is a panoramic drive between Broadford and Elgol that’s not to be missed.

The Lake District: always a favourite and Spring may be the best time before the peak visitor season. The A591 between Keswick and Windermere is a particular favourite route.

The Yorkshire Dales: more breath-taking country with many picturesque villages and don’t forget it’s lambing season.

Wherever you decide to go we wish you safe and happy travels and if you want a car or minibus rental just get in touch with use.


Vehicles are now coming more available to purchase but at an increased cost


Vehicles are now coming more available to purchase but at an increased cost

We are buying more vehicles that are most popular to increase the fleet such as Ford Transit Connects and Ford Transit SWB.


We are also in the process of selling many vehicles with a poor utilisation.


However, we have had to increase prices as from 01/04/2024 despite our best efforts to mitigate cost increases.


This is because of the ongoing challenges posedbytheeconomiclandscape.


Onesignificantchallengewefaceisthecontinuingandunexpected riseincostsassociated

with keysuppliersofvehicle parts,consumables,and energycosts,whichhavestabilised,

albeit running way higher than historical trends.


Also,therecent announcementoftheincreaseinnationallivingwagewillhavealargeimpact

on the running costs of our business.


Nevertheless, we do our best to keep prices as affordable as we can for our customers.


Book Early For Easter


Book Early for Easter

It is only a month or so until Easter and already we are seeing a surge in demand for vehicles of all types.

But adding to the pressure is the difficulties we and others are having getting parts for vehicle repairs.

This is adding to the demand for rentals as our customers wait for their own cares to be able to be booked in for repairs. We, too, are being hit by the same problem.

So, the message is clear.

If you want to be sure of being mobile over the Easter holidays get in touch with us to arrange your rental as soon as possible!


Are you ready for the half term and easter holidays?


Are you ready for the half term and easter holidays?

We are already very busy with car rentals at the start of the new year.

If you are planning trips or days out over the upcoming school holidays we would advise you to get your rental bookings in as early as possible, particularly for cars.

Bookings for people carriers are also starting to come in so it is worth thinking ahead and making a booking if you might need one.

Get in touch and we will do everything we can to help and advise you.


Christmas is Coming!


Christmas is Coming!

Christmas will soon be here and if you know you will need to rent a vehicle it’s time to book.

Need to pick up elderly relatives? Need to travel to family elsewhere? Work Christmas celebrations?

We have some cars and some people carriers still available but you need to make your booking as soon as you can.

Don’t risk disappointment, get in touch with us.


How to get your car ready for winter


How to get your car ready for winter

Check your screenwash bottle and top up regularly. A lot of dirt and grime ends up on the windscreen during the winter months so having plenty of screenwash will help to maintain your view. Use a mixture of at least 50% undiluted screenwash in your bottle to prevent the liquid freezing.

You should also make sure your windscreen wipers are in good working order. It can be difficult to see when driving in conditions such as snow and fog. Don’t make your journey any harder than it already is this winter by having a dirty windscreen that you can’t clear due to damaged wipers.


It feels like it gets dark as soon as we wake up when it’s winter, so properly-functioning headlights, brake lights, fog lights, and indicators are absolutely essential.

Check all your lights are working and clean them regularly. Dirt can easily build up on your headlights, hindering your vision of the road and potential hazards.

Ensure that you replace blown bulbs as soon as possible. Not only is this an instant MOT fail but other road users may not be able to see you clearly in wintry conditions.


The weather throughout the winter days tends to cycle between really cold and moderate. This variation in temperature causes the rubber in tyres to expand and contract which, in turn, can lead to the rubber splitting or changes in tyre pressure.

For this reason, it’s crucial to check your tyres every few weeks in winter.

Adequate tread is critical to help tyres grip cold icy roads and to avoid aquaplaning. We recommend making sure you have at least 3mm of tread on all your tyres – the more tread you have, the shorter your stopping distance will be on cold, wet, or icy roads. If you do a lot of winter driving, consider fitting all-season or winter tyres for added grip and control in the snow.

Coolant levels

Coolant is stored in a bottle near the engine and is usually a bright pink or blue colour – check your vehicle handbook if you are having trouble finding it.

Coolant, also known as antifreeze, protects your engine from extreme cold temperatures by raising the freezing point of the fluids within. If the fluids in your engine were to freeze and expand, the engine block could crack, causing serious and costly damage.

We advise that you check your coolant level regularly and top up if necessary.


if your car battery is more than 5 years old, have it checked regularly to ensure it carries on working effectively.

Batteries naturally lose their charging capability over time but during the winter, the cold takes its toll and a fully charged battery is weakened by about 35%. Batteries are the number 1 cause of breakdowns, so if you’ve been having trouble starting the car lately, get your battery checked before winter really hits.


… Before you set off on any kind of winter trip, whether it be a long drive to visit the grandparents on the other side of the country, or just popping down the road to the shops, stash a few essential items in your car now so that you are prepared for any eventuality. Here’s a handy checklist:

  • Phone charger
  • Ice scraper & screenwash
  • Warm clothes like gloves & blankets to keep warm if you get stuck waiting at the side of the road
  • Wet weather gear like wellies & an umbrella in case you need to leave your vehicle
  • Snow shovel & rock salt to manage snow around tyres if you get stuck
  • Bottled water and non-perishable snacks
  • Visibility aids like hi-vis jacket and a warning triangle
  • Car jack & locking wheel nut key should you need to change a tyre
  • Torch and batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Jump leads
  • Vehicle handbook
  • Map


Time to think about your Christmas rental needs


Time to think about your Christmas rental needs

The summer peak holiday rental season is over, but there’s no time for us to relax!

It will soon be Christmas and we are already aware that there will be shortages of rental vehicles for private renters.

We know that the Royal Mail is going to be short of thousands of vehicles this year, both cars and vans.

Cars, too, will be in short supply because of the numbers of businesses now renting them for their fleets.

So, while it may seem a little early to be thinking about Christmas, if you expect you are going to need to rent a vehicle please get in touch as soon as possible.

We do our best to satisfy all our customers’ needs.