Is this the best driving hack ever?
Just when you're about to have your road trip checklist written into folklore along comes a brilliant hack that changes everything. Phill Wilson has a tip so simple your holidays will never be the same. Read on ...
Answer: Don’t waste valuable daylight hours travelling. Travel by night and keep the days for sight-seeing, shopping and visiting family and friends.
We reverse plan our trip or trip stages. We decide on an arrival time, usually around breakfast or early morning, work out the travel time then leave at a time that meets our planned arrival.
Sometimes this means a 2am start or similar.
Our observation is the norm for caravanners seems to be to travel during the morning and afternoon and set up late in the day.
What a waste of valuable daylight hours.
Answer: The biggest advantage is that additional time you get to see the sights, shopping or visit family or friends and the grandkids.
The key challenges are wildlife in country and outback areas, managing the trucks, vehicle setup and early park check-in.
Remember you are in their (truck's) work place.
We have NEVER had an issue with them following these simple suggestions below.
Besides, the rewards are worth the effort in night-time travel.
Some parks will let you check in early, but we often just find some parking during the day.
You have to set your vehicle up for night-time travel with good lights (we have a top-of-the-range LED light bar that is outstanding) and a bulbar for protection from animal strikes.
As for the trucks, they aren’t so bad if you give them room, call them up on the CB and try to match their speed.
Answer: Our rig is an NW Pajero and a Nova Metrolink van. We’ve added LED lighting - headlights and a 240-watt light bar (Stedi) – outstanding light and distance.
Don’t buy the cheap stuff. Use Stedi, Lightforce, Great White etc – they are worth the extra money.
An ARB steel bullbar, Old Man Emu suspension – no load levellers needed, an ARB long-range fuel tank, SW diesel chip and Bridgestone AT tyres.
The combination is stable and the Pajero is comfortable and an ideal tow vehicle.
We’ve had some close calls with wildlife (roos, emus and goats) but nothing too serious.
A tip is to follow a truck that matches your speed and let him clear the way – not too close though.
Answer: One of our favourites is at Tathra on the NSW South Coast. A great park, quieter than most and close to our grandkids.
We’ve had stopovers at Hay and Bermagui as well.
Shortly we are planning a stay at Bonny Hills, and looking forward to that.
Do you agree with Phill, or not?
BIG4 would like to thank Phill for his amazing holiday driving tip and images he has shared with our readers. He's a good man with a heart of gold.