It’s coming up to that time of year when the weather heats up and tickets get snapped up for the biggest Australian music festivals, dotted around our vast country.
Events like Falls Festival, Splendor In The Grass and Bluesfest draw massive crowds to remote locations far from home, creating an atmosphere festival goers love, away from the hustle and bustle of work, parents and responsibilities. However, the experience is not just about the destination, it’s about the journey too, as the music festival roadie becomes as epic a story as the festival itself!
Here are a few tips to make sure you have the best summer ever:
1. Music – Make sure you’ve created a playlist that includes all the artists you plan on seeing at the festival, find those not-so-known tracks to develop a greater appreciation for the artists, that way when you do see them in person it will be extraordinary.
2. Pit stops – Stopping for breaks during your trip gives everyone a chance to stretch and eat and allows the driver maintain the energy levels required to concentrate behind the wheel. Use the Driver Reviver rest stops scattered all across New South Wales.
3. Water and food – This may seem obvious but simple snacks stored in the glove box will help bridge the gap between pit stop meals. Make sure you also have plenty of drinks to stay hydrated as the inside of a hot car can easily induce headaches during the extreme Australian summer. Just remember to stay in proper control of the vehicle while eating and drinking.
4. Roadside assistance – If you’re aged between 17 and 20, take advantage of NRMA’s free roadside assistance with Free2go (16 year old’s receive two free years). An additional perk of Free2go is that you don’t have to be the driver the vehicle to be covered. For those that are over 21, affordable Classic Care and Premium Care cover is also available. This way if you get a flat car battery, tyre or you run out of petrol an NRMA patrol will make sure you make it to the festival on time!
5. Car servicing – Prepare you car for probably the longest trip you’ll take it on all year. A 30 minute check at your local car service provider could prevent a breakdown on the way to the festival. If you’ve signed up to Free2go you’ll also receive Member discounts on car servicing and repairs.
6. Find cheap fuel - After festival tickets and camping admissions, festivals can really blow the budget so any savings on petrol can add up. Before you hit the road, download the my nrma app where you’ll find the cheapest petrol stations in New South Wales. This cheap fuel finder feature is free for anyone to download on android and iOS. You can also request and track your NRMA patrol from the mynrma app.
Have you got any road trip tips to share with your fellow festival goers?