RAC Route Planning

RAC Route Planning
RAC, the UK equivalent of AAA, offers online route planning for driving within the UK, Europe, the US, and several other countries. Maps and driving directions are provided, and you can plan routes for multi-destination journeys easily. Although some far-flung locations in India, China, Turkey and Indonesia show up in the search options, RAC doesn't seem to be able to compute directions for transcontinental journeys. If your trip will take you outside of the UK, Europe and the US, try using Google Maps instead.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Computer Internet Access
  • Computer
  • Internet Access
Step 1
Go to www.rac.co.uk/route-planner/. Enter the location that you are leaving from and your destination. Make sure to choose the country country from the pull-down list.
Step 2
Add any via points that you want to stop at along the way. For example, if you want to drive from London to Edinburgh and stop in Manchester, add "Manchester" as a via point.
Step 3
Choose if you want the quickest route or the shortest route. Choose if you want a simple map or a complex map. The default settings will automatically give you the quickest route and a detailed map.
Step 4
Click on "Get Map." If you added any via points, your journey will show up in stages. For example, the trip from London to Edinburgh via Manchester will have two stages: London to Manchester and Manchester to Edinburgh. Step by step directions are given, and you can click on the "Route Map" tab to see a map of your journey.
Step 5
Use the plus and minus buttons to zoom in and out of the map and see different sections of your journey.
Step 6
Print, email or share the route for future reference. Sing up for an online RAC account in order to save routes online.

Article Written By Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro is a certified English teacher who has been writing since 2008. The editor of Matador Abroad, her work has appeared online at BootsnAll, Matador Network, GoNOMAD, Journey Beyond Travel and Expat Women. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is pursuing a Master of Arts in English at Bridgewater State University.

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