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How to Use Rac Route Planner Tool:Travel Planning to Europe

Updated on April 9, 2013

Rac route planner is just an enhancement of over-a -century old famous European motoring Service Company. If you look back, you will find Rac started their journey into motoring service business in 1897 and now they are the most progressing motoring organization of the UK and currently Rac has over seven million members.

What Does Rac Route Planner do?

Rac Route Planner is basically an online route planning tool. If you enter the link:, and enter where you plan to go from your present location, it will show you the best possible route with some more additional useful information. They have the capability to get you the quickest routes in Europe and the USA. To get your best route information simply you need to enter the postcode or city name and you’re done. Rac is capable of providing both quickest and shortest route information. If you need the quickest route information to a place, then you just have to select the “quickest route” in the route type option. Both simple and interactive route map also can be obtained. Once you select your route and map option, then just click on the orange button called “get route

When I used rac route planner to get a route plan from London to Paris, I got two maps-one is schematic map or step-by-step map giving all the details of each major points of my travel route and a complete route map, please see the screen-shot given below:

rac route planner map
rac route planner map
step by step route map
step by step route map

The way rac route planner produce a step-by-step route map, there is almost no chance of being lost when you are on-way to your destination.  Rac route will breakdown your total travel route into smaller routes and you will be provided with the distance and travel time between each route. Based on this data you can easily figure out your estimated total travel time and also can choose your travel break points, so as you have enough time to refresh you while you are in a long distance motor drive.

Rac Route Planner's Mileage Cost Calculator

This option allows one traveler to get a complete driving cost to his destination. If you are sure about the fuel cost per mile then you just enter the “To” and “From” information of your journey and click the “Calculate” to see the total fuel cost of your journey along with total duration and distance.  In addition you also can get mileage cost for reverse route and can include any “via route”. When I tried to find total fuel cost from London to Paris, Rac Route fuel cost calculator returned me the result as given on the below screen shoot, this calculation was without any reverse route. Among all the tools of  Rac route planner, this fuel cost calculator is very practical and certainly the most handy tool available online for travel lovers.

rac route fuel calculator
rac route fuel calculator
mileage cost
mileage cost

How to find a Map in Rac Route Planner

Another very useful feature of Rac route planner is its ability to produce instant detailed maps for any location around the world. You can view this map as street veiw, aerial view or bird’s eye view. In addition, you can get information about all hotels, Wi-Fi hot-spots and petrol stations

Latest Traffic News on Rac Route

It is always ideal to become aware of the traffic information including any incidents when you plan a journey. Rac Route planner delivers all the latest information about traffic of UK roads, including details of accidents or any other incidents. London underground and Ferry information also accessible in rac route’s website.

Driving abroad Info at Rac Route Planner

Each country has its own driving rules. For motoring abroad what you need can be easily obtained from Rac route planner site. So, before motoring abroad be sure what papers you need. When I tried to figure out what I need to drive in Germany, I got the following important information:

  • You must be at least 18
  • A divining licensed issued from your country
  • If you are from UK and your car don’t have “Euro-plates”, add a GB sticker at the back side of your car.
  • Your car insurance documents
  • Headlamp converters
  • You must have a first aid kit

Requirements of Vehicle Hiring

If your vehicle is registered with UK and motoring abroad with that vehicle, then you must carry VRD (vehicle registration document) with you. But if you hire a vehicle in abroad, normally the hire company does not provide any VRD; in that case you have to obtain a vehicle hire certificate. You can obtain a vehicle on hire certificate at £8.00 and it can be obtained within 2 working days with few extra charges. In Rac route planner site you will find the application for “vehicle on hire”, just download it and either post it or fax it to the address given on the application form. This is one of the most sought after information I was looking for, because a hired vehicle on abroad not only saves lots of time but also saves lots of your transportation cost.

Mac route planner can help any tourists with all the necessary data one can image for making a perfect route plan. Among all I found Rac’s fuel cost planning, driving abroad and vehicle on hire information not only useful, but gave me a rough idea about the budget of inter-city travel in European cities.


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      Pharme75 5 years ago

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      DavidLivingston 7 years ago

      Thanks for this post! All nice.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      I think aa route planner also another great tool that I should write about.I love rac's step by step route map,that certainly any travelers, especially foreigners will love to have.thanks Elena :)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for writing about this. I always use the AA Route Planner and it's helpful, even better than a Sat Nav (Satellite Navigator). I wouldn't mind trying out the RAC Route planner as well.

      Best Wishes.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Thanks you so much.How are you?Yeah, you're right,I am learning a lot about travel route planning tool and I will publish a few more hubs on this topic to make sure that I never get lost :)

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      WebMag 7 years ago

      Great info. Andromida, you won't get lost anywhere, that's sure!