Road trip ready: How to prepare your car for a long weekend getaway

Long weekends are the perfect time to hit the road and explore new destinations. A long weekend getaway with the family is always exciting. It is, however, important to prepare your car for the journey ahead.

A well-prepared car can make all the difference in ensuring a safe and comfortable road trip. Here are some tips on how to prepare your car for the long weekend getaway:

Perform a basic car check

Before embarking on your journey, you need to ensure your car is safe. You can do this by checking the following:


Smooth tyres won’t get you to your destination safely. It’s important to check your tyre tread depth to ensure that it’s not too worn out. You should also check your tyre pressure and ensure that it’s within the recommended range for your car. 


Bad brakes may not be able to slow down your car in time to avoid a collision. Over time, brake pads can wear down and become less effective. This reduces your car’s stopping power and increases the risk of accidents. Checking your brake pads before a road trip can help identify any signs of wear and tear. If your brake pads are too worn, you can replace them before your trip.


Ensuring that your car has good fluid levels is essential for optimal performance. Prior to embarking on a road trip, you need to inspect all fluid levels and top up any low fluids. Some of the vital fluid levels that you should examine include:

  • Engine oil.
  • Transmission fluid.
  • Brake fluid.
  • Coolant.
  • Windscreen fluid. 

Get insurance for your car

Checking your tyres, brakes or fluids is important before a road trip. You do, however, also need to ensure you have adequate insurance. On your road trip, you may be driving on dirt roads with lots of stones or gravel. Even a small scratch or dent can cause significant damage to your car’s appearance and value. 

Scratch and Dent Insurance protects your car from minor scratches,  dents and chips. While minor scratches or dents may seem insignificant, they can cause damage to your car. Scratch and Dent Insurance can save you money by covering the costs of repairing minor dings.

Don’t wait for the damage, get Scratch and Dent Insurance before your next long weekend getaway.

Cover for you and for your car.

Bidvest Insurance offers a wide range of insurance products to meet both your personal and vehicular needs.

Insurance options for you:

  • Cyber Rescue
  • Panic Alert
  • Legal Angel
  • Personal Accident Insurance

Insurance options for your car:

  • Scratch and Dent
  • Tyre Angel
  • Theftbuster Plus
  • Warranty
  • Driver Assist
  • Key Angel

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