How To Prepare Your Car For A Long Trip

Renault Clio with roof box on winding country road

Whether you are planning to take trip to the Swiss Alps, drive across the French coast all the way to Spain, or simply looking to drive to Scotland from London, your car needs to be on point. Imagine if it wasn’t?

Finding yourself needing roadside assistance on a deserted road is not the best way to start your road trip. The agony and despair associated with waiting for roadside help will certainly dampen your mood, leave you lonely and stressed.

If you’ll be taking a lengthy road trip, your car needs some thorough maintenance checks.

A car in top-notch form will save you more than money can buy.

Things to Check

We’ll start by listing the parts to check on your car to make sure that it’s in proper working order. Although you’ll be able to verify some parts on your own, for the better part of your car maintenance you’ll need a motor mechanic.


Cars just like any operational machine require fluids to keep them in good working order. Always make sure there’s enough fluids to make your vehicle performs to its optimum levels and greater efficiency. The following is a list of fluids that your car simply cannot do without, especially for your long trip.

  • Engine oil
  • Fuel
  • Coolant
  • Transmission fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Windscreen washer fluid

Hoses and Belts

These are similar to the blood arteries in the human body; they ensure connectivity throughout the whole system. A single loose connection can send you flagging down cars and hiking in no time at all. Make sure that all the hoses and belts are well secured.


Your tyres are what keeps your car on the road. Tyres don’t only help keep your car in contact with the ground, but they also enable traction that keep you from veering off the road. If you’ll be travelling lengthy distances, your tyres have to be nothing short of perfect.

You should check your tyre pressure, and try as much not to inflate your tyres with the highest possible amount of pressure as noted on the side of each tyre. Your tyres should be less inflated during winter trips and close to maximum for summer trips. Inflating too much may cause the tyre to blowout. Don’t forget carrying along a spare tyre.

It is a legal requirement to carry your driving license with you and it’s a good idea to also carry your driving insurance details too. Get travel insurance if going abroad as well breakdown cover. A tool box, triangle and reflector jacket should make part your key accessories.

With all that, enjoy your trip and try as much to rest after every 3 hours or 150 miles on the road.