Check your car
Schedule a thorough inspection at least two weeks before your trip, says Ivan Kwa, manager of the service and technical department for Kah Motor/Honda Singapore.
On the list of things to look out for are car fluid levels and signs of leaks, lighting and electrical components such as the battery and alternator, and overall vehicle conditions including the tyres, belts, hoses, bushes, suspension and the undercarriage.
If you want to be extra cautious, send your car for an inspection about a month before to allow adequate time for minor repairs and for the workshop to secure any necessary parts. It also gives you a buffer period in case the workshop is fully booked for repair work, explains Jeffrey Cheong, marketing communications manager for Trans Eurokars (Mazda).