Keeping your car roadworthy is an ongoing process, but if you’re about to undertake a longer trip, you might want to also perform a fuller set of checks.
You’ll need to check your lights, for example. It’s a two-person job, one switching all of them on and off, one by one, from inside the car, the other checking that they all come on. If any of them don’t work, it could be a fuse or a bulb that’s failed, so refer to your owner’s manual on how to change them – or go your local Suzuki Service Centre.
Windscreen wipers are a feature that are often overlooked, but their role in maximising the driver’s visibility can’t be underestimated. So make sure they’re in good condition, replacing any that are worn. Even if they’re not worn, they might benefit from being wiped with a wet sponge or cloth, just to eliminate the chances of streaking.
And helping to keep the windscreen clear is the washer, so you’ll also need to check that the windscreen washer fluid reservoir is topped up.
Tyres are vitally important, so they need to be checked to ensure the tyres are not worn or bald or damaged (with visible cuts, cracks, bulges, irregular wear and, of course, punctures). You’ll also need to check the tread depth – you're looking to make sure it’s no less than 1.6 mm at any point on the tyre – and check the tyre pressure to make sure it is at the level recommended by Suzuki.
Checking the engine oil before a big trip is also a crucial task. Use the dipstick in the engine bay to check the oil level: if the residue on the dipstick isn't between the minimum and maximum markings you have low engine oil and will need to top it up.