November is the ideal month to prepare yourself and your vehicle for any end-of-year trip you may be planning. The Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance (DZRA) advises that ensuring the vehicle is serviced, that the tyres are in good condition, and that the necessary licences – including those for trailers and caravans – are in order and security measures are in place, should be a priority to avoid any breakdowns, interruptions, or run-ins with the law.

With barely a month left before most people wind down for the festive season, vehicle owners should use this time to ensure that they get their cars ready before it is too late but to also ensure that they have the necessary security available if a need should occur. “The cost of servicing a vehicle means some drivers choose to take chances and to drive long distances with a car that has not been properly maintained or looked at by professionals. To save money, there is no harm in comparing costs across various service providers for an affordable and reliable service. But, it is essential that a vehicle is inspected and serviced, especially before a long trip,” notes the Drive Zim.

Several factors contribute to the cost of servicing a car, including its make and model, the type of service required, the frequency of servicing, and the cost of parts and labour.

Do your research on service facilities near you that are trustworthy. It is also advisable to read reviews, compare costs, and speak to family and friends about where they serviced their vehicles and the quality of services they received. While doing research also think about getting a service and warranty plan to avoid unplanned high costs.


Because the manual says so

Particularly for owners of new cars, the vehicle manual is full of useful knowledge, not least the intervals at which you should service your car. Keeping a full-service history will also help your car retain its value when it is time to sell or trade it in.

Dashboard warning lights

This is the most obvious physical sign that your car needs a service. Ignoring a dashboard warning light can land you in deep trouble, so get a service booked as soon as possible.

Braking problems

Modern brakes are ultra-responsive, so if you notice any issues like knocking or other noises, oversensitivity, or resistance, you have a problem. Brake pads and fluid do not last forever.

Squeals and squeaks

Do you hear a high-pitched whine when you turn the ignition key? Squeaks on the move can mean your power steering fluid needs replacing or that your tyres may have become unbalanced.

Engine cutting out

Does your car stall as you pull away from traffic lights, even though you are in the right gear? The most common causes are clogged fuel filters and dodgy spark plugs, which are easy issues to put right, so book in for a service and get them seen too.


If you are not on a poor road surface and your car starts to shudder and vibrate, you need to get it checked. It might be something as simple as a loose piece of panelling or as serious as unbalanced tyres or a loose bearing. Remember, tyres are vital pieces of safety equipment on vehicles and any issues with them should never be ignored but instead attended to immediately.

Ignition issues

If your car coughs each time it starts, your battery could be on the way out. Call the Drive Zim to assist with a new battery on the spot and avoid the long queues. We test, sell, and fit in a new battery for you without leaving your home.

Getting fewer kilometres per litre of petrol

All car engines decrease in efficiency over time, but the depreciation is generally minor over the lifespan of the vehicle. If you notice that your car is doing significantly fewer litres per kilometre, it could be a sign that your car needs servicing.

Grinding gears

The sound of grinding gears is a sure sign that you need to take your car to get serviced. “Having the right attitude behind the wheel is crucial to ensuring better road safety for you, your family, any other passengers in your vehicle, and other road users. But this is only part of the solution. Ensuring your vehicle is running well, and in good condition, is another vital step to enjoying a hassle-free, and safe, holiday,” concludes the Drive Zim.

Quick check, have you told a friend or family member to sign up for the DRIVE ZIMBABWE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE membership? We go beyond roadside assistance just for you. Get your hands on a DZRA 1-year membership now. Call us or  WhatsApp at 0780 579 261/0718 084 297 / 0736 523 424 Office+2638677160725 Email:info@drivezim.co.zw You probably didn’t have it in your plans, and you might not be exactly thrilled to have to call a tow truck. But it does happen, and when it does, perhaps the first thing on your mind is how much it will cost. The second thing is how much it would cost to tow your car.It is every car owner’s worst nightmare to have a vehicle break down in the middle of a road trip or city errand. It’s even worse when there’s nothing you can do about it – either because you’re too busy to address it yourself or if you just don’t know how to. That’s where Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance comes in handy! The world may be unpredictable, but our towing service is something you can always count on. If you get stranded on the side of the road  DZRA is the ideal breakdown cover provider if you’re looking for a simple experience that won’t break the Bank.

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