If you are planning to take the family to the provinces this Holy Week, make sure that your vehicle is up to task for the long driving ahead. Surely you don’t want to break down en route because of something you could have addressed before setting off?
Our friends from Ford Philippines have kindly shared with us the top six items that you should check on your vehicle before any long drive. By taking a gander on each one of these things on your car, you may avoid any inconvenience in your trip.
“Safety is a top priority for us at Ford, and we’d like to help ensure that all our customers and their families have peace of mind on the road,” said Margo Delfinado, director of Ford Customer Service Division. “These six tips could be your initial step to making that happen.”
1. Tires – Flat tires are one of the most common road problems today. They can heat up easily on long trips which can cause blowouts. Make sure to maintain the recommended tire pressure and double-check if your spare tire is in top shape as well. The minimum safe tread depth is 1.6mm across the tire, all the way around. Any thinner and you may be at risk of aquaplaning, or skidding on top of a puddle of water.
2. Brakes – Test if your brakes are in good working condition by checking for any squeaking sounds, pulsations, grabbing, or if the car takes a longer distance to stop, when applying the brake pedal. If you hear noise or any squealing, it may be a sign that your brake pads need to be replaced.
3. Batteries – Make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion. This lessens the chances of a dead battery on the road. If your batteries are close to or past the manufacturer’s warranty period, you may consider replacing them before your drive, as batteries can fail any time of the year. Also have your electrical and ignition systems checked, too. A road trip is no fun if the car won’t start.
4. Oil – Have the service technician check your oil levels and assess if it’s time for an oil change. Don’t wait for the warning light to come on because by then, the damage may have already been done. Without oil, your engine will overheat, weld itself together and go *poof*.
5. Air-conditioning System – A busted air-con is a nightmare for any driver. If you feel the AC is getting weaker than normal, have it checked right away. Also, newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and AC system. Clean or replace them before your journey.
6. Lights – Make sure all your lights are working – indicator, brake, full beam, fog lamps, and the rest. Faulty lights are dangerous for your and other motorists. Other drivers will have a difficult time gauging their distance from you on the road. Worse, you may get the wrong type of attention by the traffic police. Remember to test that your headlights, blinkers, and the interior lighting are all working well, and replace bulbs when necessary.
Our friends from Ford Philippines do recommend that, before a road trip, you take your beloved Ford vehicle to the nearest authorized Ford service center for a checkup. There, certified and highly skilled technicians can thoroughly look over the car before you head out of town with the fambam.
“We take great pride in our service team’s skill and competence in ensuring your Ford vehicle is ready for your next long drive,” Delfinado adds.
One of 40 Ford dealerships would surely be near you and be more than able to undertake safety checks at your convenience. Do so – it’s less of a hassle than if you get stuck somewhere.