Admit it, we Pinoys just love going on road trips especially whenever there’s a long holiday break. Take take for example Holy Week, where thousands or millions go on vacation each year. But before packing your bags and driving off to the open road, our friends from Ford Philippines listed a few tips to ensure your car’s road worthiness and safety.

This covers 6 inspection points on your vehicle that’s best done by a qualified mechanic. Better yet, drive to any of 40 authorized Ford dealerships in the country an have it serviced there… if you drive a Ford of course.

1Tires

You don’t want to get stuck with a flat. Inspect tires for any tears or bulges in the side wall and that the tread depth is above the limit. Also, make sure to maintain the recommended tire pressure, double-check if your spare tire is in top shape, and that the jack is in good condition.

2Brakes

This should be inspected as recommended in owner’s manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

3Battery

Make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and the terminals are free of corrosion. Stay charged as batteries can fail any time of the year. A road trip is no fun if the car won’t start.

4Oil

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 breakdown.

5Air-conditioning System

It’s so hot in the Philippines that a busted A/C is a nightmare for any driver. Have the system examined by a qualified technician.

6Lights

Make sure all your lights are working – indicator, brake, high beam, low beam, fog lamps, and the rest. Faulty lights are dangerous for your and other motorists. They also won’t know which direction you’re going if the turn signals fail.