Thousands of Filipinos are expected to travel to their respective provinces in observance of Undas. Some of those who will traverse the road will be driving with their cars. For long trips, it is especially important to make sure that the car is properly equipped and in good condition for safe driving.
This Undas, Prestone, manufacturer of -edge coolants, brake fluid, and motor oils, is joining the “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” project of Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), where they will be providing assistance to motorists who will pass through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX).
For a safer and convenient travel, Prestone shares safety tips to promote and ensure the safety of travelers heading to their provinces.
Prepare a list of emergency hotlines
Some unavoidable circumstances may occur while on the road, so take note of these emergency phone numbers that you can easily connect to when the need arises. Some of the hotlines you can call for assistance are: North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) hotlines – (02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910; Twitter: @NLEXtraffic; Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines – (0920) 96-SCTEX (72839) (traffic hotline) or (045) 459-0522; Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) hotlines – (02) 825- 400, call and text hotline: 0942-822-8489.
Don’t forget your BLOWBAGETS
Ever heard of BLOWBAGETS? It probably sounds funny, but it is, actually, an acronym for the things you should check before heading out: battery, lights, oil, water, brake, air, gas, engine, tire, and self.
Aside from using water, you should also use a coolant, a fluid that absorbs heat from the engine and then dissipates it through the radiator. Using the right coolant for your engine will provide the ultimate cooling system protection to avoid overheating, rust, and corrosion.
Whether you’re just driving to work or going on a long trip to the province, try to make it a habit to inspect your car. By checking your BLOWBAGETS, you get to ensure a safe and trouble-free trip.
Set aside money for food and accommodation
You might find yourself spending hours stuck in the madness of traffic jams on your way to the province. Long drives can be quite tricky, so consider preparing filling grubs like sandwiches before heading out. There are also stopovers on the way, so fill your stomach so you won’t be hungry while on the road.
As such, some trips can last for more than 12 hours, which can be exhausting especially for the person driving. Don’t force yourself and try to look into cheap accommodation where you can stay for the night, or day.
Prepare gasoline and auto care needs
Making sure your car is in good condition before any trip is important. Try to take your car to a mechanic if it needs work or maintenance before heading out. Consider estimating your cost for gas as well so you can already set aside money.
To help you with your auto care needs, Prestone will be providing products and services in specific designations so that the safety and security of all travelers will be safeguarded.
From October 31 to November 4, 2018, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Prestone will be providing mechanic service at SMSK motorists camps in SCTEX Floridablanca Lay-by (Subic bound) and CAVITEX Paranaque toll plaza and Kawit toll plaza.
Prestone will also offer brake fluid efficiency testing at SCTEX-Floridablanca Lay-by and CAVITEX-Kawit toll plaza from the said date.