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5 Car Tips to Remember Before Heading Out For The Holy Week

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Who’s heading somewhere this coming Holy Week? Let’s face it. Many families are heading somewhere, whether out of the country or out of town, during Holy Week for some rest and relaxation. In case you are on your way to the province or anywhere in the metro and planning to travel by land, here are car tips you need to remember to make the trip hassle-free. Car Tips to Remember1. Check the car tires. You don’t want to deal with busted or flat tire on your way to the province. Few days before the scheduled trip, check if there are any signs of puncture, aging, and uneven wear. If your car tires have been in service for five or so years, then consider getting a new set. Ensuring proper car tire pressure is also crucial to avoid flat tire or blow-ups during the trip (and especially in expressway!) and make the ride smoother. Speaking of car tires, don’t forget to check the spare tire too and make sure that it is in good condition.

2. Inspect the car’s fluid levels and conditions. The car needs various fluids to keep it going. Before heading out, make sure to check the following fluid levels and conditions:

  • Engine oil – It should be translucent gold in color. If the engine oil’s color is black with visible clumps, then make sure to change it to avoid damaging your vehicle’s engine. Don’t forget to check the engine oil level too, since if it is too low, then make sure to fill it up with the same motor oil you are using. 
  • Power steering fluid – It should also be translucent gold in color with NO visible clumps of deposits if your use automatic transmission fluid (ATF) or clear if you use hydraulic fluid. 
  • Fluids for clutch and brakes –  These are normally clear in color. If the fluids for clutch and brakes are yellow to brown in color, then make sure to replace them.

3. Check the car’s battery. The car’s battery is also crucial to make sure that your trip is safe and hassle-free. Every car size requires a specific type of battery. For small-sized cars, car battery often lasts 12 to 14 months while midsize cars and SUV may last up to three years. Make sure to keep the receipt from the store where you bought the car battery to help you keep track of your battery’s life. In case your car needs a new one, make sure to change it before the trip. 

4. Make sure your car tools are complete. Nobody wants any mishap on the road. Even if your car is in good running condition, this doesn’t mean you should be complacent. In this case, make sure that the car tools are complete. A working jack and tire wrench is a MUST, so make sure these tools are tucked neatly in the compartment. Jumper and towing cables may come in handy too in case of car trouble. It also won’t hurt if you have gallons of water to fill up your cooling system plus extra rags to help you clean up in case of car mishap.

5. Don’t forget the cooling system. One of the secrets of making every travel comfortable and hassle-free is by having a reliable car cooling system. Yes, the aircon. Since summer season is here, you wouldn’t want to spend the rest of the trip fanning to make sure that your little one won’t feel hot. Make sure that before the trip, your vehicle’s air conditioning unit will cooperate by checking the entire cooling system.

The bottom line is your car should be in tip-top shape before you go on a road trip. If there are parts that needs replacement or some tightening, then make the necessary adjustments. It would also help if you have a trusted, honest mechanic who can check your car’s condition. After all, the last thing you need is your car breaking down on the way to celebrate the Holy Week.   

Ayi

A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

20 Comments

  1. mhaan.a-ds

    Thanks for sharing these tips, we always do this everytime we have a road trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

    22 . Mar . 2016
  2. momsterteacher

    Great read! Usually, we spend so much time planning out outfits and itinerary while ignoring our car condition.

    #5 is super important, especially because the weather is freaking hot these days!!!

    22 . Mar . 2016
  3. Mommy may

    I agree to all the tips โ˜บ thanks for sharing..

    23 . Mar . 2016
  4. coffee and beyond

    Thanks for the tips. My hubby does the car maintenance and normally double checks when heading out of the city. The car tools is very important. A must have in road trips. ๐Ÿ™‚

    23 . Mar . 2016
  5. Pearliza Paguio

    A very timely reminder, and will come in handy when we plan to go for a trip this Holy Week. Thanks for sharing!

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    23 . Mar . 2016
  6. Nini Perez

    Great tips and very true too! I was actually discussing car safety with my husband this morning.Very timely! He doesn’t know how to drive (I do), and he has these big thoughts that he’d go driving to bicol (his hometown) to practice. According to him, he’d come out a better driver. I told him, if he wants to practice, going to bicol is not really the way to go. Ang steep kaya ng roads sa quezon part plus cliffs. Goodness! Hahaha.

    23 . Mar . 2016
    • Ayi

      I remember going to Bicol a few times, one time pa nag-bus lang kami. Grabe. Sumakit ulot ko sa bus driver! LOL. Yeah, I agree. Mahirap ang daan going to Bicol. Hehe

      23 . Mar . 2016
  7. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    We are getting our new car (yieeehh!) , it’s our first car and these tips are really helpful.

    24 . Mar . 2016
    • Ayi

      Wow. Congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚ Maintenance lang and the car will surely last for years ๐Ÿ™‚

      24 . Mar . 2016
  8. Nostalgic Momma

    This is an article worth sharing in Top Gear Philippines! ๐Ÿ™‚ Too bad, we don’t have a car yet. And hindi ko rin alam kung ideal pa ba dito sa metro. Very congested na ang roads! Huhu. But this shall be useful to other car-owners who are heading on a Holy Week Vacation.

    24 . Mar . 2016
  9. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    Yes, I agree with your list. Mahirap na esp pag malayo ang pupuntahan. Hayyy, take it from me who learned it the hard way, hahaha.

    24 . Mar . 2016
  10. Mamanee San Luis

    Great tips! I do think that most car owners don’t do a thorough check, so this is definitely a check list to follow. ๐Ÿ™‚

    24 . Mar . 2016
  11. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    Thanks for those tips! Kaya lang Team Bahay lang kami ngayong Holy week eh..

    25 . Mar . 2016
  12. BA Isla

    Great tips. As for me, I’ll stay at home muna. ๐Ÿ™‚

    25 . Mar . 2016
  13. msbolin

    So kind and thoughtful of you to share some travel tips. My mom and I will fetch my kids in Pangasinan on Sunday morning so this post is very helpful. Thanks!

    25 . Mar . 2016
  14. ninasogue

    I don’t know a thing about cars so these are helpful! I’m sure hubby knows about this, but I’d still remind him just in case ๐Ÿ™‚

    25 . Mar . 2016
  15. Maan Laxa

    Your reminders are spot-on! We aren’t going anywhere during the holidays but these tips are timeless.

    26 . Mar . 2016
  16. Joy Gurtiza

    Awesome tips, I will keep that in mind! ๐Ÿ™‚

    27 . Mar . 2016
  17. celin mendoza

    It is a must to check your car when you are having a looong drive. These are very useful tips that we should always remember. =)

    01 . Apr . 2016
  18. rollcoastermom

    These are truly great trips. We haven’t been to a road trip this summer yet because of my pregnancy but I hope we can have one soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    18 . Apr . 2016

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