How to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition for those inevitable long drives

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The National Capital Region and some of its nearby provinces are now placed under a higher alert level status due to the upward trend in the number of cases. This means stricter safety protocols and limited outside activities for Filipinos. 

Long drives, however, are inevitable for some. For instance, some frontliners need to drive to and from their work. If you’re one of those who travel on a regular basis, here are some reminders from Prestone before you hit the road.  

Bring a travel health kit

When you’re traveling, you will inevitably be exposed to different surfaces, may it be at checkpoints, gasoline stations, or tollgates. Make it a habit to wipe down high-touch surfaces of your vehicle with Prestone Disinfecting Car Wipes. It is safe to use on the dashboard, console, steering wheel, window buttons, door handles, and gear stick, among others.

Of course, don’t forget to include in your travel kit a few spares of face masks, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or alcohol, and even a first aid kit, just in case. 

Inspect and maintain your brakes

If your brake pedal has a spongy feeling every time it’s pushed, this indicates that your brakes need to get checked and fixed. Also, be on the lookout if your brakes produce a sharp squeal as you drive your vehicle. It may mean that you need new brake pads. 

Prestone has reliable and trusted brake fluids for your vehicle’s braking system, delivering the best possible care for all its related parts. Exceeding the standard requirements, Prestone’s DOT 3 and DOT 4 Synthetic Hi-Temp Brake Fluids is made for high-temperature braking systems and provides an increased fluid life of 50,000 miles. It also prevents all metal corrosion within the braking system and is suitable for a disc, drum, and anti-lock braking system. 

Examine and fuel your engine

Early detection of an engine problem may save you trouble on the road. It’s always better to ensure that your engine has no leaks or strange noises that would indicate problems. 

Prestone has a variety of motor oils suitable for gasoline or diesel engines to help your engine achieve its best performance and maintain its tip-top condition.  

Made in Singapore, Prestone Motor Oil is packed with quality base oils and significant additives that assist in reaching a high viscosity rate. It is approved by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the largest oil and natural gas trade corporation in the U.S., marking it with an API Donut.  

Look at your tires, battery, and other essential components and fluids

Your vehicle’s tires are the only components in contact with the ground, which is why you should always pay attention to their air pressures and tread depths and look for bubbles, bulges, or visible damages.  

Don’t forget to check, too, your vehicle’s battery; the bulbs in your headlights, brake lights, hazard lights, turn signals, and taillights; and the levels of your coolant, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid.

To make sure you are getting your money’s worth and your vehicle is safe, buy only from reputable stores and distributors. To know if the Prestone product is authentic, check the product details and look for misspelled texts and information on the labels. Be sure it has a PS mark or ICC stickers issued by the Bureau of Product Standards of the Philippines.

Have a safe drive! 

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