Whether you are going for a short one-hour trip to Tagaytay or heading 6 to 8 hours up north to Baguio, the last thing you need is a flat tire, faulty electrical wiring, or a dead battery. Don’t let a supposedly memorable and adventurous trip turn into your worst nightmare by simply honestly answering these questions.
Do I know how to change a flat tire?
If your answer is no, it’s time to learn this essential skill. Not only it will prevent from paying towing fees, you can avoid the hassle of calling for help. Do make sure that you bring a spare tire that's fully inflated. You can refer to your car’s manual so you will know where to position the jack stand. For a systematic guide, you should read our take on how to replace a flat tire like a pro article.
When was the last time I had my car checked?
If it’s been months or even years, it's now time head to your preferred dealership branch and schedule a PMS. Whether your vehicle’s need engine oil or more brake fluid, they will be able to give you in-depth information on what repair and maintenance needs to be done.
Do I know the emergency hotlines?
Having a list of emergency hotlines in your phone can give you peace of mind that a police or a traffic enforcer can immediately attend to your travel woes. See the list below for your reference.
METRO MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (MMDA)
Trunkline: (02) 882-4150-77 loc. 337 (rescue), 319 (Road Safety), 320 (Road Emergency)
South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Customer Assistance:
Landline: (02) 888-8787
Globe-text only: (0915) 625-6231
Smart-text only: (0939) 500-6910
Sun-text only: (0923) 597-6105
Manila Traffic Hotline
Front desk: (02)527-3087
Traffic Investigation: (02)527-3088
North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) hotlines
Do I have car tools?
Double check if the tool set issued by the dealer has everything that you need to change a flat tire, cut wires, or do other necessary repairs that you may come across during the travel. If not, it's time to go to the nearest trusted car accessory shop and do some shopping.
Do I have a copy of my car’s documents?
In case you run into a problem, you can easily present all the necessary documents to the authorities. These include the original and a photocopy printouts of your car's official receipt, car registration, insurance form, and driver's license.
Before revving your car’s engine and hitting the open road to your next destination make sure that you and your vehicle are prepared.