If you’re planning to take a long road trip to take advantage of the long, government-sanctioned Holy Week holiday—which also means we’re getting paid to kick back and catch up on our sleep for the next four days (or you can also opt to, you know, pray)—then you better make sure your car can handle the journey. After all, the last thing you’d want as you make your way to the province is for your car to break down in the middle of nowhere.
You really don't want this happening. Well, wait...
Now, there’s a widely-used motoring term to help you out in that area and it’s BLOWBAG, which is the acronym for Brakes, Lights, Oil, Water, Battery, Air, and Gasoline. Let’s break that down for you just to be safe!
Get your brakes checked. If the brake pads are on the thin side, have it replaced with new ones. This is especially important if you’ll be driving up a mountainous area like Baguio since you’ll need all the help you can get to slow down in the downhill areas.
Also, check your car’s brake line and fluid to make sure there are no leaks.
When the long road trip you’ve got planned will happen at nighttime. A pair of working headlights will help prevent you from going off the road and into a ditch or hitting a hapless goat or aswang along those poorly lit provincial roads. You’d also want to check your taillights and turn signals since you don’t want the car behind you to plow into you because the driver didn’t see you or know if you were making a turn or going straight.
Your engine needs enough lubrication to run properly, especially if it’ll be running for hours on your road trip. If your engine oil’s running low, you run the risk of having the engine break down and, in the end, replacing it completely. We don’t have to tell you that is hella expensive compared to, at the very least, a P2,000 oil change package at your nearest service station.