Here’s how you can ensure your safety on a long drive

Going the Distance? Here’s how you can ensure your safety as you embark on a long drive and making the most out of the Holy Week.

Traditionally, holy week is the time for Filipinos to reflect on their lives and be with their family and loved ones. We would take this opportunity to embark on out-of-town trips to see our relatives or have a getaway to take a break from the fast-paced life. 

And the good news is the National Capital Region (NCR) and other areas in the country are now under Alert Level 1. It means intrazonal or interzonal travel is allowed without restrictions amid the ongoing pandemic. For that reason, we can easily plan and hit the road for long drives. 

However, as long-distance travel needs more effort from your vehicle, road mishaps or accidents can occur. According to a study published by the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 1.3 million people in the world die annually due to road crashes.

Ensuring your safety 

That is why it is vital to ensure that your vehicle’s essential parts and fluids are in tip-top condition and at the correct levels before your journey. Prestone, a proven and trusted quality brand of Auto Care fluids since 1927 and a road safety advocate, reminds you to always keep in mind and check BLOCBAGETS ahead of your long drive this holy week. 


Brake Fluid. It aids in adding the pressure required to slow or stop your vehicle. Low brake fluid leads to less hydraulic pressure, affecting the performance of your braking system. With that in mind, it is vital to maintain its appropriate level. 


Lights. Inspect all your vehicle’s lights. See if they are working so you can replace any malfunctioning or broken bulbs. 

Oil. It is an essential component for your engine to perform correctly. Make sure that your vehicle has the proper oil level and color. If you observe that it has a black or brown color, ensure to change it right away. 


Coolant. A coolant prevents the engine from overheating. It also protects your cooling system from any corrosion. Remember to examine your coolant’s level before your long drive. 


Battery. Check your car battery for any physical damage caused by overheating or overcharging. Ensure that there would be no indications of problems or unsecured connections in its terminals, attached cables, or clamps. Make sure that it is in full charge so the battery will not die on your journey. 

Air. Examine if your tires have the correct air pressures to increase fuel economy. Use a tire gauge pressure to check. 

Gas. Look at your fuel gauge to see its level. Remember to fill up your gas tank. It will save you the inconvenience of finding a gas station while on the road. 

Engine. Inspect if it has leaks that require fixing. Always be on the lookout for any weird noises, like knocking or clicking, that may signify a problem. 

Tires. Check for any signs of damage, such as bubbles, tears, or punctures. Ensure that your tires’ tread depths are in good condition. 

Self. Of course, make sure you are well and rested to help you stay sharp down the road. 

To reinforce its commitment to advocating road safety this holy week, Prestone also supports the Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko (SMSK) Motorist Assistance Program of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC). It aims to ensure a safer and smoother journey for drivers when traveling this coming holiday at MPTC-owned expressways, such as North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX), and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX). 

This program reminds motorists to observe the speed limit, proper distance between vehicles, and avoidance of swerving, among others, to be safe. 

Meanwhile, this holy week, Prestone provides reliable and trusted products to help your vehicle stay in good condition and achieve its maximum performance. 

The right coolant 

Prestone offers world-class coolants for different types of vehicles. Whether new or old, the Prestone Asian Vehicles Antifreeze + Coolant maintains your vehicle’s engine temperature and avoids freezing. It also protects against unnecessary buildups and corrosion in your vehicle’s cooling system parts. 


This coolant caters to any vehicle’s model due to its patented and upgraded Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT), Organic Acid Technology (OAT), and Phosphate Organic Acid Technology (POAT) formulas. It is available in three variants such as Asian RED, Asian BLUE, and Asian GREEN. 

A trusted and excellent brake fluid 

For a reliable and trusted brake fluid for your vehicle’s braking system that delivers the best possible care for all its related parts, use only Prestone’s DOT 3 or DOT 4 Synthetic Hi-Temp Brake Fluid.


As it exceeds the standard requirements, it gives an incredible performance in high-temperature braking systems and provides 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. 

Your vehicle’s perfect disinfecting partner 

A long drive can expose you to various people and surfaces. And while we are already at a relaxed alert level, it is still critical to be ready and stay on guard against the COVID-19 virus. To help prevent its spread and keep everyone on board safe, ensure to bring Prestone Disinfecting Car Wipes and make it your one-minute habit to wipe down the high-touch surfaces inside your vehicle. 

In just one minute, these disinfecting wipes can eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including the COVID-19 virus. These are safe to use on the dashboard, console, steering wheel, window buttons, door handles, and gear stick, among others. (Follow usage instructions as per label). 

“As we reflect on our lives this holy week and spend it with our loved ones, we must ensure our safety when we travel. We at Prestone has always been an advocate for road safety. That is why we promote and encourage motorists to check their BLOCBAGETS to keep their vehicles safe and secure and follow the traffic rules and regulations on the road. We also hope that with the help of our products, we can observe the holy week a lot safer.”

– Monique Gonzales, marketing manager for Southeast Asia at Clorox International

Prestone also wants to remind motorists to buy Prestone Asian Vehicles Antifreeze + Coolant, Prestone’s DOT 3 and DOT 4 Synthetic Hi-Temp Brake Fluids, and Prestone Disinfecting Car Wipes from reputable stores and distributors. It is to make sure that they only get genuine Prestone products to prevent accidents or car damage. 

To know its authenticity, 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 Philippine Standards. Many counterfeit products also have 900ml packaging. 

Aside from coolants, brake fluids, and car wipes, Prestone has other cutting-edge car care products, such as motor oils, power steering fluids, and more. 

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