MANILA, Philippines (4 April 2017) - Holy week is just around the corner and while many would use this time to stay at home and reflect, a good number of Filipinos take this as an opportunity for a much needed road trip.
To guarantee a safe and hassle-free drive, Ford shares some tips to consider before hitting the road:
- Plan Your Trip
Allot extra time on your road trip so that you can afford changes in your schedule. Delays are the one thing that you can count on when driving long distances while hundreds of fellow travelers are doing the same. Building in extra time can help keep you relaxed on the drive, and will allow you to take breaks along the way. Remember, the shortest route isn’t always the fastest route, aim to avoid roads that are prone to congestion during peak hours.
- Check and declutter your car
Before hitting the road, remember to keep your car spick and span where everything is stored properly. Clutter like cans and plastic bottles can have dangerous consequences. When the car is in motion, these items could roll forward and catch under the brake or accelerator pedal, preventing the driver from operating the vehicle properly.
- Maintain Your Windows
Don’t compromise your vision with dirty glass – a clean windshield is just as important as keeping your eyes open when driving, especially at night. Streaks can cause dangerous glares on the windshield, windows and mirrors, so avoid touching them with your hands. Make sure you also clean them regularly by keeping a soft cloth in your door pockets.
- Stay Alert
Sure, you might be a great driver but don’t assume that everyone else on the road is. Always be vigilant – double check for oncoming traffic whenever you cross an intersection or stop sign, even if you have the right of way. Take an extra moment to watch for oncoming cars when your red light turns green, and leave extra room for other vehicles.
- Keep the babies safe, comfortable, and happy
For parents out there, driving with kids on-board can be tricky. If hours on the road can make an adult restless, even more so for kids. This can lead to tantrums, which can be quite distracting—especially for the driver. To avoid this, make sure to have your child’s favorite toys to keep them entertained, and help keep the driver focused on the road. Snacks and drinks will also help your child be less fussed.
- Equip yourself with helpful tech
Not only is it outdated, but reading a foldout map can be dangerous. Ditch the paper and use helpful apps to get you through the trip. And if your car has built-in technologies, you better make the most out of it.
- Choose the appropriate vehicle for your trip
They say the journey matters more than the destination. To make sure you make the most out of your journey, choose a car that not only fits your lifestyle but is also equipped with smart technologies, tough to tackle any type of terrain, and comfortable enough to get you through the Drive.
Ford offers an impressive line-up that will match any trip or long drive. Fancy city driving? The Ford Ecosport is your go-to, versatile car. For those who want to try something different, take your getaway up a notch and make your adventures extraordinary with Ford Everest. Lastly, off-roads are no big deal with the Ranger. Ford’s tough and smart truck can take you to any terrain with minimum effort.