The Do's and Don'ts When Driving in Manila

The Do's and Don'ts When Driving in Manila

It is no secret that navigating Manila's busy streets and chaotic traffic can be challenging. The impact of traffic goes beyond inconvenience and wasted time. It also affects the mental and emotional well-being of drivers and commuters, leading to stress, fatigue, and even road rage. Furthermore, traffic congestion contributes to air pollution and environmental degradation. It is important to understand the gravity of the situation and take steps to mitigate its effects.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What should everyone keep in mind when driving in Manila?

    When driving in Manila, make sure to follow traffic rules and regulations, stay alert and focused, know your route and plan ahead, and stay calm and patient in traffic jams.
  • What should everyone avoid when driving in Manila?

    When in Manila, do not drive aggressively, do not neglect vehicle maintenance, and do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • We list down the dos and don'ts that Filipino drivers need to keep in mind to stay safe and effectively maneuver through the city's bustling thoroughfares.

    DO: Follow traffic rules and regulations

    To ensure road safety and help minimize traffic congestion, it is important to follow traffic rules and regulations. This includes familiarizing yourself with traffic signs and signals, such as stop signs, yield signs, and traffic lights. Make sure to obey these signals and follow the right-of-way rules.

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    Aside from traffic signals, keep in mind the posted speed limits and lane markings. Stick to the speed limit, especially in residential areas, schools, and construction zones. Also, avoid weaving in and out of traffic or changing lanes unnecessarily. It is essential to be a responsible driver and respect other road users.

    Also read: Here are the fines and violations under the single ticketing system

    DON’T: Drive aggressively

    Aggressive driving is a major issue in Manila's traffic. It involves reckless behavior, such as tailgating, cutting off other vehicles, and honking excessively. It is important to understand that aggressive driving endangers the lives of all road users and can result in accidents and fatalities.

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    Also, do not use your horn aggressively, as this can cause unnecessary stress and tension on the road. Instead, show patience and respect for other road users.

    Also read: Know your limits: The comprehensive guide to speed limits in the Philippines

    DO: Stay alert and focused while driving

    Staying alert and focused while driving is a must to avoid accidents and ensure road safety. Avoid distractions such as using your phone, eating, or applying makeup while driving. Also, make sure to get enough rest and avoid driving when fatigued.

    VW Santana Driving

    To stay alert on the road, use your senses to scan your surroundings and anticipate potential hazards. Also, keep a safe distance from other vehicles and avoid tailgating. Finally, be aware of weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly. By staying alert and focused, you can ensure your safety and that of others on the road.

    DON’T: Neglect vehicle maintenance

    As a driver, it is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle is in good working condition before hitting the roads. Neglecting vehicle maintenance not only puts you and your passengers at risk, but it also endangers other road users.

    Mazda Preventive Maintenance Service (PMS)

    Regular vehicle maintenance ensures every part of your car is functioning correctly, reducing the likelihood of accidents caused by mechanical failures. Properly maintained vehicles also consume less fuel, emit fewer pollutants, and last longer.

    Some common vehicle maintenance tasks to perform regularly are oil changes, tire rotations, brake checks, and replacement of filters. It is also important to keep your headlights and taillights functional and clean to ensure optimal visibility while driving.

    Also read: WATCH: 'Prevention is better than cure' also applies to your car

    DO: Know your route and plan ahead

    Planning ahead and being familiarized with your route can save you time, fuel, and reduce the stress of driving in Manila.

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    Knowing your route in advance can help you avoid heavy traffic, accidents, and road closures. You can also plan ahead for tolls, parking, and alternate routes if necessary.

    There are plenty of online resources, maps, and GPS navigation systems available that can help you plan your route in advance. Make sure to check traffic reports and updates before starting your journey to avoid unexpected delays.

    DON’T: Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs

    Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only illegal in the Philippines, but it is also incredibly dangerous.

    Power of No anti-drunk driving campaign

    Studies show that alcohol and drug-impaired drivers have slower reaction times, poor judgment, and impaired vision, making them more likely to cause accidents. It is also important to note that alcohol and drugs can affect your sleep, making you more prone to drowsy driving.

    If you plan to drink, you must have a designated driver or use public transportation options like taxis, ride-sharing services, or buses.

    DO: Stay calm and patient in traffic jams

    Traffic jams in Manila are inevitable, but it is important to stay calm and patient while navigating them.

    Photo from Philippine News Agency

    Take deep breaths, listen to calming music or audiobooks, or practice mindfulness or meditation.

    Instead of getting frustrated, use your time in traffic wisely. You can catch up on phone calls or reply to emails if you are a passenger, or download podcasts, audiobooks, or language learning apps to use while driving. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to plan your day or just enjoy the scenery.

    Photos from Philippine News Agency, Metro Manila Development Authority, Department of Transportation, Roy Robles, Mazda Philippines, NLEX Corporation, and Power of No

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