10 driving mistakes you're probably making
We all know that you're not supposed to overspeed, blitz through red lights, or cut off other drivers in traffic. But there are other not-so-obvious manifestations of bad behavior that many local drivers think are normal. Let's take a look at some of the more common ones, why they're wrong and what to do to correct them.
1. The five-minute warm-up. Engine oils and parts need to be warmed up before use. They do not, however, need to be warmed up for this long. Even in the coldest weather you'll see in the Philippines, the time it takes to belt up and adjust the mirrors is enough to get the oil circulating.
What's right: As with people, the best warm-up for cars is light exercise. "Walk" the car for a few blocks at low revs before "jogging." And once the temperature gauge reaches normal or the "cold" light goes out, you can finally let it "run."
2. Abusing the hazard button. This is technical editor Ferman Lao's pet peeve. Hazard lights are used by many drivers to drop off passengers in the middle of the street, make illegal U-Turns or go against the flow of traffic on one-way streets.
What's right: If you wouldn't do it with your hazards off, don't do it with them on. Blinking yellow lights don't make you immune to traffic-violation tickets or accidents.
3. Blinkers in the rain. We've covered this before, and we'll keep covering it until drivers finally wise up.
What's right: If you can't see, pull over to the right and get off the road as soon as possible. If you're driving at 100kph in the blinding rain with your hazards on, you are either reckless or simply misinformed. We hope it's the latter.
(Read: Ensure wet-road safety with these practical tips)
4. The zombie stare. Many drivers suffer the "Wandering Eye," distracted by cell phones, underwear billboards, and the occasional supercar. But that's obviously wrong, so we'll cover something less obvious: staring down the road. This causes tunnel vision, where things even slightly to the side fade from view.
What's right: Your eyes should scan back and forth, and occasionally to the mirrors to "refresh" your mental map of traffic, identifying potential dangers like pedestrians and tricycles waiting to dart across the road. This also allows you to identify escape lanes in case you need to swerve to avoid an accident.
5. My lane! Insisting on your right of way in traffic is a nasty habit. If you don't move forward when the car in front of you does, it's both impolite and dangerous to suddenly zoom forward to block people trying to merge. If you collide, you will be found at fault!
What's right: When roads narrow from two lanes to one, it's also polite to practice alternate or zipper merging, ensuring that traffic moves freely behind you.
6. Mixed signals. See that turn-signal stalk beside the steering wheel? You're not supposed to use it while making a left turn in traffic.
What's right: You're supposed to signal 50m before making a left turn. Or a right turn. Or when changing lanes. Letting other drivers know where you're going makes it easier for them to avoid you. Oh, and make sure to turn off your signal afterward. Nothing is more irritating than someone driving down the highway with their turn signal or high beams permanently on.
7. The highway high beam. Let's get this straight: "High" doesn't mean "highway."
What's right: High beams are only for use in complete darkness, where you need to see hundreds of meters ahead. Otherwise, they irritate drivers sitting in front of you and blind oncoming drivers. They don't actually light obstacles right in front of you, like that sharp piece of debris the car in front of you just swerved around. You could have seen that debris if you weren't tailgating.
8. Tailgating. Safe following distances on the road are measured in time, not distance. This is because distance increases the faster you go.
What's right: The oft-quoted two-second rule prescribes a distance of two car-lengths at 20kph, five at 60kph and 10 at 100kph. Yes, even if you're five cars away at 100kph, you're too close. "My reflexes aren't that slow," you might say. While people can indeed react to brake lights in less than a second, responding to unexpected hazards can take an extra 1.5 to 3 seconds. Hazards like passengers jumping from buses, truck tires exploding, or wheels flying off decrepit old vans.
If, on the other hand, someone is tailgating you dangerously, pull aside and slow down gently, to encourage them to overtake you. If you ignore this, you might find yourself involved in a multi-car accident, like the poor driver who got sandwiched between two buses recently.
9. Leftist philosophy. No, we're not talking politics. We're talking about the left-lane habit.
What's right: People, "left-hand drive" doesn't mean driving on the left! Granted, the right lane in the city is filled to bursting with immobile jeepneys, roadside vendors and parked cars. But sitting in the leftmost lane on the open highway forces overtaking cars to pass you on your blind side. It's also illegal, by the way, and worth a ticket when the enforcers feel like enforcing the rules. And keeping left on two-lane provincial roads, facing rampaging buses with bad brakes…well, that's just stupid.
10. Riding your brakes or brake-tapping. Brakes have just one purpose: stopping the car. Yet many people use them like an "anti-accelerator," which they tap every time they're going slightly too fast. This is irritating for drivers behind you, and causes a cascade of braking, creating what is called a shockwave traffic jam, which is explained in the video below.
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Isa na naman pong truck ang sumalpok at humambalang sa C5 Bagong Ilog (Southbound) kanto ng URC , "the killer turn".
Kaya naman wag ka ng umasa hindi ka mali-late sa trabaho. Pakitampal na rin po ito sa boss niyo!
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From the moment we touched 'til the time had run out.
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This is Gabriel Aquino. A.k.a. Gabby
On May 14, 2016. Gabby and his group decided to go home after hanging out together. Laila Sulaik, who was already tipsy at that time, went to the driver’s seat, and insisted on driving for everyone.
Gabby tried to convince Laila that he take her place, knowing he was the only one sober, but Laila was already set.
He told Laila to slow down as she was going on at around 100-120 km/h at Mamay Road, nearing a blind curve.
Laila attempted to overtake the vehicle in front of them by swerving to the opposite, but was met with an upcoming vehicle.
The three vehicles collided resulting to Gabby’s death. Laila fled the gruesome scene after the incident.
Up until no warrant has been filed and Laila is in hiding. The charge against her is Qualified Reckless Imprudence Resulting to Homicide.
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Dahil ako lang gising sa FX, I will have a micro-analysis of what is the current situation of our country or Metro Manila at the very least.
Bakit ako lang gising? Lahat ng pasahero tulog. Yun driver in-observe ko din. Papikit-pikit yun mata. Bakit? Umaga pa lang pero parang pagod na pagod na lahat. Ano nangyari kahapon?
I am a commuter. I take the route Antipolo-Ortigas Ext-C5-Kalayaan-EDSA-Ayala Ave (worst route). Dati basta umalis sa terminal yun fx before 6am, makakarating ako between 7-7:30am. Ngayon dapat before 5:15am umalis sa terminal. Doble (minsan triple) na yun travel time. Wala namang banggaan. Wala namang nagrarally.
Pagkarating sa opisina, magttrabaho ka nang 9hours kasama lunch break. Pag uwian na, magmamadali ako umalis. Dapat 4pm sharp batsi na para una ako sa pila ng terminal. Ma-late lang ako ng 15mins ang haba na agad ng pila. Tapos 2hours uli na biyahe. Dadating ako before 7pm, kakain lang tapos facebook onti. Tapos matutulog na uli para gumising uli nang maaga. And the routine continues.
Summary of my day (tsaka nun mga kasabay ko sa FX):
Travel time: 4-6hours (including waiting time)
Personal time: 3-5hours
Sleeping time: 4-6hours
Yan ang dahilan kung bakit tulog lahat ng nasa FX ngayon. Are you not frustrated? Is this what they call progress? To oppress the ordinary Filipinos working to boost our economy while the "investors" keep their profits? Do you feel dignified as a Filipino? They had 6years to somehow improve our mass transportation system. But no, most of the biddings and projects were halted. Why? Isn't it corruption? What continuity are you talking about? Sige tuloy natin 'to!
Dual Aircon jeep anyone?
Magkaka sale kaya ang honda q ave?
>Earlier today, fire broke out in Honda's Quezon Avenue dealership, escalating from first to fourth alarm in 30 minutes.
>According to the Quezon City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire broke out in the Human Resources room at about 1:30 AM. BFP Marshal Jesus Fernandez the fire was put under control by 2:57 AM and was put out by 3:00 AM. Although the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, Fernandez said the the source may have been electrical.
>fire led to over 40 cars being damaged which included the dealership's inventory and customer cars. The parts stockroom was also consumed by the fire. Joel Sevilla, general sales manager of Honda Car Service said that damage to the vehicles are estimated at Php 28 million. Structural damage was reported at PhP 2 million.
>Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.
>Despite the damage, Sevilla said that normal operations will resume in Honda Cars Quezon Avenue. BFP is currently conducting their investigation.
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An accident involving two jeepneys and one private vehicle occurred earlier this morning along Taft Avenue across Henry Sy Sr. Hall. The stalled vehicles took up two lanes of Taft Avenue, northbound.
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Another accident just right now involving a motorcycle. Tsk tsk
Ouch! Bagong bago pa naman yung Altis!
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Tsk tsk mga truck talaga dito sa Pinas. Ano kaya ang rason ng driver? Nawalan nanaman ng preno? Bulok na rason
Mayor tanong ko lng po kng cno ang mali dto pagbaba po ng flyover may isang bopol n pulis San Rafael ang nag left turn at nabangga po ny ung cnasakyan nmng jeep my rumisponde nmn pong pulis Malolos pr ang kxo ang kawawang driver n nanlalabasan lng ang pinagbayad nl ng 10,0000 pampagawa ng patrol bk nmn po pwdng paimbestigahan… Sy n nakabangga sy p nagkapera tsk tsk tsk kukunsintihin po b ntn to?salamat po!
Only stick shift drivers can understand this
Mag-ingat po tayong lahat sa UV driver na ito. Danny Sacay daw po ang name nya with plate number UWN 729. Ang lakas ng loob pumila sa UV Terminal Malolos, beside Phone World and Girlie's bakeshop, pero Novaliches po ang sign sa van nya… On our way to EDSA, may tumawag po sa cellphone nya telling him na may nanghuhuli daw sa may Balintawak. Without thinking twice, lahat kaming pasahero nya, including senior citizens, ay binaba nya sa Camachile. Ni hindi man lang kami nakarating ng EDSA at hindi man lang nag isip ng ibang route to get us to our destination. Hindi man lang kami tinransfer ng maayos sa ibang van or bus. Binigyan lang nya ng tig 20 pesos ung mga pasahero na hindi ko na kinuha sa sobrang inis. Binaba nya kami sa lugar na hindi mukang safe at wala naman talagang maayos na bus na masasakyan. Sa lugar na walang ibang choice kundi makipag unahan sa walang maayos na pila sa Camachile at tumayo sa siksikang bus. Good thing may nakita akong van na galing din Malolos na may binabang dalawang pasahero sa Camachile. Thank you sa driver na yun, sinakay naman nya ako at hindi na siningil ng pamasahe. Naibaba pa nya ako ng maayos sa LRT Roosevelt. Hindi ko na nakita ung ibang mga kasabay ko sa van, kawawa naman ung mga nakasabay kong senior citizens na makikipagsiksikan sa tayuang bus. Kaya next time to avoid hassle, iwasan na lang po natin ang ganitong mga mapansamantalang driver.
Starting 01 April 2015, no four (4)-wheeled motor vehicle can be used, driven or operated on the roads without being duly registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) pursuant to R.A. 4136, Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 and other applicable rules and regulations.
1. Any vehicle without license plates shall be stopped and the driver must present the Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt (OR) of the vehicle;
2. If only CR/OR are presented, a fine of Php 5,000.00 shall be imposed for failure to attach the plates;
3. In case Special Plates were applied for, the driver must present the OR for the payment;
4. If without CR/OR, the driver must present the following:
a. Certificate of Stock Reported;
b. Sales Invoice, which must be dated within seven (7) days prior to the apprehension; and
c. Certificate of Insurance Cover, which must be dated on or after the date of the Sales Invoice.
5. In the absence of any of the above, the vehicle owner shall be fined the amount of Php 10,000.00 for using an unregistered vehicle and the driver shall be fined the amount of Php 1,000.00 and cited for
6. Further, if at the time of apprehension the date of the Sales Invoice exceeds thirty-seven (37) days from the date of purchase, the vehicle shall be impounded;
7. This is without prejudice to the liability of the concerned manufacturer, assembler, importer and dealer; and
8. All apprehensions may be contested within five (5) days therefrom.
For strict compliance.
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Ang tagal nang bumaba ang gasolina tapos ngayon lang din nag baba ng pasahe ang taxi. Kelan kaya sa jeep at bus?
Ford mustang speed dating prank lol
Tsk tsk another reason why they need to install speed limiters on buses and trucks. Have the top speed limit set at 50 kph
Numbeo, a crowdsourced global database and multinational research firm, has published its Traffic Index for Country 2015 which placed the Philippines among the top ten countries in the world with the worst traffic conditions.
According to Numbeo’s report, the Philippines has a Traffic Index of 202.31 which puts the country in 9th place worldwide. The report also shows the Philippines with a Time Index (in minutes) of 45.50 and an Inefficiency Index of 217.82.
In the explanation of indices, Traffic Index refers to the “composite index of time consumed in traffic due to job commute, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction, CO2 consumption estimation in traffic and overall inefficiencies in the traffic system.” Time Index is “an average one way time needed to transport, in minutes.” While Inefficiency Index “is an estimation of inefficiencies in the traffic, with high inefficiencies it assumes driving, long commute times, etc.”
GMA Network sought the comment of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino about Numbeo’s report. Tolentino said that the report must also be viewed as “an indication of the country’s growing economy and population.” Although he admitted that it “affirms the country’s dire need for a more efficient transport system and the decentralization of Metro Manila.”
Not a year goes by without a single, outrageous case of road rage making it to the headlines. These days, such incidents also trend on social media, with netizens conducting their own trial (usually by bashing the culprit).
But for now, let's stop casting stones and fight road rage together. Because admit it: You once honked your horn unnecessarily. You once cursed endlessly because of a reckless driver. And you once loathed a traffic enforcer. Do remember that in addition to a person's daily anxiety sources, there exist constant stressors, the monstrous traffic jam among them.
So, how can you keep your cool while you're behind the wheel? We asked our team members to share their most effective road-rage prevention tips. Read on and feel free to share your own in the comment box below.
* Stick a photo of your family–especially kids, if you're a parent–to the sun visor. Look at the photo every time you get the urge to curse at another motorist. You'll be reminded that life is still beautiful in spite of stupid drivers that occasionally get in your way. - Vernon B. Sarne, editor in chief
* EQ and self-control are mental muscles you need to strengthen. Work out every day, and you'll be a better person as you grow older. But always keep your phone charged to capture the next bastard who loses it on the road. - Dinzo Tabamo, online associate editor
* Let every effing annoying thing go. I make up my own excuses for the driver, even though I have no means of verifying them. The classic imaginary excuse is that they have to rush to the bathroom. And when I can't think of any, I will then justify my urge to sing Frozen's 'Let It Go.' - Tracy Carpena, online managing editor
* I usually get upset when a driver turns left or right without using his signal lights. I just think about the time and energy I'll waste if I get angry. So I just let it pass. Just remember that these annoying motorists are also taxpayers, so like you, they're entitled to use the road. - Raynand Olarte, art director
* Never rush to where you are going. If drivers around me are jerks, I just keep calm and place myself above it all. I assume other drivers are crazy and capable of extreme violence, so I keep my distance. It isn't worth it to get into a fight. - Paulo Rafael Subido, print associate editor
* Eat chocolates to take your mind off the stressful situation. - Stephanie Maureen Asi, print managing editor
* It's irritating as there are only a few courteous drivers, but you have to think of the bigger picture. Get into an argument, and then what? - Jason dela Cruz, test drive editor
* Plan your trips and schedule them properly. The more prepared you are in keeping a schedule, the less anxious and stressed you will be. Your schedule serves as goalposts for your progress and accomplishments each day. A priest taught me that. - Botchi Santos, consumer editor
* Simply accept that some people are born to be pricks, so just let it go. - Ferman Lao, technical editor
* Any offensive driving is nothing personal against you. It's nothing to get upset about. - Robby Consunji, off-road editor
* Place a really humorous bumper sticker. - Beeboy Bargas, associate off-road editor
* Play happy, catchy songs to get rid of the negative mood. Sing along if you must. - Elaine Lara, editorial assistant
* Exchange every opportunity for road rage with a chance to be extra courteous. Take a deep breath, relax and give another motorist or pedestrian a break. I also remind myself that cameras are everywhere, and I wouldn't want to see myself go viral on Top Gear Philippines' Facebook page. - Andy Leuterio, writer and online columnist
* Don't honk your horn. It just puts stress on yourself and everyone around you. - Mikko David, photographer and blogger
* Imagine your lola is the one driving the other vehicle. Believe in karma, both good and bad. - Carlo Chungunco, writer
* Watch your blood sugar. Hunger-related stress feeds road rage just as surely as that PUV driver blocking both lanes ahead. Have a steady supply of crackers and drinks. Or better yet, stop for a snack. Chocolates are a quick serotonin fix, but the sugar rush from sweets is often followed by a sugar crash, which can make you even more irritable than before. That's the life of a diabetic driver. - Niky Tamayo, writer
* I always remind myself of this Bruce Lee quote: "A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough." Stay cool and keep calm, my friends. - Andrew Guerrero, writer
* Install a karaoke or videoke system. Always go for a 100% score! - Aris Ilagan, print columnist
* I just keep silent. - The Stig, tame racing driver
Another tip: If you always seethe in anger each time you drive, consider seeking psychological help. It may be a sign of intermittent explosive disorder.
Artwork by Lloyd de Guzman
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