Driving in the Philippines requires a lot of skills. That's why most people say, if you survive driving in the Philippines, you can drive safely anywhere in the world.
Here are the Do's and Don’ts for a hassle free and safe driving.
1. AVOID ROAD RAGE
Road rage is very common especially when you are stuck in traffic. If someone cuts in front of you, stay cool and give way instead of not letting them in as it has a higher probability of causing an accident.
2. AVOID OVER SPEEDING
Brand New Sports car, Exotic cars, JD M's, or regular sedan, it's fun to go over the speed limit as it satisfies your adrenaline cravings for speed. But remember that there is a reason for those speed limits, and you are always putting yourself and others in danger by going over it.
3. AVOID RECKLESS DRIVING
Yes, you have that fast car, you can drive faster (and more aggressive than the other drivers around you). You can drive like Hamilton making EDSA your racetrack, then suddenly, another Schumacher wannabe cuts you and you lost control. Then - poof - you got served. What's worst? It left you paying for tons of hospital bills and repairs. Driving faster and wilder than the others does not make you a better driver.
4. CHECK YOUR VEHICLE
Going out for a long drive or a short trip to work? make sure you check your vehicle before you drive out. 30 minutes to one hour of checking won't hurt much rather than spending few more hours on the road waiting for the tow truck to arrive.
5. BE A DEFENSIVE DRIVER
Defensive driving exempts you from accidents? Not exactly. Even if you practice all the safety tips, there are still other drivers who disregards theirs and others safety on the road. Always watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, and reckless drivers that can get you involved in an accident.
6. AVOID DISTRACTION
Got that hot girl as your shotgun, your mom/dad lecturing you, a beautiful roadside scenery, or a text message/call you receive on your phone while driving - can cause you to lose your focus on the road. A second your attention is off the road is a second that an accident can happen. Always pay attention to the road when driving.
7. NEVER DRIVE WITHOUT LICENSE
It's your birthday and your parents decided to give you a brand-new car! You have a few driving sessions from your friends or siblings before, yeah you can definitely hit the road. But a license is not a decoration for your wallet. It's a privilege given to individuals worthy of operating a motorized vehicle. On a layman's view, no license means not worthy of driving, and tons of financial damages, worst, your life, when you got involved in an accident.
8. MIND THE PEDESTRIAN
You slowdown on intersections and pedestrian lanes, keeps the yellow box open, and gives way to other vehicles turning, then along a straight road, a pedestrian suddenly made a cha-cha in the middle of the road. Yes, you practice safety driving and is knowledgeable of the rules of the road, but others are not, especially most pedestrians, so always watch out for them - and animals. They can give you a scare better than opening your empty wallet a day after payday.
9. AVOID DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
Yes, you mastered all the previous tips and also read a lot of safety tips online, and took many safety driving courses, then you forgot that you're driving home on the night that your best friend invited you over for a party. You still tried to practice your safe driving knowledge while driving back home after downing a couple bottle of alcohol. You're intoxicated, you saw a ninja road barrier, you tried avoiding it but your reflexes we're not cooperating as usual, you hit it, and then next thing you know, you're in the hospital. It's better to take a cab home when you know you are going to drink. Avoid drink and driving to avoid accidents. Yes, you can always say you can still go home safely, but statistics say otherwise.
10. BE INSURED
You'll never know when an accident will hit you. You can be as defensive as possible in driving, or even just walking on the sidewalks or crossing the streets. The fact is that, there are others who disregards theirs and others safety. Always be prepared for times where you'll be involved in an accident and get hurt. Don't let it hurt your wallet more. Get that insurance your friend always talks to you about. That affordable Personal Accident Insurance that costs less than your favorite chicken, or coffee, or milk tea. Believe us, it’s always a relief knowing someone is there to take care of things for you.