7 safety tips for driving during traffic congestion in the Philippines

Jan 23, 2018
Following these 7 tips, you will survive driving in the Philippines' heavy traffic.

Traffic congestion has always been one of the most serious issues in big cities, especially during peak hours. If you are living in Metro Manila, chances are you have to suffer road rage and anger behind the wheel during heavy traffic at least once every week.

The traffic jam

The traffic congestion even gets worst during the peak hours

There is nothing worse than getting stuck for hours in the traffic jam. While this annoying situation seems to be unavoidable and too familiar with urban motorists, it is still important to remember some rules so as to ensure the safety of you as a driver and other passengers.

Today, Philkotse.com would like to suggest the following 7 driving safety tips for surviving traffic congestion in the Philippines.

How To Drive To Reduce A Traffic Jam

1. Maintain a steady speed & use the right lane

Driving at the right lane and obeying road signs will help you avoid accidents and other traffic problems. Maintaining a steady speed is also important because accidents are more likely to happen when drivers suddenly speed up or slow down while in a heavy traffic.

Street lanes

Using in the right lane and obeying road signs will help you avoid accidents or other traffic problems

2. Look over your shoulders into the blind spot

Although rear-view mirrors allow motorists to have a wide angle of the surroundings behind, there are areas that you can’t observe in the mirrors which are the blind spots. Overlooking your shoulders helps minimize blind spots, especially when you want to change lane or back your car.

So besides looking at the rear-view mirrors, you also need to observe carefully the nearby vehicles.

car's blind spots

There are areas that you can’t observe in the mirrors which are the blind spots

3. Maintain a safe following distance when driving

You should keep at least 60cm of space between your car and the vehicle in front of you so that you can avoid hitting it if you brake abruptly. And remember to press the brakes very firmly when you need to stop.

Safe distance between cars

The safe distance between cars is at least 60cm

4. Use the steering wheel carefully to guide your car correctly

At rush hours, turning the car at intersections is really difficult. You need to turn your steering wheel carefully and flexibly, and try to do it as quick as possible in order not to jam the road.

turning a car

Turn your steering wheel carefully to guide your car correctly

5. Use the signal light

Using the signal light helps other road users know you plan to change lanes. This will keep you and other drivers safe and prevent accidents. However, you need to signal early enough to let them know your movement from afar. Don’t signal too early because you may give the wrong message to vehicles behind.

Signal light on a side mirror of a car

Using a signal light helps other road users know your movement

6. Always equip your car with the rear-view mirrors

All cars should be equipped with rear-view mirrors. Sometimes we need to look backwards to see if there is a car approaching us from behind, for example when we want to turn our direction or stop abruptly. The rear-view mirrors help you observe the vehicles behind, especially at intersections or when you want to change lanes.

>>> Read more: How to adjust rear-view mirrors for a safe drive

a driver looking at the Rear-view mirror in a car

The rear-view mirrors help you observe behind, especially at intersections or when you want to turn direction

7. Choose your parking spot carefully

Choosing a parking spot in heavy traffic congestion is really hard! To avoid a parking ticket or other traffic problems such as hitting other cars due to parking too close to them or blocking the driveway, you should observe the rearview mirror, always keep your foot on the brake. Do not move your head out the car window; if the situation is too hard to park your car correctly, ask someone to lend a hand.

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Parking spot

To avoid a parking citation and other traffic problems, you should choose your parking spot carefully