How can we help keep our roads safe?
As of February 2019, there are approximately 7,436,731 driving licenses and permits issued by the LTO. There were at least 11,000,000 motor vehicles registered in February 2018. In Metro Manila alone, the number of reported car accidents last year was 225,797 of which 51.91% were car accidents. (Source: The 2019 LTO Report)
The roads of Metro Manila these days are teeming with more private cars, motorcycles, buses, taxis, pedicabs, tricycles and jeepneys every year. MMDA is constantly challenged by these numbers and the fact that not many drivers are educated about road safety and many have thrown the habit of road ethics out of the window in order to get to their destinations on time. But no one gets to where they are going on time anymore. Not in Metro Manila. A journey that takes you 30 minutes has now become a 3-hour journey. Much of one's productivity is often sacrificed by Manila's traffic problem. Even CNN has named Metro Manila as the world's 3rd worst city for driving!
MMDA recently limited all cars to be driven at 60 kph. It could work. However, road ethics or the old 'bigayan' system must be encouraged by all motorists, when caught in a convoluted traffic scenario. A proper road ethic must be encouraged for all new drivers to learn and propagate, amongst other things.
But how exactly can we drive safely? Here are a few obvious points that many of us seem to take lightly. So here are 10 tips on how to practice safe driving:
So, there! A few basic points have been laid out so each and everyone in Manila experiences better traffic. And for as long as each and everyone of us is accountable to our own actions on the road, there will be less road rage, less traffic congestion and more time to enjoy your journey!
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Some of the details above were extracted from the official website of Metro Manila Development Authority and from Carmudi Philippines Journal.
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