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Tip #3 Mind you own Business (Wag maging Uzi)

Traffic accident is one of the common reasons why we have traffic jam.  Because it clogs one or two lanes of the road, therefore traffic built up.  Do you know what is the real reason of the traffic jam if there is an accident?

GOSSIP, people slow down and wondering what is the cause of the accident as if they can help.  Yah right,  they can only help by making the traffic jam worst. 

By looking at the above photo, you are already wondering what happened on those motorcycle riders.  People really want to know the story and others took a photo of it as shown on the above photo.

Almost all of the locations after the incident area, the road is already wide open.  Most of the time, motorists don’t have an idea on the real story of the incident.  Real story such as root cause, status of the people involve, etc.

This is not only common on accidents. There are some other scene that motorists slow down and take a look.

Someone made a traffic violation: normally people slow down and wondering what is the violation. 

By looking at similar incidents same with the photo, do you know the root cause?  Can you help the one who has trouble on the street.  Definitely NOT!  You only help to make the traffic jam worst by slowing down.

 

Picture Source:

http://autom.i.ph/blogs/autom/2008/05/22/motorcycle-accidents/

http://www.paranaque.gov.ph/news/2009/11/paranaque-is-a-traffic-discipline-zone-2/

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Tip #2 Keep Intersection Open

Filipino drivers are normally impatient.  Green light means go, so the driver will cross the street even if the intersection is not open.  As a result, other cars can no long pass through.

I think that most of the drivers doesn’t know what keep intersection open means.

This is a common problem because driver always think about themselves and doesn’t care about other motorist.

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Most people doesn’t know or doesn’t care what this sign means

Simple way on solving traffic jam in Metro Manila

Since the 90’s, Metro Manila experiencing daily traffic jams.  As years goes by it becoming worst due to the following reasons

  1. Population Growth
  2. Increase of car volume – since now it is easy to buy a car.  We can see car loan down payment as low as 25,000.
  3. Driving Style

For the first two, as a simple Filipino we cannot do anything.  But for the driving style, we can do a lot.  The president’s order of removal of siren is a great help so local officials must act up to ease their daily problem, TRAFFIC JAM.  For us, we just need to follow simple rules in order to have a smooth traffic flow.

Tip #1 Follow the Lane

Staying on the lane is very important, because the root cause traffic jam in Metro Manila is not due to the volume but it is due to clogging the road at one area.

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Current Scenario

Based on the diagram if all the vehicles who is turning left will use the left lane therefore all vehicles on the right lane can go straight without any problem.

This is very common since people think if they go first they can reach their destination earlier.

LTO License Plate Verification using SMS

I just got this from an email and I think this is usefull for all of car owners.

LTO Car Plate Number Verification System

  1. Applies to used/old or brand new cars
  2. Provides information about the REGISTRATION of any of your vehicles, whether it is filed genuinely at any LTO Office or not.
  3. There are CHECKPOINTS nowadays and some unscrupulous policemen will tell you that your CAR REGISTRATION is not duly registered even if you show the OFFICIAL RECEIPT- LTO CAR REGISTRATION. The policeman will tell you that it is either tampered or fake and you have no choice but to give the policeman bribe money.

How to use this system:

1. On your cellphone text this message:

< LTO space VEHICLE space XXXooo >

( where XXX000 stands for your vehicle’s PLATE NUMBER ( Philippines ) ) i.e.   LTO VEHICLE ZFH185

2. SEND to 2600 and wait for Auto generated reply then save to your phone.  (An amount of P2.50 or P2.00 will be charged when you send to 2600)

    A reply message from 2600 will inform you the following about the plate no.:

    • Car Plate:
    • Model:
    • Year:
    • Color:
    • Date of Last Registered:
    • LTO Apprehension: if any
    • LTO Alarm: if any

    This is useful for:

    1. If there is a problem in CHECKPOINTS, just show this text message to the officer in charge.
    2. This text message from 2600 is also very important when buying an old and cheap used car.
    3. This will also be useful when you are following a car with a doubtful car plate no.
    4. When you register your car at any LTO Office, try to check this out whether your car is genuinely registered, or a tampered/fake OR was issued to you by an LTO employee or fixer.

    How to Fix your Submerge Car

    For people whio’s car submerge in water.

    1. First of all DON’T START YOUR CAR wait to dry up the car first. 
    2. Then start drying your car.
    3. For more detailed information please see this link: http://flipgear.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/how-to-fix-your-submerged-car/#more-424

    For towing Services

    AAP -P2,100 (on the spot tow)

        -include membership for 1 year

        -include 2 cars already (just schedule to tow the other car)

      for more info just visit AAP website: http://www.aaphilippines.org/contact_us.aspx

     

    Wheelers Club

         -wasn’t able to call since line is busy

       for more info just visit http://wheelersclub.com.ph/WheelersClubFAQs2.htm#

                                     Hotline: 926-7353, 925-2702

    Complete Towing or Ambulance Hotlines:

    –> http://www.trapik.com/trapik_reminders.asp

    Track You Fuel Consumption Online

    Last week I discovered this site, www.fuelly.com.  It tracks the fuel consumption of the cars or motorcycle.  Every time we put gasoline to our vehicle, we must record the amount of gas that is filled and the odometer (mileage).  For more accurate results full tank is a must.

    As usual it has three units of measurement, US and Metric.  It has two ways of tracking the distance, odometer or trip miles.  It also records the price of gasoline per liter (or per miles) so you can see the price trends.

    For the consumption it has the following way to display the amount of the consumption

    1. L/100KM
    2. Miles per Gallon (UK)
    3. Miles per Gallon (US)

    One nice thing on this one we can compare the consumption of the gasoline of other cars.  Sad to say we don’t have Km/L so every time I refer I convert L/100Km to Km/L.  Since I just recorded my first gasoline full tank last week so I can’t share to you my consumption.  Here is a sample screen from other vehicle.

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    Better starts monitoring the fuel consumption rather than fuel price since all we know prices won’t go down same as 10 years ago.  But we can control fuel consumption by car maintenance, or by simply monitoring our driving habits.

    Rain Guard

    It has been raining these past few days here in Manila (and maybe elsewhere) and when I think about it, I realize how lucky we are because cars, more often than not, have air-con (A/C). However, there are still times when we prefer to breathe fresh polluted air from the outside but cannot open our windows because the drizzling rain would come in. Our solution? Auto Rain Guard =D

    I used to think that rain guards are used for aesthetics purposes only (kala ko porma lang), but NO. Rain guard does more than beautify your car, it also shields you from the rain – thus the name.

    Rain Guard Two

    Rain Guard Three

    I remember the days when I used to get wet getting the parking ticket from an outside booth; the water not only soaks the interiors of my car but soaks me as well!

    Anyway, if you want rain guards in your cars, you’ll have to purchase because this accessory is not part of the standard car package in the market.

    Since the windows is a little bit open, expect for any unexpected guest. (insects) 😉