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Driving 101: Jairam's Way

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I went to work early today, I was on the road by 5:30 a.m. and I enjoyed driving. Sweet mellow music, no traffic and no annoying cab, jeepney or bus drivers - yet. This afternoon is another story. Sigh. What's my usual driving mood? Infuriated. Who wouldn't be when you meet different "personalities" on the road? Personalities will be those who feel like they own the road and manage to occupy both lanes or drive zigzags, drivers who make sudden turns or change lanes without a signal, those who are always late for their appointments a.k.a. speed drivers who have mistaken the road for a race track, and then there are those who drive like turtles but stay on the fast lane...and the list goes on. Grrrr...!
What are the traits of a good road runner?
- obeys traffic rules and drives within the limit
- replaces broken/missing side mirrors, head lights or tail lights
- does regular car maintenance check-ups, no to carbon monoxide!
- no high beams pleeeeaaaasssseee
- blows horns only when necessary
- respects the rights of pedestrians
- gives way when needed
- if you really need to use your phone, pull over
- when listening to the radio, keep the volume to yourself and make sure you'll be able to hear my horn
- follow the golden rule of driving "if you drink don't drive, if you drive don't drink"
- always bring your license with you, don't drive if you don't have one
- get rid of those big noisy muffler Don't attempt to destroy my eardrums or you'll pay for it big time!
- lastly, if you can't follow all of the above, stay away from the road ; use a bicycle or walk because it's good exercise and you'll save on gas money
Isn't it obvious? I want you off the road...you m---n!

hahaha. i remember when me and my friends went to los baƱos. my friends were totally shocked to see all the cars taking their rime on the road. as in hindi nagmamadali. then we realized, what's the rush? di din naman kami nagmamadali. might as well, enjoy the driving and relax :)

hay naku Tin, dapat talaga ganyan. if you know that you should be early for a meeting or something e di leave early di ba? hindi yung mamemerwisyo ka pa ng ibang drivers dahil sa kaka rush mo, mamaya ma aksidente pa. lagot!

After all this time you're still not used to Pinoy drivers? Better get used to it, Jane. Been driving for almost 30 years and I still have yet to see any improvement in the Pinoy's driving habits.

is it true na kapag sa manila ka natutong mag drive eh the nest driver ka na sa buong mundo? o kwentong barbero lang ito, hehehe. buti nalang di ako marunong mag drive, mukhang nakakakunsume sa kalye...

i don't have a driving licence!! i definitely won't enjoy horrible drivers on the road. and 5.30am is seriously early for you to be driving to work!!!

Uh oh. Guilty ako dun sa noisy muffler. Not my fault though. I bought a second-hand car and it was already set-up that way...

Other than that, mabait naman ako sa road. :-). I also hate people with very bright headlamps, especially those who don't lower their lights when approaching another vehicle. Kahit ilang beses ka magblink-blink, ayaw pa rin nila. Darn.

my "Live fast, die young" days are over. days and years... and yearrrrs ago. I drive with a Halo these days.

my hubs doesnt really wish me to know how to drive here in Pinas!

he reckons, i'll be dead sooner than i should be. =D

Yeah Philippine traffic..hehehe.. Here in Norway it's the pedestrians that rules the street. All the cars stop when a pedestrian passes by. The drivers here are also very considerate and polite and follows traffic rules religiously or face a very big fine or worst the confiscation of your drivers license.

been here. hehe.
be safe in driving.

after all these years Snglguy, not yet :( i wonder what my blood pressure is everytime i'm on the road..

that's what i heard too Cruise, kasi nga daw magaling lumusot at magpasikot-sikkot ang Pinoy

do the road a favor then Imp don't drive until you get a license. 530 is early? my work started at 6am. sigh.

iyan. iyan ang nakaka-high blood sa umaga. walang signal light biglang kakaliwa o kakanan. may kaliwa't kanan in the blink of an eye. may matakaw, dalawang lane ang kinakain. may tanga, di alam kung saan pupunta.

sabi nga ng isang german friend ko:"what did you guys do to get a license? drive a carabao?"

yun nga Kuya Nick, nakakabulag yun at night eh. meron namang iba, as if di-kuryente, madilim na pero ayaw pa ring mag on ng head lights at tail lights. haaay,,,

TK : buti naman po Doc, he he

Princess of CJ - i believe your hubby is correct :( you either die because of an accident or because of a heart attack dahil sa kunsumisyon!

hi Charles, i think the Phillippines ought to learn to impose stricter traffic rules like Norway's ... no to kotong gang, that's another story altogether

thanks Ymir...drive safely too :)

nakakatawa naman ang tanong ng German friend mo Atticus pero may point siya ha...

hey girl, thanks 4 visiting my site.. bngyan m ko ng guts magbangkok mag isa hehe.. kung kaya mo mag singapore mag isa edi ako dn db?! wahahaha..

pareho tyo, 530am umaalis n ko sa haws, at lahat ng nsa list mo kinamumuhian ko dn hehe lalu n ung mga mahilig mag tailgate at hndi nagsisignal eeerrr... at isa p pla ung nagfaflash ng headlights at kala mo mga natatae sa sobrang pagmamadali hehe...

correct ka dyan Yen!

If I had a peos for every time a cussed at a stupid driver, I would be rich. haha! it's worse in New York. :)

Kudos to you for driving in Manila! I drive everyday and consider myself to be a pretty good driver, but I don't think I can handle the traffic there.

tumataas parati BP ng kasama kung nasa Pinas kami! ^^chaotisch^^ daw mga driver ... gusto na ba nilang mamatay? pati raw mga pedestrians, saka hinahanap niya mga traffic signs

Eto ang pang-Guinness talaga, isang bulag nakakuha ng professional driver's license sa main office pa ng LTO, grabe to the max ang lagayan dito sa Pinas.

Hay, naku lagi akong sumisigaw kapag nasa kalye na. Pati nga si hubby ko laging mainit ang ulo dahil sa mga walang disiplinang drivers at hindi lang iyon pati pedestrians. Ewan ko ba naman dito sa atin kahit nakikita na ang overpass ay makikipaghabulan pa rin sa kamatayan sa gitna ng Edsa (diuskuday).

At ang masakit naman kapag nag-commute ka mas nakakatakot dahil wala talagang pakialam ang mga bus/jeepney/taxi drivers sa buhay ng mga pasahero nila. Kainis talaga!

Thanks sa pagbisita mo sa food blog ko.

pinoy traffic..

pag nasa pinas ako,ako ang natatakot sa mga taong tumatawid hehe

nakakasanayan ko rin nmn agad.

uuy,nakakamiss yan,yan ang namimiss ko minsan sa manila :)

Traffic sa Pinas, parang di na mawawala nakakakunsume. Part na daw ng culture natin. Unfortunately, I don't drive.

hello hanagirl, I would have billions myself, ha ha

if I have a choice JMom, I wouldn't be...it's always a pressure driving here in Manila. just this morning a jeepney almost hit me. I wanted to scream at the driver but then again, that's a waste of energy :(

naku Neng, kahit may mga traffic signs hindi nasusunod dito. madalas nga ang daming beating the red light, ang 1 way nagiging 2 way...

e Lani, hindi lang LTO ang corrupt e. pati mga traffic enforcers, alam na alam mo pag gutom kasi mabilis manghuli pero humihingi lang ng lagay, wala nang penalty ang driver. haaay buhay driver...

ha ha Ghee, ang namimiss mo dito sa Pinas, nakakakunsume! :)

good for you Jeeper, ang hirap maging driver ano. takot naman akong mag commute baka lalong mapadali ang buhay ko dahil sa walang pakialam na cab driver or mga holdaper ng taxi... kakatakot din ha

ruleno chuvA: if nt driving, dont be a backseat driver... it's so f**** irritating!

ha ha, I so hate it when hubby criticizes my driving kapag sakay ko siya...kakainis talaga inaaway ko nga!

Kakairita talaga pag ganyan ang style ng mga drivers na kala mo sila me ari ng daan, pasok dito liko dyan hinto sa gitna. Dito nga yung nga indians na taxi driver dito lang natutong mag drive.. naku sarap kutusan hihinto ba naman sa gitna ng daan para magpick up ng pasahero.

Pero ang pinaka-iinis ko yung mga drivers na walang courtesy sa pagbaba ng headlights..grrrr

talagang nakakainis di ba?

yes sis, tama ka sa mga lecheng muffler na kalalaki at kaiingay! demet! di naman nakakatulong sa speed nila..binubwisit lang nila mga tenga natin! ;) hehehe...

pahabol: araw2 na ginawa ni Lord meron ako o ang asawa kong namumura sa ka-istupiduhan sa daan! aaahhhh!!! araw2 traffic san damakmak pa mga morons! ;)

Kathy, hindi lang kayo ang ganyan. Kame din ni hubby, ganyan na ganyan :(

hubby has a short temper, too, with motorists who think they're co-owners of the roads and national highways. but i always tell him, it's not worth having fights with these people.

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