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Old 24th August 2017, 12:00 AM
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The main problem is the motor bikes that cut in an out of the traffic lanes. If you try to leave a safety buffer space they will pull right in front of you. If you are waiting in a line of traffic they will pass you on both sides to get ahead of the line or if there is enough space between you and the car in front they will use it to keep moving forward. Trikes, jeepneys and buses will stop at anytime and place to let passengers on and off. A lot of vehicles have no tail lights. Seems to me that most Filipinos need to come to a complete stop to make a turn, plus if there is a usable lane to the right when making a turn most will stay in the traffic lane to make the turn. They also seem to not get up to the speed of traffic flow when turning onto a road. These are just some of my observations of traffic here. Driving gets my blood flowing and my mouth cussing on a daily basis.

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The main problem is the motor bikes that cut in an out of the traffic lanes. If you try to leave a safety buffer space they will pull right in front of you. If you are waiting in a line of traffic they will pass you on both sides to get ahead of the line or if there is enough space between you and the car in front they will use it to keep moving forward. Trikes, jeepneys and buses will stop at anytime and place to let passengers on and off. A lot of vehicles have no tail lights. Seems to me that most Filipinos need to come to a complete stop to make a turn, plus if there is a usable lane to the right when making a turn most will stay in the traffic lane to make the turn. They also seem to not get up to the speed of traffic flow when turning onto a road. These are just some of my observations of traffic here. Driving gets my blood flowing and my mouth cussing on a daily basis.

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Well said Chuck and I do agree with what you say, I and others could add plenty more. Even though my better half was one of those bike riders in and around Manila for years he was one of the passive conservative riders that sat with the traffic and not scoot around to get in front, as a pillion passenger I always felt safe with his skills, temperament (learnt from that) and safe driving practices unlike many of the counterparts. Funny though he will not drive a car in Manila, that's always down to me and yes while a little nerve wracking at times and certainly eye opening, I simply breath and go with the flow, assertive when needed and decisive but never reckless. Once we are out of Manila I am always the passenger, go figure.

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Whether you're driving a car, motorbike or using buses,jeepneys or UVs, travelling on longer road journeys here demands a great deal of Patience..with a capital "P".

Some Expats do do it without, but just getting groceries really needs a car. Then there's those periods of high temperatures and of heavy rain.

On the bikes, a mitigating factor is that the bikers are nearly always pretty skillful at weaving, I've never been hit...but have been "side mirrored" and nudged in traffic lines by plenty of cars and small delivery vehicles.

Think the worst vehicles to get used to here are the buses.
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I could never ride a motorbike here or anywhere in the world for that matter, years ago I had a bad smash that left me unconscious for a week a fractured skull and no memory of what happened for 2 weeks prior, really scared of getting on a motorbike now, don't mind the trikes though.

Think I can get use to driving on the right hand side of the road but would rather get use to it outside of Manila.

Will just have to get more patience when driving, If I drive in PH.

Thanks everyone for all your comments and advice.

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Easier to start in MM. Big, wide roads with median divisions, so the right hand driving issue is less eg Roxas Blvd., EDSA. You want to keep off the others at first eg Taft Ave.
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