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The rainy season has definitely arrived, and once again, every driver faces the threat of floods, rain so strong that reduces visibility to zero, and the dangers of slippery wet roads. With safety being everyone's top priority, do you know that proper car maintenance can possibly be the difference between life and death? Taking the time to keep your car in tip top shape can minimize the chance of getting stuck on the road, or worse, ending up in a vehicular accident. That's why Bosch has prepared a simple 6-Point Checklist to keep in mind before braving a rainy day.
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Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos by Leslie Sy
 
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I've been driving for more than 10 years now, and my friends and loved ones always remind me to drive safely at all times. Though it might be more fun in the Philippines, it doesn't take an expert to know that the accident rate in our country is pretty high. According to the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), there were a total of 1,833 people killed and 29,000 people injured in more than 85,000 road accidents last year. The numbers speak for themselves. Road accidents is a big problem in the Philippines, and it needs to be addressed quickly. 
 
That's why last July, Total Philippines Corporation gathered people together from the different sectors of society to help raise awareness in road safety. Called Total Drive City, we were asked to drive around the streets of the Metro and prove just how safe of a driver we really were. Participants for the day-long event included the Philippine National Police (PNP), members from the motoring media, driving schools, car manufacturers, car dealers, and private car owners.
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Words by Niky Tamayo | Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology News
 
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A recent study by Civil Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has, for the first time, mathematically modeled the effects of road surface on fuel economy. For anyone who's ever gone jogging or cycling, the results aren't terribly shocking: softer roads waste more fuel
 
Other studies have traced the effects of surface roughness on fuel economy, but this is the first time that the flexibility of the actual road surface has been modeled. The results of this study could have far-reaching implications for the way we build and repair roads.
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Have a hassle-free road trip with your family this Holy Week, as Pilipinas Shell gives a few practical safety tips in preparation for your long drive. This season records one of the highest volumes of road traffic during the year, so it's important to carefully plan every detail. And to ensure that your vehicle is fit for the long drive, Shell is offering FREE vehicle check service at select Shell stations in Metro Manila and along major highways in Luzon.
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In support of the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan 2011 - 2020 (PRSAP) and the UN's Decade of Action for Road Safety, Volvo Philippines conducted a Pedestrian Detection Crash Simulation during the Department of Transportation and Communication's (DOTC) Road Safety Forum held last February 22, 2012 at Camp Crame, Quezon City. 
 
For the demonstration, the all-new S60 T6 equipped with Volvo's City Safety system was driven straight into an inflatable pedestrian dummy, where it automatically braked to a full stop and avoided a collision. The test successfully proved that Volvo's latest preventive safety technology can actually save lives on the road.
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Thursday, 26 January 2012 08:43

You park like an &*#^$@: Bad parkers beware!

Words by Leslie Sy
 
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Don't you just hate it when you finally find a parking slot on the street or in a mall, you discover that you can't fit your car in because the car beside it is parked badly? What's more frustrating is that you can't teach its driver how to park properly without potentially getting into a heated argument and then some. Well, you should be glad to know that there are now websites out there so that you could teach these bad parkers a lesson or two.
 
In the online-dependent world we live in today, the internet once again comes to the rescue with websites such as www.youparklikeanasshole.com. The site offers downloadable notice forms or stickers for you to place on the offending cars’ windshields to teach their drivers a lesson. You can even specify the violation, whether it's parked over the painted lines, parked over two spots, or fraudulently parked in spaces reserved for handicaps, so that the parking delinquent can look up the site, find out what he or she has done wrong, and learn how to properly park their cars.
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Because you'll probably end up drunk if you get to know Johnnie a bit too well, Johnnie Walker created the Join the Pact campaign to remind you of the importance of responsible drinking. And for that reason, two-time Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen paid a recent visit to the Philippines so you can join him in the pledge to “Never Drink and Drive.”
 
Although the strict health requirements of modern Formula 1 drivers prohibit them from drinking, Hakkinen's duty, along with Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, is to serve as role models. The Johnnie Walker Responsible Drinking Ambassador was joined by Makati City Mayor Hon. Jejomar “Jun-Jun” Binay Jr.; Representative Irwin Tieng, a principal author of the Anti-Drunk Driving Bill; and MMDA Traffic Discipline Head Yves Gonzales in signing their names as a pledge to this advocacy. This doesn't mean that you can have the Flying Finn as your own and personal designated driver, or anyone listed above for that matter, but for you to start taking responsibility for your own actions by joining the Pact.
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Words by Jade Lu
 
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If it’s not already in our heads, it won’t be too long before one realizes the perils of taking the bus from point A to point B. With bus accidents headlining our news feeds every so often, it’s not a wonder the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has published the Top 10 lists of the most dangerous bus companies treading Metro Manila based on three categories: (1) most number of passenger and personnel deaths, (2) most number of passenger of passenger and personnel injury, and (3) most damage to property. Each bus company was reviewed on incidents occurring in the whole of 2010 all the way to the first half of 2011. This may be the general answer to the question every bus driver should really be asking: How’s my driving?
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Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
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For the past six years, Ford Group Philippines (FGP) has been on the road pitching its Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) campaign in schools, colleges, and private corporations. To date, the program has successfully trained more than 20,000 participants on the importance of road safety. As part of its first batch of students, I've attended well over a dozen of DSFL's classroom lessons and practically memorized each page of its presentation like the back of my hand. But no matter how repetitive it may sound, I always learn something new and make it a point to listen as a personal reminder to my responsibility as a road user.
 
Road safety is a subject matter that should never be taken lightly. Last year alone, the Metro Manila Accident Reporting and Analysis System (MMARAS) reported 18,810 traffic accidents, 7,670 of which involved fatality or injury. And in an occupation that mainly involves driving, we might just put ourselves and others at risk whenever we go on the road. That's why Ford took the initiative to host a special DSFL seminar just for us motoring media last week at the Ortigas Home Depot in Pasig City. The half-day course included a one-hour lecture on safe, smart, and fuel-efficient driving habits followed by a hands-on training on parallel parking and eco-driving using the Ford Fiesta and Focus.
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Thursday, 18 August 2011 11:04

Goodyear's tips for driving on Wet Roads

 
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We don't need PAG-ASA to tell us that the rainy season is officially here, and with it comes hazardous driving conditions that cause thousands of accidents each year resulting in vehicle damage, injury, and even death. While it is impossible to completely eliminate the risks, we can prevent accidents when we understand the the factors that cause them such as: (1) the film of water on the road causes tires to lose traction, (2) rain reduces driver perception and visibility, and (3) floods bring about debris that make vehicles prone to road hazards. That's why, as part of their road safety advocacy, Goodyear Philippines has prepared these essential wet driving tips to help us avoid accidents when diving in the rain.
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