[dropcap letter="T"]here is nothing quite like Manila traffic. Many have tried proposing solutions--tablets and electronic I.D. tags, better versions of the jeepney, closing U-turns--but it still seems as if we’re living in a perpetual hell, getting to our destinations two, three, four hours late. Nothing has changed. In fact, things are getting worse.
And these people are not helping. Aside from the dreadful traffic that is getting worse by the minute, we also need to deal with these jerks every single day.
Here are 8 people who should ditch the steering wheel and possibly stay at home. Forever.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]8. People who don’t know how to use the turn signal.[/buffer]




ie. People who do not know how to use side mirrors; the Liko Muna Bago Ako Magsisignal gang.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]7. People who do this to parking lots.[/buffer]


[buffer id="bar2" by="0px 0px 15px 5px"]Photo by Anton Halagueña | gif via giphy.com[/buffer]
Apparently, those thick-ass lines mean nothing.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]6. People who honk at pedestrians who are ON THE PEDESTRIAN LANE.[/buffer]




Yep, another set of creatures who do not know what lines mean. The rule cannot get any simpler: pedestrians walking on the pedestrian lane/crossing will not stop for you. YOU stop for them. No honking, no speeding. It’s not rocket science.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]5. People who put their headlights on high beam during heavy traffic.[/buffer]




Flashing your headlights while you’re crawling with a hundred other cars in C5 will literally get you nowhere, and you know it. If it’s not an emergency, don’t do it.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]4. People with road rage.[/buffer]




Take heed: "Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools,” Albert Einstein once said. We’re all having a hard time here, buddy. Calm yo self.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]3. People who refuse to respect bike lanes.[/buffer]




You’re not the king of the road. People on their bikes and motorcycles (those who follow the rules, mind you) have as much right to be on the road as you.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]2. People who overtake the overtakers.[/buffer]




Overtaking is helpful when used correctly. If you see that the vehicle behind you is already signaling to overtake and you know that you’re slower, give way. Do not accelerate if you see that someone's overtaking, as this could get both of you into trouble. In short, initiating a race means you’re an idiot.




[buffer by="10px 15px 10px 15px" id="bar"]1. Them.[/buffer]




GOD. DAMMIT.


 

Joachim Tan-Torres

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