Survive the Holiday ‘Carmageddon’ with These Tips


It’s not a secret that Manila traffic has turned for the worse recently.

In fact, a recent report by the MMDA states that for 2019, an average of 404,882 cars will pass through EDSA daily. Know what’s even worse? The MMDA is expecting this figure to grow further as the holiday nears.

If you’re like us, you might be asking: is there a way to save myself from this? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 6 tips to help you survive the Ber-month carmageddon.

1. Avoid driving when there’s a Christmas / holiday sale

Here’s a tip you don’t hear often! As Christmas nears, more shopping malls will start pushing out their holiday sales. If you’re not driving to one yourself, it’s best to avoid traffic by leaving before mall hours or…

2. Drive at Night

This neat trick’s courtesy of my dad. He’s made it a habit to leave in the evening, sometimes as late as 11PM. It’s proven that there’s less traffic at night— just make sure you get enough rest before driving.

3. Waze is Your Friend

We all use it, but there’s more to Waze than meets the eye. Apart from its basic functions, it can also tell you when to leave if you need to get somewhere at a specific time. It’s a nifty feature that’s not used by a lot of people:

You can find the ideal time to leave by looking at Waze’s traffic estimate.

4. Prepare some car entertainment

It’s easy to get bored on a long drive. That’s why you should have a go-to playlist that you can entertain yourself with. Important: make sure it’s long enough to last the whole trip or else you’ll get bored playing the same songs.

5. Keep Calm. Drive Safe.

Nothing can spoil an enjoyable holiday more than a scuffle on the road. With so many motorists rushing, it’s easy to make a mistake that can affect other drivers. Should something of the sort happen, it’s best to take a deep breath and approach the situation calmly.

6. Get your car checked

Speaking of unwanted situations, you don’t want to be stressed by have your car break down in the middle of a long drive. Do yourself a favor and do some basic car checks or bring your vehicle to your preferred car shop.

7. Let Driver on Demand drive for you

To the designated drivers out there: has the thought of comfortably riding your car in the back seat crossed your mind? Do you get jealous of your sibling or friend who’s happily sleeping in the back seat?

driver bringing his client to her next meeting during the holiday season

Here’s your chance to experience the sweet life of a backseat rider. With Driver on Demand, you can hire a driver for upwards of 8 hours to bring you wherever you need to be in the comfort of your car. Rates start at P1,295 for an 8 hour booking. Learn more about Driver on Demand here: http://bit.ly/DODFAQNov

A final word: we’d like to remind everyone that driving is only a means to enjoy the holidays. What matters most is getting to your destination safely so that you can enjoy it with your loved ones.

And that about wraps it up! We wish you a happy season ahead!

For the safest and most comfortable rides in the Metro, simply visit http://bit.ly/DODNovBook to book a Driver on Demand!


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Tim is the writer and content specialist for beepbeep.ph. He reads a lot about news in tech, cars, photography, and watches. He's also a self-professed tech guru.

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