Thursday, December 16, 2004
car conclusions
Help! It's Christmas! And the congestion on EDSA (and everywhere else) is getting worse and worse. The government has actually released mandated working hours (Staggered Working Time) in the hope to ease the flow of rush hour traffic. Government offices work from 7am-4pm while private offices are from 9am-6pm. So far, nothing seems to be happening. I left for home at 11:30 the other night and it looked like 8pm traffic.

These times (and other times when I'm bored and alone in the car), I get to notice a lot about car models, driving habits, and their correlations:

1. I notice that Pick-ups and Lite-Aces are the slow ones. They usually are the ones that have slow responses to the green light. Aside from that, they are usually the ones on the middle of the road. No offense to people who own these cars. This is just a conclusion from by observations of the past 5+ years.

2. I also notice that if at night there is a freakingly slow car while traffic could let you get away with 80-90kph, there is a high probability that that car (old or new) has only one headlight or none at all. HELLUR! It's nighttime so you need headlights! This excludes of course all probabilities that the driver is texting, watching a DVD on his LCD, really old or is a virgin driver.

3. Cabs are notorious for getting as near to your car as possible, just to get into your lane. And they do this without even using the signal lights. While buses don't care at all.

4. There are Benzes, Coupes, Beemers and other super cars that are driven by people who are scared shitless of the road and of their car's potential. They are driving slower than my grandparents. It defeats the whole purpose of getting a super car when you're incapable of showing off its super-ness. Sayang ang kotse mo 'pre!

These are my beefs on the road. Got anything to add?
dezphaire strapped in @ 9:49 AM  


  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger drivebyshooter said…

    i agree with these observations, especially the 1st one. the vehicles hogging the lanes on the road tend to be large ones that obstruct your view of the road ahead.

    anyway, to add, when buses or jeeps overtake you, especially near the outermost lane, they will invariably stop the moment they pass you and block your way, and will usually do so while straddling 2 lanes.

    just a pet peeve... i give way to private cars, but not public transportation.

  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger kuya jeff said…

    three times na akong nakakita ng mga opus dei na nagdadrive. Aliw. Nakisakay ako sa isa papuntang church. Being holy in the midst of sin. Masostroke na ako sa mga bus na ginigitgitan kami at mga jeep na tumitigil bigla, pero siya calm pa rin. Sana tanke na lang o kaya pison ang sasakyan mo para pag ginigitgitan ka or dumidikit sa iyo, durugin mo na lang. Lam mo yun?

    May isa akong pinagtatakahan: pag nag-go, nakakainis yung mga bubusina sa split second na nag-green yung ilaw... yun bang parang sobrang atat na umandar. ano ba? di ba sa physics hindi ka naman aandar at bibilis agad agad. Heller.

  • At 5:32 PM, Blogger dezphaire said…

    agree. there exists a certain discrimination against public transportation. i ride them but it doesn't mean i need to like them.

    also, the bus stop on Ayala is horrible. buses take up 4 lanes and they don't care if the light says green or red. i usually wish that my car is equipped with rocket launchers so i can blast them into oblivion.


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