Rules of the Road – Week 1

Traffic is as bad in Manila as they say it is and drivers are crazy compared to home, but it’s kind of fun.

Here are the ten rules of driving I have figured out in my two days here.

  1. Lanes are just guidelines (the picture does not accurately portray this, but I swear it’s true)
  2. Honking means, I’m going, I will be passing you, move faster, don’t go and probably more things.
  3. Pedestrians do not have right of way, you can see the fear in their eyes as they cross the street.
  4. If someone is adhering to a red left turn signal you can pass them on the right, get ahead of them, and turn whenever the traffic is clear.
  5. When in doubt, make a U turn.
  6. If the road is clear, gun it!  30mph will feel like 100mph.
  7. Only leave space between you and the car in front of you if you want everyone to weave around in that space.
  8. If you need to cross over 4 “lanes” to make an exit or turn, that’s fine.
  9. Jeepnys and mopeds do what they want.
  10. You can drive on the “wrong side” of the road if you really need to.

Now, today was my first day actually getting behind a wheel, so I will probably learn more rules in the coming weeks.  I took it easy and drove Mark to work then drove myself home.  I didn’t die or crash, so I would call it a success.  Also, apparently there is a loop for Christmas, I will have to investigate what this means.