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the gobear guide to road safety

ICYMI: The GoBear Guide to Road Safety

Driving—whether in a heavy downpour or during a crazy payday Friday—requires full attention to avoid getting caught up in an accident. According to this report, there were a total of 110,025 road crash incidents last year, which means that there are roughly 299 cases per day. That’s a number too high to ignore!

While there are factors that contribute to road accidents, this study by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown that there are ways to prevent them from happening.

Bring out your pen and paper because it’s time to take note of these guidelines to keep you, your loved ones, and your car safe as you hit the road.

Plan your trip ahead

There’s a reason why traffic-monitoring apps like Waze and MMDA Navigator were created. Since they are free to download, you can install them in your smartphone so you can always check which roads are clogged and the ones with light traffic. This way, you can plan for a re-route when you drive to your destination without getting stuck in horrendous traffic.

Do not text and drive

In case you don’t know, there’s an Anti-Distracted Driving Act a.k.a. Republic Act 10913 that has been implemented to prevent accidents caused by distracted drivers. Under this law, drivers are not allowed to make or receive calls, perform calculations, compose, send or read text messages while driving. As for the use of navigational apps, drivers are allowed to do it as long as they have placed their destination before driving. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has reminded the public that failing to comply with this law will result in fines. 

First offense: ₱5,000

Second offense: ₱10,000

Third offense: ₱15,000

Keep your car in good shape

Regular maintenance will ensure that your car is ready to conquer the road. Depending on the type of your car, fuel can cost you up to ₱5,500 per month or ₱66,000 per year. But how long can you go between oil changes? The recommended frequency for oil change is for every 5,000 kilometers. If you use a special kind of synthetic oil, you can go for even longer without having the need to change your oil. Meanwhile, your car battery should be replaced every two to three years, and this will cost you about ₱5,000. For the tires, they can be replaced after five years (at most) or for every 50,000 kilometers. Prepare to shell out ₱20,000 per set. 

Follow all traffic regulations

What’s the best way to stay out of trouble when you’re on the road? Follow traffic rules! The basic regulation drivers and even passengers forget to follow is the Seat Belts Use Act of 1999 or Republic Act 8750. With this law, “drivers and front seat passengers of a public or private motor vehicle are required to wear or use their seat belt devices while inside a vehicle of running engine on any road.” For those with kids, children who are six years old and below must never sit in the front seat. How about the speed limits? 

Open roads: 50 km/h

In town: 30 km/h

Highways: 100 km/h

You can click here for a list of the road signs we’ve compiled every driver should know.

Don’t forget to bring with you (at all times) the important documents such as your car’s official receipt (OR) and certificate of registration (CR) as well as the car insurance policy. Have these documents ready when you go out for a drive just to be sure in case the unexpected happens. Compare the best car insurance plans via GoBear for a hassle-free drive.