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The Everyday Commuter's Guide to Surviving Metro Manila's Traffic

by Culture Team
31 Jul 2017 | 2:10 PM

The fact that Joseph Abaya is still the DOTC Secretary is a burden we all have to live with. Massive public calls for his resignation don't seem to work, and with the current administration giving way to a new one in a few weeks' time, Metro commuters are left to fend for themselves. We know traffic is hell, but there are ways to make it better when you're commuting.

Let Your Phone Light the Way

SnapChat is terrific, but it won't help you avoid the two-hour travel time down EDSA. Fortunately, there are a few applications that can help in that regard. The most popular of these that you can download right now are the MMDA Traffic Navigator, Waze, TrafficDito, and the MRTtrackr.

These apps address the traffic situation in different ways, and it's important to give them all a shot to see which one works better for your commute. But, the common thing they do is that they alert people about the traffic situation in other places, giving you time to find an alternate route.

Always Remember to Hydrate

We're not sure exactly why, but it feels like this is one of the hottest summers in recent memory. We would describe the past few days like being in Saudi Arabia - except we don't see gold plated Lamborghinis everywhere. In addition, long hours in our air-conditioned car is just going to dry our skin.

The solution? Hydrate. Always keep a bottle handy. Take a sip every once in a while, while in your car.

Moisturize - yes, this is very important. Moisturizing skin can help prevent heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke

Bring a Distraction

If, for some reason, you find yourself in an unmoving mass of vehicles, and you can see more brake lights than stars, you need to accept that there's nothing you can do about it. Raging and complaining about an already bad situation is only going to make it worse, both for your mental state and the people around you.

Try to beat a high score on a game, listen to music, do anything that would take your mind off what's happening on the road. Sometimes the frustration of something can become worse than the cause of that frustration. Don't break rules, or inconvenience other people because you're pissed, because that just spreads negative energy everywhere, and that does nobody any good.

Pack a Neck Pillow

This one should be obvious - especially to Makatizens that make the UV their third home - but nobody does it. There's only one thing every single passenger does as soon as the door slides closed, and that's take a nap. Save yourself the stiff neck that hours of awkward head placement will undoubtedly cause, and strap on a neck pillow.

Energize Your Skin

The daily stress of the long commute is going to take a toll on your face. Eyebags, wrinkles, tired skin. We all have them and all that road rage is just aggravating these issues. Use a good facial wash to energize your skin and add that zing back to your face!

We don't have the answers to solve the worsening Metro traffic; we're not even sure what changed to make it as bad as it is now. But, with these simple tips, we hope to make your time on the road a bit more comfortable.