Discussion in 'Dumaguete City' started by Andrew65, Jan 11, 2016.
Maybe they want tourists to take public transport?
Then why let us drive for the first 3 months we are in country? (The first 3 months on the road here are probably the most dangerous for tourists who have never driven here before.)
I think it would make a bit more sense to not let tourists drive the first 30-60 days (so they can observe how traffic "flows" in the Philippines while taking public transportation or driving with a local ), then let them drive on a foreign license for 30-90 days, and then if no accidents, tickets or trouble with the law and they are current with their visa extensions let them have a Philippine license.
That would suck for tourists but it would be hard for anyone to say that it wasn't reasonable.
That all makes sense to any reasonable person, I could argue that having taken the full UK car and motorcycle training, exams and tests I am a better/safer driver than most of the locals ! Unfortunately bureaucracies the world over (not just in the Philippines) often make nonsensical rules and regulations. For now we just have to wait and hope some one with authority recognizes the problem and makes some changes.
In the UK you most likely are a better/safer driver, but this ain't the UK and none of your rules apply here (plus you drive on the wrong side of the road ). Western drivers and their "expectations" on other's driving habits and rules of the road can, many times, be very dangerous.
I agree. I have been driving here for so long I usually know what to expect from the locals and am rarely if ever surprised anymore. But, the Foreign drivers coming from all corners of the world who drive the way they were taught in their respective home countries are sometimes very frustrating and at times maddening as I never know what to expect from them.
I laugh at this because you write like the took the time and thought about future consequences. This is the Philippines. They think of the right now and not the later on.
What doesn't make sense is that they loose money by doing that because you would have to leave the country and come back to restart the driver's license program all over again.
I know that when I drive in Dumaguete City. I take everything that I learned while in driver's education and I take all my years of experience from driving on the USA roads and throw them out the window and drive like a maniac like everyone else does here.
You know what they say... If you cant beat them.. Join them!
I tap into my experience in the U.S. riding motocross! And that is the mindset I am in when I get on my motorbike. I'm not talking about speeding, but I am talking about all of the things that typically happen on a motocross track (e.g., motorbikes/vehicles coming at me from all directions, people doing unexpected things, quick stops, crashes).
I do not race fast here like I would on a motocross track, but I am not afraid to use full throttle to exit the pack in an attempt to maintain a safe zone around me.
I also dress somewhat like I would on a motor cross track -- and that helps time-and-again. A few days ago, on a congested street in slow traffic, my safe zone collapsed around me and the trike next to me ran over my foot -- I was going so slow that I put my foot down for balance. The trike was going faster than me (I was on the right side) and he made an unexpected bid to the right to pick up a customer. It was not a big deal because I had on my leather boots, but if I had been a fool wearing sandals........
If you want to drive like them i advise you change your nationality or best of luck when (not if) you crash..........
All the time i have driven in the UK i don't think i can ever remember overtaking a motorbike, here i think part of the driving test must be to see how slow you can go without it actually falling over, oh and keep to the middle of the road, as i said before they don't do that when they hear the ceres bus horn....
No matter how you drive, western or filipino style , you cannot know whom is driving next to you on the road. There is no legitimate driving test, traffic management or enforcement of law, so it is a lottery every time you drive here. You have to drive defensively and trust in God.