Category Archives: Safety

LTO and LTFRB checks for defective buses

To ensure the safety of all the bus passengers going to the provinces this Holy Week, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have joined forces with Hino Philippines Engineers to check up on buses in the terminals:

Victory Liner Bus

At the Araneta Bus Terminal, a team led by LTO Director for Law Enforcement Services Edgar Cabase, Sr. are keeping an eye against worn out tires, defective lights, cracked windshields, and other internal and external vehicular defect that may lead to malfunctioning of the bus unit and may eventually lead to accidents that can claim the lives of both the bus driver and his passengers.

Wouldn’t it be nice if they do a surprise inspection rather an announced one? We hope this move will reduce the bus accidents this Holy Week.

[Article via: Tempo | Image via: Wikimedia Commons (CC by-SA 3.0)]

HB 1576: Slow-moving Vehicles Act

Was there ever a time that while you’re driving in the left-hand lane, you wished that the slow-moving car or scooter in front of you would just move to the right lane so you can get on your way? If yes, then you should ask Congress to pass the House Bill 1576 as soon as possible.

Manila Roads

House Bill 1576 is called the Slow-moving Vehicles Act. It’s authored by Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo and her son, Dato Arroyo. It basically says that if any vehicle that is moving below the required speed of a particular road, should be on the right lane. Violators will pay PHP 10,000 or 3 months driver’s license suspension.

A bit stiff but slow moving vehicles usually clog up the road for those who are in a hurry. There are even cases that they cause accidents because those who overtake them usually counterflows and hits vehicles on the opposite side of the road.

Read the House Bill here

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DLSU building new solar powered car

Pinoy car builders are focusing more and more on environment-friendly vehicles. One group is creating a solar-powered car to run a solar race in the near future.

De La Salle University’s Mechanical Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering departments is building Sikat II, a third gen solar powered car. It will take part in the World Solar Challenge 3,000 Km race on October in Australia.

Sikat II still being made. A model was presented to the Philippine Solar Car Challenge Society, Inc. According to one of its creators, it is currently only on 20 percent construction. Supposedly it will be lighter and faster than its predecessors. It will have a 110 kph top speed and it will weigh less than 180 kg.

[Article from PhilStar]

Auto Dealers Arming for Added Security Against Carnappings

The carnappers are at it again. After the spate of carjacking incidents late last year, criminal groups are now targeting used car dealers in what appear to be carjacking with homicide incidents.

In two separate incidents reported just this week, apparent carnappers have hijacked vehicles while supposedly test-driving them, after which the car dealers were killed and then burned.

Emerson Lozano was found charred and left in an empty lot in Pampanga last January 14, while Venson Evangelista was found under similar circumstances in Nueva Ecija.

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MMDA dispatches tow trucks to haul away illegally parked vehicles

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has set off several tow trucks along major roads and secondary streets in order to remedy the heavy traffic scenarios in Metro Manila.

Any vehicle that is caught to be illegally parked, hence the obstruction of roads and the worsening of the traffic conditions, will be hauled away as part of the tighter focus of MMDA to the Christmas season and the growing crowd.

Parking space is truly a problem for many motorists especially because Christmas Day is just a few days away and malls are becoming more and more jam-packed.

MMDA aims to let motorists practice proper parking discipline so as not to have their vehicles towed.


MMDA to motorists: Check your vehicles

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advises motorists to check their vehicles in time with the holiday season wherein heavy traffic virtually everywhere is to be expected.

According to MMDA spokesperson Tina Velasco, checking the vehicles of motorists must be done as a protective measure. This is also in line with the prevention from road-related accidents.

Velasco related “domino effect” to how held up vehicles can affect traffic and even worsen it.

In relation to this, higher penalty is suggested by MMDA as far as illegal parking is concerned. The suggestion was raised during the meeting of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), added Velasco.

MMC is made up of 17 local chief executives of Metro Manila.

[via source]

Honda to recall defective Fit subcompacts

1.35 million Fit subcompacts will be recalled by Honda Motor Co around the world in order to fix defective headlights wiring.

Fit cars that were assembled in Japan from November 2001 to October 2007 are subject to the said recall. These cars were mostly from the Suzuka industrial unit of Honda.

Majority of the Fit cars, which is around 735,000 units, are from Japan. 385,000 units will be recalled in Europe where the unit is known as Jazz. There are also units from Africa, and the Middle East, and Asia including the Philippines.

The estimated cost for the recall is 3.6 billion yen or $43 million. According to a spokesman of Honda in Tokyo, there was no accident associated to the Fit cars with defects but this will bring a great impact to the auto company.


Auto Window Tinting

We’ve all been there: You get in your car at the end of the day and can barely breathe, it’s so hot. Or, you’re driving home and can hardly see because the sun is too low for your visors.

These situations are not only incredibly uncomfortable but also potentially dangerous. Tinting your car windows can help reduce the danger, and it’s fairly easy to do yourself.

Benefits of Window Tinting
In addition to reducing heat buildup and cutting glare from sun, snow and headlights, tinted windows can protect you during an accident by holding shattered glass together. Auto window tinting also block up to 99 percent of UV rays, keeping your interior from fading or cracking due to sun exposure. This feature will also keep you from getting sunburned on those long drives to the cottage or beach.

Of course, one of the main reasons people tint their windows is for privacy—you don’t need everyone looking in your car as they pass by. This can also deter thieves since they won’t be able to see any valuables left in the car.

Easy Techniques for DIY Window Tinting
Professional window tinting is expensive and unnecessary. You can do it yourself in a few simple steps for about half the cost.

Many companies offer window tinting kits created specifically for certain brands and models. You can also purchase film separately. Be sure to check your local laws before choosing a tint color or shade—many states limit how dark windows can be.

To install your tint:

  1. Locate a window pattern in your kit or on the Internet, or make one using heavy paper (wax paper or craft paper work best, since they come in large rolls)
  2. Clean the windows that will be tinted
  3. While the windows are drying, lay your film on a clean, flat surface and trace the pattern onto it
  4. Cut the film, erring on the outside of the lines—you can always trim excess film later
  5. Spray or brush the adhesive solution to the inside of the film; coat it but don’t soak it
  6. Apply film to window
  7. Use a squeegee to remove air bubbles (run squeegee top-to-bottom, working from one side of the window to the other)
  8. Run a cloth around the edges to remove any excess adhesive
  9. Trim excess film with a utility knife

Windowing tinting can be an essential part of your car care efforts when done properly. So make sure you take the time and put in the effort to do it right!

DIY Rust Proofing Tips

There’s a reason they call rust “car cancer”: Like cancer, rust can spread quickly, and also like cancer, it can lead to serious problems with the overall function. Rustproofing, then, is an essential part of car care and maintenance. Unfortunately, it’s also an expensive part if you have it done commercially. Plus, many shops just cover large, exposed areas, leaving many nooks and crannies unprotected. As the saying goes, if you want the job done right, it’s best to do it yourself.

DIY Rust Proofing Kits or Supplies
Everything you need to rustproof your car can be purchased at local hardware stores, auto parts stores or car dealerships. Rustproofing kits are available for just about every make and model of vehicle and provide everything you need in one neat package. However, if you have more than one car, most of the products can be used on both, so buying them separately will reduce your car care costs and eliminate duplication.

Supplies needed for rustproofing are:

• Touch-up paint
• Paintbrush (one brush per color)
• Medium-grit sandpaper
• Car cleaning materials (chamois, warm water, cleanser)
• Rustproofing liquid
• Compressor & sprayer
• Rag
• Face mask and safety goggles

DIY Rust Proofing Step by Step
While the particular steps may vary by vehicle type, the general process for rustproofing is:

1) Inspect car for scratches and nicks
2) Remove any rust with medium-grit sandpaper
3) Cover scratches and nicks with touch-up paint
4) Clean the car to remove any road grime, oil and grease (skip this step if car fairly clean)
5) Use compressor and sprayer to apply rustproofing liquid to interior panels (through factory openings like vents), topside (trunk, hood) and undercarriage of car; wear face mask and safety goggles for protection
6) Wipe away any excess or overspray with a clean, dry, soft rag
7) Clean the car (skip this step if performed step 4)

Maintaining Rust Proofing
Of course, even the best rust proofing job will be for naught if you don’t properly maintain it. Administering regular car washes after driving particularly salty streets is one method of maintaining your rustproofing job. Making a habit of checking regularly for scratches and nicks, especially on edges where paint may be scraped away more easily (such as along the bottom or side edges of doors) is another way to prolong your work. The sooner you can touch up breaks in the paint, the less likely rust will develop.

Keep Your Car Doors Locked!

Traffic was crawling along the northbound side of EDSA the other day, and I was driving at the innermost (left) lane, turning toward the Estrella Flyover. Just before turning left to the flyover (going to Rockwell), I noticed that there were several street kids on the center island. As traffic started moving, a couple of the kids started moving toward the center of the road. I wondered what they were up to. Were they going to ask for alms? Were they just going to play a dangerous round of patintero with moving vehicles?

Turns out they were up to something more mischievous.

Creative Commons License photo credit: lobsterstew

Car lock

One of the kids suddenly pulled open the passenger-side door of the taxi cab in front of me. He pulled it with so much force that the door went fully open and almost hit a Honda Jazz to the right of the cab. The kids then ran back to the center island, seeming happy with their deed.

This brought back old tales of goons forcing open unlocked doors while in traffic or at stoplights. My dad once told me some men tried to force open his doors along Kamias Ave. (which is near my neighborhood).

So here’s a reminder to all motorists. Keep your doors locked. If you have a car with power/centralized locks, make it a habit to do a tactile check every so often. I click the “lock” button on my armrest several times during a trip; that’s how OC I am. Or, make it a habit to ask all your passengers if their doors are locked. This could save you a lot of trouble from potential incidents like the one I witnessed.

If you’re riding as a passenger, then make sure all the doors are locked, too. This is especially important when riding taxi cabs. For one, most cabbies are too lazy to lock their doors. Most cabs don’t have power locks, and unlocked doors make it easier for them to pick up passengers. Secondly, having unlocked taxi doors can add to the risk of being held up by robbers in cahoots with bad cabbies.

Again–lock your doors. Best to keep your windows closed, too, especially in traffic. Weather in our country is often hot, anyway.

Image credit: flickr/lobsterstew