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MMDA to Ban Commonwealth Ave U-Turns at Elliptical Road?

I’ve been getting mixed signals from the signages at Commonwealth Avenue the past few days. It looks like the MMDA has set up No U-Turn signs near the area where Commonwealth ends at Elliptical road in Quezon City. However, there are also signs that say U-Turn and All Traffic ->.

Which is which?

The authorities have recently blocked the “No U-Turn” and “All Traffic ->” (all traffic turn right) signs, but they’re currently doing some construction. They’re probably going to construct a dedicated U-Turn slot to help prevent accidents or congestion between U-turning vehicles and Elliptical road traffic.

Elliptical road is actually one big, giant rotunda with 8-lanes and no islands in between. The thing is, there are 30 Kph max speed signs all around, but the average speed around the circle is about 60 Kph. Elliptical can be a challenge for new drivers, especally with buses (and also private vehicles) swerving across inner and outer lanes when exiting and entering the rotunda.

MMDA to Enforce 60 KPH Speed Limit [Metro Manila Development Authority Sets 60 KM Per Hour Speed Limit on Major Metro Manila Roads]

Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City has often been branded as Metro Manila’s killer highway, given the number of accidents and incidents that occur in any given day. With up to than 18 lanes at its widest points (9 lanes each side), Commonwealth Avenue is surely a tempting place to drag race or at least to drive fast.

Unfortunately, Commonwealth is also littered with road hazards, such as U-turn slots, concrete barriers for designated passenger loading lanes, and the like. Even with pedestrian footbridges, some people opt to gamble their lives and cross the wide road at street level. Commonwealth avenue is also home to several city and provincial public utility vehicle lines, like buses and jeepneys, which often stop at loading stations, but sometimes indiscriminately load and unload passengers along the highway.

Given these, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has decided to implement a 60 KPH speed limit along the street.

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Teenagers should slow down more on driving

The thrill of driving a car is there, but being messy on driving dissolves that thrill. Teenagers tend to experience vehicular mishaps such as car accidents and traffic violations more than adults. This is why it is best for teenagers to learn how to slow down on driving.

It is all about taking as much time as needed. The speed of the vehicle must be dependent to the current driving condition. If it is raining, the road is obviously slicker, so driving slowly is very much necessary. Not to mention, it is hard to see things around because of the rain. More reaction time from the teenage drivers will make them safer. Turning on the headlights will do good as well.

Giving pieces of advice to your teenagers who just began driving is essential for safety and discipline.


Drive Now, Text Later

If there is one thing familiar to you these days, it is that of banning the use of mobile phones while driving. It has become customary to answer calls or text messages regardless if you are on the road. Through this, the growing number of car accidents have swelled mainly because a single second of taking your eyes of the road can lead to dire consequences which most drivers today totally disregard.

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This is really a habit that should be corrected. Actually, drivers know that this should not be done and yet they continue to disregard such. Keeping your eyes on the road is a must and this includes being on a full stop or on the move. People claim that they need to answer their messages or calls but perhaps if they would consider what would happen if they bump into another car or worst, a person due to their hard-headedness.

To date, there have been laws where drivers who use their mobile phones will be apprehended. Not a bad way to make people to stop texting while driving. But what if they are using a heavily dark tinted vehicle? How will the traffic enforcers or police be able to know if the people are indeed using their phones while they are on the go?

The sad thing about society is that people always want to live on the forbidden side. Texting while driving is something that doesn’t need to be enforced by law. But since people are so enthusiastic about using their phones while driving, more lives are being claimed by the day. Hopefully though it will not be yours.