The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Wednesday reminded motorists and travelers to be safe while on the road this Lenten season.
According to LTO chief Jay Art Tugade, the traffic situation is expected to have reverted to pre-pandemic levels. He then issued tips to ensure everyone's safety while traveling.
Tip Number 1: If you don’t want the hassle or to be a hassle to fellow motorists, check your vehicle’s roadworthiness. Tugade said regular maintenance like oil changes, tune-ups, and battery and tire pressure checks must be done on vehicles, especially for public utility vehicles (PUVs).
Tip Number 2: Do not text and drive.
Tugade reminded motorists regarding Republic Act 10913, or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, which penalizes motorists caught “using a mobile communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, or to make or receive calls, and other similar acts” and “using an electronic entertainment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations, and other similar acts.”
Tip Number 3: Minimize chitchat while driving.
The LTO chief said that while driving, drivers must make sure their number one priority is safely bringing passengers to their destination.
Tip Number 4: Keep the speed limit.
Tip Number 5: Get a full eight hours of sleep.
Tip Number 6: Take regular breaks on long drives.
Tip Number 7: Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.
Tugade asked motorists to prepare for the unexpected by keeping these items on board: a cellphone and car charger; a first-aid kit; a flashlight; jumper cables; candles and matches; non-perishable food items such as biscuits; water; and blankets.
To assist motorists, the LTO has been on heightened alert from March 31 through April 10. —VBL, GMA Integrated News