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Alcohol discontent

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‘IF YOU’RE going to drive, don’t drink.  If you’re going to drink, don’t drive.’ File photo

The approval last May of Republic Act No. 10586, aka “An Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs and Similar Substances,” was hardly noticed by the general public. Private car owners and operators of public utility vehicles and commercial vehicles did not comment or react, most likely because they were unaware of the heavy penalties imposed by the new law and the potential for its abuse by unscrupulous deputized law enforcers.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

An open letter to students with a new car

ILLUSTRATION BY ALBERT RODRIGUEZ

School has just started and you kids are out with your new rides. From this day until about August, you will be showing off your wheels acquired after extensive groveling the past school year.

Posted: June 12th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

Seating pretty

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Diagram courtesy of BMW M

Most Filipino drivers are taught by their dads, uncles, brothers, manong (the family driver) who were also taught by their dads, uncles, brothers and their manong. Unlike in developed countries where driver education is part of the school curriculum and have stringent standards, Filipinos depend on the information passed on from generation to generation by auto maintenance urban myths, driving styles and bad habits.

Posted: May 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Wanted: a real car for women

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CONCEPT car by Gav Quintos

It’s International Women’s Month ladies so I’m focusing on topics that make motoring more chic for our pleasure.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Motoring,Photos & Videos | Read More »

STAR operator strictly enforces speed limit rule

Speedsters driving on the 42-kilometer Southern Tagalog arterial road (STAR) expressway from Sto. Tomas to Batangas City, better not get too carried away.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

A road trip back in time with the Isuzu Crosswind

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TIME TESTED As rich and colorful as the history of the houses at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, the variants of the Isuzu Crosswind AUV has carved its niche in the local motoring scene.

Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) recently finished the second leg of a three-leg series of road trips that started mid-February starting with the Valentine season where members of the motoring media were invited to partake in an out-of-town road trip dubbed as “A Date with the Isuzu Crosswind.” Each participant was encouraged to bring a loved one as a road trip partner; some brought their better half while others came as a pair of siblings and there were even father-and-daughter teams.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

10 brain twisters for motorists, pedestrians

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Concrete lane separator, which creates more traffic, is hard to see at night and can be submerged during floods. photo: TRSalazar

Manila was named in 2012 the world’s third-worst city for driving, as published in various online news portals, the source of which was CNNGo (CNN’s travel website). MSN Autos also named Manila the 10th-worst city to drive in in the world, just faring better than Mumbai, Beijing, Orlando, Toronto, Seoul and the like.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

How to (properly) read the signs on the road

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Let’s face it, we women (and sometimes men) are suckers for the sign. How many times did you flip the coin to see if you’re going to go out with him or not? Or how many times did you have to consult the magic 8-ball to ask if he really loves you? Since the Dark Ages, there have been different forms of sign-seeking runes—crystal balls, tea leaves, candle drips, mirrors, tarot cards, etc.—which in my opinion are all faulty because human beings read them.

Posted: January 15th, 2013 in Motoring | Read More »

12 ways to survive holiday driving

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A huge volume of vehicle traffic forms at Edsa-Guadalupe. ARNOLD ALMACEN

Before the “Jingle Bells,” “Silver Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Come on, Ring Those Bells” again become out of season, it would be wise to prepare ahead of the worst of the 2012 holiday traffic. Think of the city streets during Christmas season as a fat-clogged heart, where road users are like blood flowing to and from the diseased organ. Where the arteries have been clogged with fatty cholesterol after years and years of eating pork, beef, chicken and other LDL-laden foods, normal blood flow is slowed down and, at worst, grinds to a complete stop. Now that’s another set of bells tolling. The same logic can be applied to traffic: Lifetimes of selfish habits have led to chaotic road conditions on urban streets, and try as they might, our heroic traffic enforcers are rendered powerless by a problem that has become systemic.

Posted: December 12th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Rediscovering the North, rediscovering Honda

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THE CR-Z, shown here negotiating the Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos Norte, is ready for almost every kind of corner—slow and fast, smooth or bumpy—you throw at it.

Back in the day, Honda Cars Philippines was an absolute powerhouse. Their Civics and Accords, followed by the first-generation CR-V, were the pinnacle of Philippine Motoring: desirable, reliable, with the added panache of being THE premium Japanese brand in the country. Times were good, and Honda (foolishly) rested on its laurels. How the mighty have fallen, indeed.

Posted: November 28th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

A motoring newbie discovers the wonders of Ford Focus

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A FUEL-ECONOMY run with a high-tech car like the Focus can, well, take you out of focus.

Heavily modified, turbo-charged, and badged, my image of Ford Focus will always be the tough RS (Rallye Sport) WRC (World Rally Championship) edition which debuted in Monte Carlo Rally in 1999, a year after the road version first rolled out of the factory.

Posted: November 21st, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

Close shave

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I almost killed myself last week, along with my driving partner Ahmed. Waking up at the crack of dawn, followed by a heavy breakfast in freezing cold, the lightly snowing Alps weather isn’t something out of the ordinary for me. And we were scheduled to drive the big Bentley Continental GT Speed for over 350 kilometers in four hours, with coffee stops, driver changes and the all-important beauty shots meant driving was going to be brisk, to put it lightly.

Posted: October 30th, 2012 in Motoring | Read More »

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