Expat author Tom Henry’s ‘Driving in The Philippines’ is a must for anyone new to driving in the Philippines - and not just for the practical advice and many humorous tips it provides. It is certainly not some dry text book full of the country’s official traffic laws and regulations. Instead, Driving in The Philippines concentrates on providing practical applications, from how to adapt to the way the locals drive to understanding local road conditions, how to transfer to or obtain a Philippine driving license to getting the best deals when buying a car, what documents you need, how to get them and how to check them, what to do in an accident - this book has it all.
As it draws together twenty years of personal driving experiences, official traffic laws in the Philippines and, more importantly, local quirks like the real rules of the road in the Philippines; if you want to drive in the PI, you want to read this book!
What's in the book
Any book is only as good as the topics it covers, so as a 'how to' guide for drivers, it is no accident that Driving in the Philippines provides comprehensive coverage of driving related topics from
Ch1. Driving Choices
The book starts by diving straight into the Philippine traffic conditions and the type of driving you are likely to encounter on first arrival at the airport. It then covers what you can do about getting around until you are prepared to get behind the wheel yourself.
Ch 2. Licensed to Drive
Dispel myths and get the facts; practical information and tips about driving on a foreign license, the types of Philippine driving licenses available, when, how and the cost of converting from a foreign license, and practical tips on when, where, and how much to renew a Philippine driving license.
Ch 3. You are what you Drive
Buying and owning a car in the Philippines has its own little local quirks. This chapter covers everything you need to know when buying a car in the Philippines; from where to buy, prices (new and old), important documentation you must check, (and how to check them), the extra mechanical checks needed on second hand cars in the Philippines, the requirements and how to register/Re-register a vehicle, local insurance and what you need to have with you when driving.
Ch 4. General Traffic and Road Norms
In this chapter you learn how to deal with Philippine roads (and drivers), why patience is a needed virtue, the official traffic laws in the Philippines (along with actual real-word application by local drivers), practical application of laws at road junctions, roundabouts (traffic circles), what lane control actually means on a Philippine road, local systems for traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, rights of way and what to expect from drivers of local motorcycles, scooters, and trikes.
Ch 5. Know Where You Are
Learn how to find out where you are when driving in the Philippines - and why asking for directions can cause, rather than solve, problems. Also learn how to interpret Philippine road markers, what Kilometer Zero is, and why it is so important.
Ch 6. Dealing with Accidents
Road traffic accidents can and do happen, so this chapter covers the ticklish problem of how expats should behave if unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident. It also covers some hard truths that expats who drive in the Philippines should learn to accept and live with if they plan on a less stressful life.
Ch 7. Philippines Roads and Conditions
The type of road surface can tell you a lot about the road you're driving on. Here in the Philippines, each type of road surface has its positive and negative points, and for safety, some require use of local driving tricks.
Ch 8. Philippines Road Hazards
As traffic laws in the Philippines are so often ignored, you may think this is the only real road hazard to be wary of - but you would be wrong. From drying crops to two-wheelers, night driving to extreme weather conditions, there are many hazards for the unwary. Learn what the hazards are, and how you can avoid them causing you grief.
Ch 9. Island Hopping
One great advantage about driving in the Philippines is that there is so much to explore - provided of course you are prepared to go island hopping around the archipelago. Find out what you need and how to go about using the many types of car ferries in the Philippines.
Driving in The Philippines ends with three appendixes packed full of needful information: Full and complete listings of LTO offices, comprehensive details on the requirements and costs involved on obtaining a Philippines driving license, and LTO defensive driving advisories and traffic laws in the Philippines.