Following road rules amid heavy rain and bad traffic

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According to online database Numbeo, the Philippines is the fifth country in the world — third in Asia — with the worst traffic conditions.

Editor's note: Any opinions expressed here are solely the author's.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A recent study found out that 77 percent of motorists in the Philippines believe traffic congestion causes the most stress when on the road.

The survey, commissioned by Ford Motor Company Philippines, asked Filipino drivers what their common causes of road stress are.

Congested traffic topped the responses. Ranking second on the list was fuel prices, while looking for parking came in third. The rest of the factors were: accidents, pedestrians, traffic fines, cyclists, parallel parking, and hitting animals.

For a country that is among the world’s worst in traffic conditions, it isn’t a surprise that people blame congested traffic as their main cause of stress when driving.

Read: 5 ways you can deal with stress

According to online database Numbeo, the Philippines is the fifth country in the world — third in Asia — with the worst traffic conditions.

Based on Numbeo’s 2015 traffic index mid-year report, the country had a traffic index score of 201.31, lagging behind Egypt, South Africa, Thailand, and Iran.

Numbeo defined traffic index as “a composite index of time consumed in traffic due to job commute, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction, carbon dioxide consumption estimation in traffic, and overall inefficiencies in the traffic system.”

To make it simpler, the study revealed that the average one-way commuting and traveling time in the Philippines takes about 46.09 minutes before people reach their destination.

However, such was not the case in Metro Manila on Tuesday night (September 8).

Related: Downpour causes monstrous traffic jam in Metro Manila

Based on comments and posts on social media, motorists and commuters spent a long time on the road to get from one place to another. It took around two hours for a number of people; three or four hours for some.

With the current status of traffic in our country, a short downpour can extremely affect road conditions. Case in point, last night. Which also happened to be just the second day of the Highway Patrol Group’s (HPG) traffic management on EDSA.

HPG Director PCSupt. Arnold Gunnacao said in an interview on CNN Philippines’ Headline News on Wednesday that they weren’t prepared to man traffic along EDSA amid heavy rains and floods because they failed to request early from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) of the list of areas prone to floods.

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Last night, it took me three hours to get to Pasay from Glorietta. On a good day, that trip only takes around 15 minutes. Last night was an extreme case — rain and bad traffic rolled into one.

But what was more disappointing thing was drivers disobeying traffic rules. Counterflow here, counterflow there. Most even failed to observe road courtesy.

We know there’s nothing we can do about the rain, and there’s little we can do about the traffic situation in our country. So in a case like last night’s, the least motorists can (and should) do is to remain obedient to the road laws.

Like the survey said, 77 percent of Filipino drivers believe congested traffic is the main cause of their stress. And if we don’t — properly and consistently — follow traffic rules, then we, in some way, also contribute to traffic congestion.

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