No one in Metro Manila is immune to traffic, not even us who work in digital marketing. The Philippines has been ranked first with the worst traffic on Earth. According to the Highway Patrol Group, EDSA traffic is caused by the sheer volume of cars. And while the police agency has performed better than anyone in controlling the mess, heavy traffic is still commonplace. With the coming holiday season, Manileños can expect the traffic to get worse as more people drive to go shopping at malls or attend gatherings with friends and family.
Fortunately, several digital apps exist to help us navigate the overcrowded roads better and dodge the horrors of Metro Manila traffic. Below is a list of these apps you can access via smartphone or tablet:
In partnership with InterAksyon, MMDA has developed an app that monitors traffic in real-time along major roads such as EDSA, C-5, and Quezon Avenue. It provides a reliable bird’s eye view of which areas should be avoided.
Pioneered by an Israel-based startup, Waze offers more than turn-by-turn street navigation. It’s a social traffic app that utilizes crowdsourcing to determine which routes have the least amount of traffic. It’s the perfect app to use if you want to avoid the heaviest traffic jams and discover alternative routes.
Aside from car owners, commuters too are bogged down by heavy traffic. For alternative routes, they can consult Sakay.ph. The app provides multiple directions combining data on jeeps, buses, and trains. Commuters can simply choose the option that best fits their needs.
As the holidays approach, these apps will only prove invaluable for Filipino motorists and commuters who want to brave the roads. Give yourself an early Christmas gift and download any of these.
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