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WalterMitty
5/21/2022 19:09 EST

I love to drive, will it be possible to rent a vehicle and drive the country side

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trappedinhell
5/23/2022 20:37 EST

There is AVIS & Hertz car rental in the Philippines (Manila); BUT they charge an "Arm & a Leg". There are independent vehicle rentals; but usually a driver comes with it, were you have to feed him and provide accomodations for him on where you are going.
I'm not discouraging you to drive here, but road rules and driving etiquette here are nearly nonexistent. Even in the provinces where you could encounter a trike driver straddling the lanes or a motorbike passing you on the road shoulder.
Then there is this law here if you get into a serious accident where you could go to jail even if it wasn't your fault - "Reckless imprudence resulting in death, physical injuries, or property damage", and was the fault of the other driver who violated the traffic rules.

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draks
5/23/2022 17:24 EST

For me, not driving is just way too restrictive, I absolutely hate jeepneys, fold double to get in, and then squashed up like sardines, every small van driver I have been in has driven like a maniac, had to shout at a couple of drivers to slow down, I have seen accidents with these things. Tricycles are only good for very short trips.
Aircon buses are not too bad but for long journeys you might need to change a couple of times.
With a car we can just get up and go. Hate being without a car. Driving here is more of a challenge admitted, my dad told me when I started driving to think like other drivers are complete idiots, that is good advice here, if a car is waiting in a side road, expect them to pull out in front of you, when they do it's not a surprise. If you leave a safe gap in front of you expect a 40 ton truck to try and squeeze in, you do eventually get used to it. People driving at night without lights is a problem. I have driven thousands of miles here, but I won't drive through Manila during the day. There are now ways to get round manila with new toll roads past NAIA cuts out Al the busy overcrowded roads.

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LovePhilly
5/23/2022 09:17 EST

I echo what everyone else have indicated here. The roadways are terrifying to me. Rules of the road seem optional.

In the likely case I were eventually involved in an accident I can't imagine that law enforcement would conduct a professional traffic accident investigation. I may be wrong but I suspect it would be the "white guys" fault.

I just won't drive there.

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