How to prepare for the 'Undas' long drive

by Kathleen Martin,

Posted at Oct 27 2012 03:01 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2012 11:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists were advised to check their vehicles and get enough sleep before a long drive for the All Saints' Day long weekend, officials of the North and South Luzon expressways said on Saturday.

"We invite motorists to check their vehicles before they go for a long travel and advise them to practice the BLOWBAG," Ed Nepomuceno, special operations and external affairs head of SLEx operator Skyway O&M Corp., said in an interview with ANC's “Dateline Philippines”.

BLOWBAG is an acronym for brakes, lights, oil, water, battery, air, gasoline.

Moreover, Nepomuceno said drivers should also be in good condition to avoid any unwanted mishaps on the road.

"If they are sleepy, they should take a rest first to avoid any accidents," Nepomuceno said.

A heavy influx of vehicles is expected for the upcoming All Saints' Day long weekend, Raul Ignacio, vice president for operations at NLEx operator Manila North Tollways Corp., said in the same interview.

"Based on previous experiences, it's actually on October 31st after lunch that we expect heavy traffic," Ignacio said.

Heavy traffic is also expected on the afternoon of November 4, as motorists head back to Manila.

During said long weekend, daily traffic on the NLEx is expected to peak at 200,000 to 220,000 vehicles, Ignacio said from the current daily traffic of 160,000 vehicles.

Nepomuceno also expect heavy traffic on the SLEx during the same dates. Current daily traffic at the SLEx reach 180,000 vehicles and this is foreseen to increase to 200,000 to 215,000 vehicles a day during the long weekend.

Both expressway operators have already prepared for the deluge of vehicles next week as extra patrol cars are set to be deployed.