MANILA - The traffic crisis in Metro Manila that the government is trying to solve is not the worst in the world, according to the latest survey conducted by traffic and navigation app Waze.
But while this may come as a relief for drivers in the capital, a Philippine city has bagged the title of having the worst traffic on earth.
Cebu City has been named as the worst metro to drive in after the southern metropolis ranked the lowest among 186 cities included in Waze's worldwide survey.
While Cebu City occupied the bottom spot, Angeles City in Pampanga ranked 147th, while Manila jumped to the 170th spot, 16 places higher that its rank last year.
Other cities considered as a no-no for drivers include San Salvador in El Salvador, and Indonesian cities Bogor, Bandung, and Denpasar.
French cities meanwhile dominated the best cities to drive in with Valence, Tours, Lemans, Saint-Etienne, Avignon, Reims, Nimes, Douai-Lens, and Orleans grabbing eight of the top ten spots "for most satisfying driving experience, due to good-quality roads, low gas prices and traffic, and a helpful Waze community."
In terms of countries, the Philippines is ranked 37th, second worst only to El Salvador.
The Netherlands topped the list of best countries for drivers, followed by France.
"For the second consecutive year, the most satisfying place in the world to drive is the Netherlands, thanks to its smooth traffic conditions and solid road quality and infrastructure," the company said in its official blog.
"And where is it tough to be a driver? El Salvador, the Philippines, Guatemala, Panama, and Indonesia are the least satisfying places to drive globally, largely due to intense traffic and low Wazeyness and socio-economic factors," Waze added.
Waze said the Driver Satisfaction Index is based on the driving experience of its app's users, focusing on countries and cities with over 20,000 monthly active users. The study took into account the following driving factors:
- Traffic - Density and severity
- Quality - Road quality and infrastructure
- Road Safety - Density of accidents, road hazards and weather
- Driver Services - Access to gas stations and easy parking
- Socio Economic - Access to cars and impact of gas prices
- Wazeyness - Happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community (as measured by reports "thanked" by other drivers and driver moods selected within the app)
The full data report of Waze's Driver Satisfaction Index 2016 can be downloaded here: https://inbox-static.waze.com/driverindex.pdf