By Jel Santos
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reminded motorists to take precaution as they travel back to Metro Manila after the holiday season, and coined an acronym to make one of their travel tips easy to remember.
The humanitarian organization urged motorists to observe the following:
- Use a seatbelt.
- Wear a helmet on a motorcycle.
- Drive at a safe speed and distance suitable for the conditions.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Do not use a mobile phone while driving.
- Know and respect the highway code.
- Maintain vehicle in good condition.
- Be visible as a pedestrian or a cyclist.
- Know how to react in case of a crash.
- Wear loose cotton shirts.
- Avoid bringing small children to a cemetery. If necessary, pin on their clothing a small piece of paper with their name and contact details in case they get lost.
- If under medication, don’t forget to bring your medicines.
- Avoid bringing food that easily spoils.
- Don’t forget to bring drinking water, fans, face towels, and umbrellas to avoid dehydration.
- Remember “BLOWBAGETS” (Brakes, Lights, Oil, Water, Batteries, Air, Gas, Engine, Tires, Self)
The public can contact PRC’s 24/7 Operations Center by dialling 143 or 8790-23-00.
PRC is a “voluntary, independent and autonomous non-governmental society auxiliary to the authorities of the Republic of the Philippines in the humanitarian field.”
Since its founding, the humanitarian organization has been serving humanity in the areas of disaster management, blood collection and dispensing, welfare, safety, health, and hygiene. It maintains a corps of volunteers and trained youth.