My dad (we call him Papa) taught me how to drive at age 6, even before I can reach those pedals. And since he’s turning 70 this month, I’d like to share some of the best driving advice he has given me through the years.
1. “Wag magulo ang manubela. Steady ka lang”. – probably one of best driving advice I got. Keep it steady, keep it cool.
2. “Basta sa linya ka lang, wag ka matakot sa mga nasa gilid mo. Pag nadaplisan ka, kasalanan nila”. Even before I learned the term “swerving” ever existed, my dad taught me against it.
3. “Wag kang preno ng preno. Maaasar sayo ang nasa likod mo pag pula ng pula ang tail light mo.” – Yep, be sensitive of others feelings when on the road.
4. “Pag may tumatawid na tao, huminto ka.” That’s probably why my dad is the best driver in the Philippines — you can seldom see this being done by Metro Manila drivers.
5. “Pag bumili ka ng kotse, Toyota bilin mo. Ayos yan, madali humanap ng pyesa”. I took this advice to heart. My first car is a Toyota Corolla 2000 GLI. And though I don’t drive a Toyota anymore, I still think that Toyota is indeed the best car make in the world.
6. “Pag nahuli ka, maglagay ka nalang para di maabala.” I know, not the politically correct advice. I even disagree with him on this one now. But hey, my dad is old school, you know what I mean? ;)
7. “Pag may nanggigitgit sayo, iwasan mo nalang.” We urbaners call this defensive driving. Such a hard thing to do.
8. “Pag nasa iskinita ka, hanapin mo lang ang main road. Di ka maliligaw.” If you’re a preacher and looking for a sermon illustration, this one’s for you.
9. “Ok lang mag ‘beating the red light’ pa minsan minsan — pag wala namang sasakyan… at walang pulis”. Another old school advice. I know, a bad one. But I call this “taking risk”. ;)
10. And the best driving advice from my dad: “Pag nasiraan ka, tawagan mo lang ako”. Happened multiple times in the past. Even until now.
(I’m tearing up on that last one.)
Hey, we’re all on a journey called life. Maybe these advice work for life in general, too!
Happy birthday, Papa!