Filipino drivers no longer ‘Asiong Aksaya’ on gas


Despite their notorious reputation for reckless driving, most Filipino drivers are more than willing to change their habits, if it would mean saving on fuel expenses.

Close to nine out of 10 Filipinos surveyed by Royal Dutch Shell Plc. said they would change their driving behavior to save on fuel, while five out of 10 committed to be more active in saving fuel if they would be given more tips on how to do it.

These were part of the results of a research commissioned by Shell to look into the driving habits of some 8,000 motorists in 10 European and Asian countries or territories, including the Philippines, in order to understand how it could “help more drivers save more fuel, more often.”

Based on the research, Filipino drivers showed the most positive attitude toward fuel economy knowing that this would result in more savings. Also, 94 percent of Filipino motorists polled saw fuel efficiency as an important way to save money.

The research also included The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Respondents to the online survey conducted from Jan. 31 to Feb. 27 this year were those responsible for paying for their own fuel and other charges over a period of at least a month.

Positive attitude

They included about 1,000 motorists from the Philippines who spoke of their driving behavior and expressed their views about fuel efficiency and quality.

The results of the research, called Shell FuelSave Index, could be useful in drafting fuel conservation and efficiency measures, deemed crucial for a country like the Philippines, which imports almost 100 percent of its fuel requirements (crude and finished products) for transport.

Such measures could also help shield motorists from the volatility of fuel prices locally and abroad.

Fuel-saving tips

Filipino drivers also led their Asian counterparts in observing fuel-saving techniques, according to the research.

The Philippines ranked first in three out of the top 5 fuel-saving tips, namely: avoiding over-revving (79 percent), reducing speed (56 percent) and driving smoothly (53 percent).

The Philippines ranked second in Asia in avoiding excessive idling (25 percent) and ranked third in using the top gear (30 percent).

“It is encouraging to note that awareness on fuel reduction methods have increased in the past years,” the Shell FuelSave Index said.

“In 2010, the leading reason that prevented Filipinos from reducing fuel consumption was that they did not know how to, based on the responses by 41 percent of those polled. Today, this reason is down to No.  4 with only 12 of the respondents saying that they did not know how to reduce fuel consumption.”

The survey also showed that more education was needed for Filipinos to reduce fuel consumption, as some 20 percent of the respondents said there was not enough information to do so, according to analysts.

Target One Million

On Thursday, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.  launched its Target One Million, a campaign which the firm said was aimed at helping one million motorists across the globe learn how to save fuel.

The campaign will involve the release of a series of interactive, online mini-games to equip drivers with the skills they need to help save fuel and cut down their fuel costs.

“The launch of the … Target One Million website is Shell’s most recent milestone in our journey for smarter mobility and fuel economy,” Shell vice president for communications Roberto Kanapi said.

Shell FuelSave brand manager Rona Rodriguez-Baes said programs like  Target One Million were important in demonstrating “that by using these fuels and making a few simple changes to your driving habits, it’s easy for anyone to start saving fuel today.”

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  • zouk28

    A poll of 1000 does not a survey make , much less the 41% – especially here in the Philippines.  While the survey hits on something positive is commendable.  However since the seesawing of gas prices during the past months, one does not need a survey. People have done things in their own way to cut down on their gas expenses. And even if you have all these tips on how to save on fuel, still it would be moot (here, at least).

    Nonetheless, for sure one of the tips is to avoid frequent braking and revving.  Now consider this – one fuel guzzler here is evidently the traffic. Traffic enforcers have failed miserably in controlling road traffic much less enforce traffic laws which is also questionable – if they really know the laws .  Yet let us not give all the credit to these enforcers, vehicle operators have contributed to the chaos in the streets.  They break traffic laws with impunity and sometimes right in front of these traffic enforcers. Why?????

    Since we’re in the topic of positive action, why not make something positive of this chaos and anarchy on the streets.  First of all, we need a battalion, if not a regiment, of honest, trustworthy and knowledgable traffic enforcers who will do their mandated duties to the letter.  With this, the hapless (or is it helpless) agency overseeing traffic would have a steady flow of income. HOW?

    In Metro Manila, a majority percentage of vehicle operators violate a traffic law daily if not hourly or even minutely.  The TRUSTWORTHY ENFORCER would issue a ticket and the violator would surely have to pay the fine lest his license be suspended or revoked.  With the number of tickets issued per day, the agency would be deluged with violators settling their infractions.  ERGO, a source of revenue for our government plus it would instill discipline in these vehicle operators.


    • Bansot

      Easier said than done. Unfortunately in a country,  where the influential people, politician, the rich and even government officials/authorities can easily twist events to their favour, a dedicated trafffic enforcer can easily become the “MEAT IN THE SANDWICH ”   Take the case of a rookie patrolman who apprehended the driver of a politician for speeding. At the station the station commander reprimanded the rookie police for being ignorant of the trafrfic rules (??) instead of charging the congressman and his driver for reckless driving..
      (apparently, this will save them their jobs) Have you read about an army officer who speeded inside a private subdivision, and when the private security guards, apprehended him, he went back to his station and ordered his men to disarm all the security guards. Until we all change our mental attitude that we can circumvent the laws or believe that there are  who can be above the laws, a battalion of traffic enforcers can not make any difference at all.

      • zouk28

        You’re right about us changing but not only mentally but in a lot of ways.  Not doing so would be our undoing – if not already. 

        Still the question, why are we good citizens when we migrate/work in other countries (some of whom have been named models or good examples in their community) and cannot be the same in our own.

        Like that cartoon character whose comment is, “WE’RE DOOMED!!!!!”

      • Bansot

        I guess I’ve answered your question through my example of a dedicated traffic enforcer who becomes the “MEAT IN THE SANDWICH” by doing his job the right way. Simply, the system itself is rotten. If someone tried to DO his work right, the truths are twisted, that he ended up being the “bad guy”… Filipinos have witnessed so many of these incidents that they realized by now that a  ” DEAD HERO IS ONLY REMEMBERED FOR A DAY”..

  • lastduckstanding

    yeah as if drivers would care about how much their employer pays for the fuel…

  • Albin

    Dati 5 days a week ko dala car to office.
    Ngayon, once na lang…wala na talaga akong pera pang gasolina.
    Laki tipid sa pag commute…hirap lang talaga pag katabi mo sa LRT pawisan at mabaho.

    • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

       buti ka pa may option, pag namasahe ako mas mahal pa..e pano yung tricycle s amin parang taxi ang singil

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    you cannot say the same on jeepney drivers coz they are being subsidized by the gov’t…kung mag-abang nga sa kanto yan naka-3 stop n yung traffic light, abang pa rin pasahero effectively blocking “us” the nagtitipid people

  • GKLer

    Jeepney drivers think they save fuel by not using headlights at night.

    • Marko

       WHaaaat? really? That’s stupid!

      • GKLer

        Yup.  Even the tricycle drivers are following their example.  You can see them in Manila, Paranaque, QC.  Meanwhile the MMDA and PNP are asleep.

    • marionics

      may nagsabi sa akin na wala daw kasing baterya yang mga jeep kaya di nagiilaw. kinakabit lang ang battery to start the engine tapos pag nagstart na tatanggalin nila baterya daw. apparently puede daw itong gawin sa diesel engine. pero parang malabo yata yun. anyway…

  • cooldoods

    bakit under headline news to? feature story to para sa Shell Corporation

  • CyberPinoy

    One gas saving tip i’ve learned when driving is i can save gas when putting the gear in neutral to slowdown before stop when anticipating RED LIGHTS or seeing YELLOW in the traffic lights.  This is called FREE-WHEELING.

    Yung exam sa driving license application should include gas saving tips for wouldbe drivers.  This should be done for awareness and responsible driving.

  • tong_its

    no brainer observation, unless gasoline is free.
    poverty is the mother of ditching wasteful habits.kung kinakapos o wala na pambili ng gasolina, either magtitipid ka, baguhin ang driving habits mo para makatipid o maging commuter ka na lang.

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