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Citom: Wake up early to avoid Monday morning traffic

By: Michelle Joy L. Padayhag June 01,2014 - 10:18 AM

Heavy traffic is expected in major thorough fares in Cebu City as classes in some schools open tomorrow. (CDN FILE PHOTO/ JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Brace for heavier traffic as classes open tomorrow.

If you don’t want to be late going to school or work, motorists and commuters should  wake up early to avoid the gridlock during rush hour.

“Those who have no private vehicles  should sleep early. Waking up early is very important  so that they can  plan ahead where they  will go,” said Joy Tumulak , operations head of City Traffic Operations Management (Citom).

He said the ideal time to ride  public transport in the morning is 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Going home,  try to avoid  peak hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to avoid  getting caught in traffic.

Those who can afford to wait out the peak traffic “can go to the mall,  church, the library or spend overtime at work if they don’t have anything to do at home,” he said.

He also encouraged motorists to read or listen to  news advisories  about road work or  rehabilitation which are traffic-prone areas.

Drivers should  check their vehicles before leaving.

Tumulak  said they should remember the phrase   “BLOW BAGS”,  which stands for battery, lights (signal and head lights), oil, water for the engine, brakes, air, gas, and safety.

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