Welcome to the rainy season - Weekend

Welcome to the rainy season

Jerome NeriAtty. Jerome G. Neri
The Scrutineer

IT’S back to school but it is not back to traffic, as traffic never left us during the summer – we will just have more traffic jams. The cause of traffic jams these days is not the unqualified motorists that I always complain about, but rather it is the National Government. Yup, our National Government, through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is the cause of all this traffic. The gross inexcusable stupidity and laziness of the DPWH has ruined our beautiful island.

I say they are stupid because they do road works at random. They destroy part of A.S Fortuna St. and while it is being repaired destroy part of Cabancalan. This act of fixing all of the roads in such a slow and disorganized manner causes a province-wide traffic gridlock. Why can’t they just smartly repair one road at a time in an efficient and speedy manner?

WET SEASON. A street vendor smiles as she takes a selfie on her smartphone near a university in Manila. While the vendor has something to smile about, Millions of commuters and vehicle owners all over the country, Metro Cebu included, will have to brace themselves for floods brought about by heavy rains and poor infrastructure. (AP FOTO)
WET SEASON. A street vendor smiles as she takes a selfie on her smartphone near a university in Manila. While the vendor has something to smile about, Millions of commuters and vehicle owners all over the country, Metro Cebu included, will have to brace themselves for floods brought about by heavy rains and poor infrastructure. (AP FOTO)

Speaking of A.S. Fortuna St., the rehabilitation of this road began in February of 2014 yet. It is now June of 2015 and, guess what, it is not even halfway done yet. So, we are going into another rainy season with the DPWH’s moronic idea of installing huge culverts that will channel the flooding water along A.S. Fortuna to the Subangdaku River. The Subangdaku river overflows during heavy rains and it will brilliantly drain itself to A.S. Fortuna, flooding it more. Even a person with less than average IQ knows than one cannot drain water to an overflowing river, hence it is correct for me to say that the DPWH is composed of morons.

I also found out that the roads in the South Road Properties (SRP) are under the jurisdiction of the DPWH. There was a race there a month ago, the VIOS Cup, where half of the SRP was closed for the weekend. The organizers wanted both lanes closed and had a permit from the mayor to close both roads for one event. It was the DPWH that disallowed it as it may cause traffic. How ironic for them. Anyway, come November, the SRP will experience massive traffic jams because SM Seaside City will be open. When this traffic comes, of course the fault will fall squarely on the DPWH for lack of foresight. Knowing that a major mall is opening at the SRP, they should have planned and built service roads as to separate those going to SM from those going to Talisay City. Wait a minute… what lack of foresight was I talking about? Morons do not have foresight.

RAINY DAY TIPS. Enough of the rant. The rainy season is here and it is important to prepare and protect our cars for the season.

Rain can actually damage the paint/finish of our cars. To protect our cars, it will be wise to have complete paint detail. While some people may think is a waste of money to shine a car in the rainy season, the truth is it is a good investment. Getting proper paint detail means removing deep dirt and grime imbedded in the paint, polishing it, and then applying paint sealant/protection. It is the paint sealant/protection that is important because of its hydrophobic properties. Water will not be able to penetrate your paint/finish, thereby protecting it from the harmful effects of rain.

Check your tires. It is important that there is enough tread depth in your tires. It is the treads that channel water out of the tires, so that there will be sufficient contact between the tires and the road. Tires have markers: these are bridges between treads randomly around the tires. Once these bridges connect two threads together, this would mean that the tread is already insufficient and the tire must be replaced. Using a worn tire on wet roads may cause hydroplaning and a major accident.

Lastly, make it a habit at the beginning of each rainy season to replace the windshield wipers of your car. Do not make it reach a point that when you turn-on your wipers, the visibility becomes worse than when it was off.

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