What is B.L.O.W.B.A.G.E.T.S.?

When I first learned how to drive, I was made to memorize the mnemonic BLOWBAG, which stood for Battery, Lights, Oil, Water, Brakes, Air, and Gas.  It helped me get started on responsible driving and car ownership.  It has become second nature to me, checking all items under BLOWBAG before I leave my garage, everyContinue reading “What is B.L.O.W.B.A.G.E.T.S.?”

LTO Fines and Penalties for Traffic Violations Part 2: Violations In Connection with Number Plates & Markings on Motor Vehicles

In the second installment of our series on LTO Fines and Penalties for erring drivers, please take note that this includes offenses committed by public utility drivers and operators. Today, we are going to feature violations in connection with number plates, equipment, parts, accessories, devices, and markings of motor vehicles.  Lady drivers are strongly advisedContinue reading “LTO Fines and Penalties for Traffic Violations Part 2: Violations In Connection with Number Plates & Markings on Motor Vehicles”

LTO Fines and Penalties for Traffic Violations Part 1: Violations In Connection with Licensing

  Anong violation ko? That is a common defense mechanism of most drivers who go against road rules but would like to dodge fines and penalties.  Does it work?  Well, sometimes it does (with the help of a few hundred bucks).  But most of the time, traffic enforcers choose to slap you with a ticketContinue reading “LTO Fines and Penalties for Traffic Violations Part 1: Violations In Connection with Licensing”

Driver’s License Application Requirements Part 2

If your job requires that you drive a company vehicle or a public transportation, you need to get a Professional Driver’s License.  If you have had a Non-professional License all your life, how do you change it to Professional classification?  How do you change your name on your driver’s license after getting married?  How doContinue reading “Driver’s License Application Requirements Part 2”

Driver’s License Application Requirements

Did you know that there are more than 10 types of driver’s license applications that can be done at the Land Transportation Office (LTO)?  The most common are Student Permits and Non-professional license applications, but it appears that these are just the tip of the iceberg. Farther are other types of applications for Conductor’s License,Continue reading “Driver’s License Application Requirements”

Of Navigation Apps and Dashcams : A Quick Guide to the Anti-distracted Driving Law

The announcement that the Anti-distracted Driving Act will finally be enforced this week (today actually!) was met with a lot of questions from drivers, especially those that use navigation apps and other gadgets such as dash cameras.  If you read our previous article on this topic or have seen the news articles in the internet,Continue reading “Of Navigation Apps and Dashcams : A Quick Guide to the Anti-distracted Driving Law”

What Is Compulsory Third Party Liability Insurance?

All car owners are required by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to secure a Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL) insurance upon registering their car. Some questions that most first-time vehicle owners ask about CTPL are: Why do I need a CTPL? Who are covered by the CTPL?  Who is the ‘third party’? Is the basicContinue reading “What Is Compulsory Third Party Liability Insurance?”