Philippine Road Safety Condition
The rate of traffic accidents in the Philippines increases steadily at 20% per annum. This road safety scenario may be disturbing for the country where 80% of passenger mobility and 60% of freight traffic are dependent on land transportation.
Based on studies, 90% of traffic accidents are due to human errors that may sum up into 2 major causes: (1) lack of proper safety attitude; and (2) inadequate skills to operate motor vehicles. To these – PROPER EDUCATION IS THE KEY.
Urged by a strong sense of obligation deeply rooted from the company’s safety philosophy of “delivering safety in every vehicle”, Honda in the Philippines institutionalized road safety initiatives by establishing HONDA SAFETY DRIVING CENTER (HSDC).
Honda Safety Driving Center operates the FIRST world class training facility in the Philippines that effectively combines highly-organized instructions for both automobile and motorcycle. Its objective is to pursue manufacturers’ obligation of promoting road safety through implementation of road safety education programs for all. It is created to educate Filipino drivers and riders on road discipline, proper safety mindset and superior driving skills. This objective intends to help reduce the number of traffic accidents and improve traffic situation in the Philippines.
Company Slogan“Building a Community of Safe Road Users” is HSDC’s slogan. HSDC offers progressive education for all road users – children and adults – as part of effort to help in the accident prevention and traffic improvement campaign.
Honda Safety Driving Center houses eighty (8) training rooms with varying seating capacity from 10 participants to a high of 120 students. It also maintains a library that will eventually become a vast data resource center on everything about safety.
Integrated in the Center's 2.4 hectare facility is a world-class training circuit that simulates traffic network and actual road conditions. This way, proper road interaction will be highly understood and appreciated by the learners while their confidence is being developed.
Motorcycle Courses include slalom, S-course, figure 8, narrow plank and bumpy path. These are all intended to develop essential skills in balancing, turning, braking and throttle control. Moreover, riding exercises in these are performed in various set-up and levels of difficulty to equip riders with safety techniques that are very useful in today's traffic conditions.
The Automobile training circuit is made-up of s-course, crank, slopes, 3-point turn and parking exercises. Comprehensive training in these courses will make learners more analytical and precise with their driving maneuvers.
The track also incorporates actual vehicular traffic channels like controlled intersection, merging traffic, round-about and slopes. In these courses, learners will be familiarized with the right-of-way rule without risking self and the motoring public. These are also vital in making learners understand the varying characteristics of other road users. In doing so, courtesy and respect becomes inherent to the new generation of responsible drivers.
Mindful of the existing weather and road conditions in the Philippines, HSDC introduces wet surface braking and dirt courses with the aim of teaching drivers how to properly manage vehicles in various slippery and debris-filled road conditions. THESE TRACKS ARE FIRST IN ASIA OUTSIDE JAPAN.