Waze reveals this PH city is worst place to be a driver (hint: it’s not Manila)

In Cars, Games, Apps, and OS by Alora Uy GuerreroLeave a Comment

It’s out. Traffic app Waze has released its second Driver Satisfaction Index, an annual study of the driving experience of its users in 38 countries and 235 metros, and the result is surprising.

No, we are not shocked a city in the Philippines once again claims the “worst place in the world to be a driver” crown. What’s surprising is the (dis)honor goes to Cebu, not Manila, this time around; Manila is now “just” at 17th place. We have not been to the Queen City of the South for more than a year, so we don’t know what it’s like to be in Cebu these days.

Rounding out the worst 5 are mostly Indonesian cities: Bogor, Indonesia; San Salvador, El Salvador; Denpasa, Indonesia; and Bandung, Indonesia.

The worst cities to drive in are Cebu, Philippines; Bogor, Indonesia; San Salvador, El Salvador; Denpasa, Indonesia; and Bandung, Indonesia.

Waze has more than 65 million monthly active users in 185 countries, but to ensure data accuracy and fair market comparisons, it only included in its analysis those places with over 20,000 active users per month.

And instead of focusing on one measurable factor, such as time spent in traffic, Waze centered on six aspects — both qualitative and quantitative:

  1. Traffic — density and severity
  2. Quality — road quality and infrastructure
  3. Road safety — density of accidents, road hazards, and weather
  4. Driver services — access to gas stations and easy parking
  5. Socio-economic — access to cars and impact of gas prices
  6. Wazeyness — happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community, as measured by reports “thanked” by other drivers and driver moods selected within the app

Cities that give drivers the most satisfying experience are dominated by the French: Valence, France; Tours, France; Lemans, France; Saint-Etienne, France; and Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S. If only it were easy to relocate…

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 17 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.