MANILA – According to the first “Global Driver Satisfaction Index” (GDSI), Metro Manila has the worst traffic condition and longest commutes in the world. The GDSI was released by traffic and navigation application Waze on September 29.
In the GDSI, Waze evaluated the driving experience of its 50 million users in 32 countries and 167 metro areas. It considered six factors namely the traffic level by frequency and severity of traffic jams; road quality and infrastructure; driver safety based on accidents, road hazards and weather; driver services like access to gas stations and easy parking; socio-economic including access to cars and impact of gas prices; and “Wazeyness,” the level of helpfulness and happiness within the Waze community.
Assigning a numerical score from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, each country and city was scored from being ‘miserable’ to being ‘satisfying.’
“On a city level, Manila reported the worst traffic on Earth, with Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Jakarta not far behind,” Waze said in its report, showing that Manila was scored 0.4 in the traffic index.
Compared to 18 other metro cities in the world, the average commute in Manila was also the longest which lasted up to 45.5 minutes. It had a numerical score of 0.0.
Overall, the Philippines also ranked low in terms of traffic and socio-economic indices, being the third worst place to drive in the world. But with regards to the safety and driver services indices, the country ranked well, being one of the world’s best.