Think New York's City traffic is the worst? Wait till you get to drive around Philippines Cebu City, rated in a recent study as the "worst place in the world to be a driver."
The study took into consideration traffic density and severity, quality of roads and infrastructure, road safety, driver services, social economics, and "wazeyness" or the "happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community."
The study, which focused on countries and cities with more than 20,000 active Waze users monthly "to ensure data accuracy and fair market comparison," used a single numeric score from 1 (miserable) to 10 (satisfying).
With a driver satisfaction index of 1.15, Cebu was "ranked as the least satisfying, or the worst place in the world to be a driver," Waze said in its study.
Cebu, which wasn't ranked in last year's study, was followed in the list by Bogor, Indonesia; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Denpasar and Bandung in Indonesia.
"El Salvador, the Philippines, Guatemala, Panama and Indonesia are the least satisfying places to drive globally, largely due to intense traffic and low Wazeyness and socioeconomic factors," Waze said in the study.
Users ranked Cebu's traffic an abysmal 0.58, while the safety and quality of its roads were rated 2.07 and 2.50, respectively.
The city got a "wazeyness" score of 1.35, while its social economics index, which takes into account the impact of gas prices and the ratio of cars to population was rated 0.
- No data was provided for the city's driver services, which include the number of gas stations, car services and parking lots.
- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has yet to issue a statement on the study.
- The agency recently submitted to the Senate its list of priority projects and programs should Congress grant President Duterte emergency powers to address the traffic crisis in the country.
For the second time, the Netherlands was considered the most satisfying place in the world to drive in for its "smooth traffic conditions and solid road quality and infrastructure.
" It was followed by France, the United States, the Czech Republic and Sweden.
France dominated the list of cities best to drive in, as nine of its metro cities were included in the Top 10.