Pinoys are the world’s best drivers no matter the gender, says Shell on its recent study

March 4, 2018

Shell, through its official local division Pilipinas Shell, recently launched an event called “What Drives You.” This is to reveal the result of the fuel Giant’s recent global endeavour dubbed as the Shell Driving Experiment.

As its name implies, the Shell Driving Experiment focuses on the emotional behaviours of drivers under different situations, locations, and driving conditions, among others. As regard, the experiment utilised cutting edge tech such as chatbots, wearable devices, mobile apps, and weather/traffic data to gather information.

These information include acceleration and braking performances, as well as the the average speed. The premise is that the smoother the driver accelerates, brakes, and the slower his/her average speed, the higher his/her driving performance score goes.

Over 2,000 drivers from 11 countries worldwide, including Malaysia, Germany, The Netherlands, the Philippines, took part in the experiment. In the Philippines alone, more than 300 participants from key areas such as Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao took the challenge and logged on about 2,000 journeys.

As it turns out, Filipino drivers scored the highest driving performance among all the participating countries. The results came out unexpectedly, considering the everyday news reports of erring Pinoy drivers/pedestrians causing all sorts of road mishaps, as well as the worsening traffic and road conditions almost everywhere. But Shell wasn’t bluffing when it presented the by-the-numbers results of the experiment it did here in the country.

The experiment revealed that the average journey distance here in the country is about 16,200 miles (or roughly 26,071 kilometers) with an average speed of 18 km/h and an average time of 60 minutes from points A to B (and everything in-between). This translated to an average driver efficiency score of 72% and an average smooth trip score of 98%.

That’s great news, but what’s greater is the realization of the multitude of factors that affect how the driver behaves on the road. It turns out that stress, family, journey companion, and even the kind of food/drink taken before the journey can make or break a smooth drive. Also, the experiment showed that a driver’s gender has nothing to do with how better or worse he or she performs on the road.

As regard, the experiment brought out great qualities of the male and female Pinoy driver. These qualities even have a name; Modern Man and Gamma Woman, respectively. Per the experiment, a Modern Man is someone who exhibits a unique balance of sensitive and ambitious personality traits that enable him to possess a stable emotional state when driving. He is neither too excited, nor too low. The Gamma Woman, on the other hand, is someone of openness and emotional stability on and off the road

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.