MPT Mobility, a mobility solutions company that aims to improve Filipinos’ travel experience through tech-driven products and services, shares some travel tips to keep you safe on the road during this long holiday break.
1. Streamline toll payments with Easytrip RFID
Avoid the hassle of searching for spare change and contributing to cash lane congestion by using the Easytrip RFID system. Obtaining your Easytrip RFID sticker is now easier than before. Simply check out Google Maps or the Easytrip Station Finder to locate a nearby station. For a swift transaction and to bypass expressway congestion, it’s advisable to visit dedicated RFID stations ahead of time. Fill out the Subscription Form, pay the initial load requirement (the RFID sticker and installation are free!), and you’re good to go.
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2. Organize travel essentials
Certain items are indispensable for safe travel, including a First Aid kit, water, a power bank, and extra cash. Staying connected is equally crucial. Plan your itinerary on your preferred trip-planning platform and have your navigation app ready to ensure you stay on schedule. Apps like MPT DriveHub can provide real-time traffic alerts, allowing you to adjust your plans on the fly. Given the expected traffic patterns, the app is especially valuable at NLEX toll plazas during this period.
3. Shift to RFID for smooth toll payment
During peak travel times, like this long holiday break, northbound lines on NLEX are likely to build up in the afternoon and peak the following morning. Southbound Undas traffic usually reaches its peak around 3 p.m.. To navigate this smoothly, it’s recommended that motorists who usually pay in cash make the switch to RFID, particularly for toll plazas offering 100% RFID lanes.
4. Manage your budget efficiently
Nobody wants to encounter a “low balance” alert right before hitting the road. Linking your Easytrip RFID account with MPT DriveHub allows you to check your balance and reload quickly, all within the same app. Doing this before your journey enables you to budget your travel expenses effectively.
5. Choose the right pit stop
For a road trip, an insufficient stopover can be frustrating. NLEX Drive & Dine offers an ideal pit stop before completing your journey to Metro Manila. It provides a range of dining and retail options, catering to weary travelers and motorists. Mobility brands not only offer an array of restaurants but also contribute to environmental sustainability by “gamifying” recycling to keep the area free of single-use plastic litter.
6. Know your emergency options
Although no one wishes to deal with emergencies during their travels, preparedness is key. In addition to emergency numbers and kits, the MPT DriveHub app offers a 24/7 emergency roadside assistance feature. With a simple tap on the Help button in the app, you can access roadside assistance, ensuring that you get back on the road safely and swiftly.
To make the most of your long weekend drive, obtain your free Easytrip RFID at any Easytrip Station and download MPT DriveHub from the Apple Store or Google Play. For dining and retail updates, follow NLEX Drive & Dine on Facebook and Instagram, and for additional information, visit MPT Mobility’s website.