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A guide to surviving Christmas traffic

CREATED WITH Shell

The holiday season is in full swing, and for all Pinoy motorists, that means one thing: deadly traffic. Keep the Christmas spirit alive and survive the holidays by following these tips:

Ready your playlist. Not only does a good, rousing playlist help keep your energy up, but listening to music can also affect how long the drive feels. The more you enjoy yourself, the less you notice time passing by. Alternatively, you could also bring a friend; conversations work just as well as music.

Think of who you’re doing this for. Remembering why you’re on the road in the first place will help you deal with the stress of holiday driving. If you’re going to a party, look forward to the good times you’ll soon be having with friends and family. If you’re going on a shopping trip, keep it in your mind that you’re buying something that’ll make a loved one happy this season. Always keep your eyes on the prize.

Stick to the plan. To make holiday traffic as painless as possible, you need to make sure your drive is efficient. Keep the number of destinations to a minimum, plot out your route carefully (memorizing the Christmas lanes will be a huge help), and make sure you stick to both. Poor planning can result in unnecessary detours, which can add an hour or more to your total time on the road.

Top up. The last thing you want to do is run out of gas in the middle of bumper-to-bumper Christmas traffic. It’s a good idea to make the gas station the first stop in any big holiday trips on your agenda, so you can make sure your tank’s always at a comfortable level.

Keep your car in tip-top shape. Extended hours in traffic can take their toll on your car, so ensure that everything's in good condition before you head out. Keep your fluids at the right level, use the right kind of oil, and make sure everything's aligned just right. It definitely wouldn't hurt to make your closest Shell service station the first stop on your drive.

Pack some food. If you’re going to be spending more than a few hours on the road, you’re going to want to keep your strength up. It’s always a good idea to keep some snacks and drinks handy while you’re navigating your way through the holiday havoc.

And since you deserve a reward for driving through all that traffic, Shell’s got a big surprise waiting for lucky customers who ready themselves for the holiday rush at their stations. From now until January 31, 2017, loading up PHP1000 or more (single purchase or cumulative) worth of gas will not only net you a 10-peso gift for your next transaction, but you also get a chance to win one of 6 BMW luxury cars or motorcycles! 



Shell is raffling off a BMW 118i Sport LCI, a BMW Motorrad F700GS, a BMW 318d SE LCI, a BMW Motorrad F7000 GS, a BMW X3 sDrive 18d SE, AND a BMW Motorrad Adventure R1200 GS for a very special Christmas promo. You can also get raffle entries for a minimum spend on Shell lubricants, or on Shell Select and Deli2Go goodies. 

You read that right – prepping for the holiday traffic at a Shell station could earn you a shiny new BMW this holiday season. So load up on the snacks, keep your car in perfect working order, and gas up, and do it all at Shell now!

For more information on this promo, click here.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Shell.

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