How To Drive Like An Idiot In Bacolod
I am pleased to inform you that my book is now available at Amazon Kindle priced at $4.99.
Sorry to inform you that the book is no longer available at any online store for the reasons explained here.
It can still be downloaded in PDF format by using the green button below.
This is what the Amazon page has to say about my book –
Author Stephen Bentley tells of his experiences as a British expat in facing the culture shock of driving on the roads of Bacolod in the Philippines. “How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod” includes real-life examples of some of the idiotic driving seen on Bacolod’s highways. They are not isolated cases but indicative of the chaos on the streets. The author catalogues a list of defensive driving tips based on his impressive credentials as a driver including a background as a UK police-trained driver. This advice helps both Bacolod residents and travelers alike in how to survive in the midst of chaos.
“… From drivers, pedestrians and the ubiquitous city street vendors, we can learn more than just a thing or two on how we should conduct ourselves safely on the road from the characteristically tongue-in-cheek British wit and sometimes audaciously blunt observations of the author as he manoeuvres in Bacolod traffic.
Next to getting behind the wheel of a vehicle, this book is the closest you can get to experience “How to Drive Like an Idiot in Bacolod.” – R. BUTCH S. BACAOCO, Former Editor-in-Chief, Sun.Star Bacolod Newspaper”
At $4.99 it could save your life no matter where you live or drive. It is packed full of defensive driving tips. A small price to pay to become a safer driver!
Once again I thank the people of Bacolod, and particularly the Facebook groups I Park Like An Idiot and I Drive Like An Idiot for supporting me in this project. It was those groups who gave me the idea for the title of the book.
I’m sure you will enjoy the read. I believe it will help to make the roads a safer place.
Please leave a review on Amazon after you have read the book. Thanks!
Reviews on Amazon
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
How To Drive Like An Idiot In Bacolod’ covers about 98% of the Philippines. Steve paints the picture exactly how it is. If you plan on coming to the Philippines buy this book as your guide to driving. Pleased, also heed his warning about driving at night – very dnagerous. My wife and I have a car, but I do not drive, she does – and I have given up attempting to teach her the ‘proper way’ to drive.He is also correct about the wonderful people here. The smiles are wonderful, in fact infectious 🙂 The Filipinos are wonderful to be with – I should know I fell in love with the most wonderful Filipina. Come to the Philippines and enjoy some of the best people on the Earth. You won’t be disappointed – but don’t drive yourself 🙂
Format: Kindle Edition
I honestly didn’t appreciate the title because Filipinos aren’t idiots. We just drive a certain way because if we didn’t, we’d never get anywhere on time. Or at all. We just have a gung-ho attitude about getting someplace, though we also have a laissez-faire attitude about it as well.
At the same time, I can’t fault the author. From an outsider’s point of view, it’s crazy out there on the streets of Bacolod or any big city in the Philippines. If you’re visiting from a country where everyone follows the rules on the road, then you’re better off having a driver take you around the city. You’re probably better off closing your eyes, too, as your driver runs a red light because he says it’s clear.
Still, it was refreshing to read Bentley’s apparent shock that there are no rules when it comes to driving in the Philippines, just as there are hardly any road markings visible to the naked eye, or that even though there may be signs that say “Keep Right,” no one keeps right.
I appreciated the pictures he included, as well as links to videos that show the reader what he’s talking about. His love for the country and its people is evident, and I appreciated that as well. Filipinos’ driving habits may stump many a foreign visitor like him, but this book shows that their hospitality and resilience amidst everything else is one reason he still calls it home.
I received this book from the author in return for an honest review.