When going long distance travel to Central or Northern Luzon the best option is take the Northern Luzon Expressway or the NLEX. There’s also the MacArthur Highway option beginning at the Andres Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan, or the Quirino Avenue Option at the Cloverleaf Interchange at EDSA in Quezon City, but the NLEX is the fastest, trouble-free route.
What does the NLEX has to offer long-distance travelers?
Taking the NLEX will update the motorist on traffic guidelines very relevant to the vicinity to make the needed precaution or speed adjustment in a long distance travel. These are highway signage posts similar to those found in Australia andother western countries.
One of the NLEX’s objectives is safe driving. To this end, emergency telephone stops are now visible along the NLEX. Telephone stops are posted every 2 kilometers from the Cloverleaf or Balintawak to Burol (Bulacan) stretch, and every kilometer from the Burol to Sta. Ines (Pampanga) stretch. This feature makes for a safe 88-kilometer long distance travel. Some 7 rest and service areas are provided, 14 toll plazas, and 15 exit points.
Aside from its hi-tech close-circuit TV, the NLEX is equipped with underground car density censors to check vehicle weight and make. Motorists should take heed on the indicated speed limits posted along the way. There are hidden speed guns to check car speed on the road, and a violator may be in for a surprise at the toll gate when the highway patrol guys approach for questioning. The fastest recorded car speed so far is 320 km/hr made by a converted Nissan Skyline.
The NLEX also features state-of-the-art digital toll payment for fast transactions to lessen the build up of vehicles waiting in line. There are also provisions for prepaid methods for extra fast service. Best of all, the NLEX has smoothly paved eight lanes, with provisions for shoulder emergency stops and a sandy byway for dealing with loose or failing brakes. This makes the NLEX the best long distance travel highway in the country.
Speed limit in Metro Manila (at Balintawak and parts of Andres Bonifacio Avenue) is at 80 km/hr, while in rural areas it’s at 100 to 120 km/hr. However, the NLEX continues to be a favorite venue, not only for long distance travel, but also for testing fast cars. A surefire drainage system keeps the NLEX free from the usual flood hassles that not only induce motor failure but windshield obstruction in fast lanes.
The next time a long distance travel is contemplated to Central or Northern Luzon, take the NLEX and enjoy safe and comfortable driving on world class lanes.