How To Drive Safely During Festive Season

HARI Raya is coming soon and it’s the time where city folks come flocking back to the kampung. Millions of Malaysians will hit the road and head for their kampung for Hari Raya, most of the roads will become very congested because there are just too many vehicles on the road during festive season especially “Hari Raya”. Safety journey is the top priority since every body want to go back to their family to celebrate “Hari Raya” or for the non-Muslims, just to enjoy their off day with their loved ones.

Here are my recommendations for a safe journey back to the kampung to meet our beloved one and celebrate Raya happy moment :

  • Vehicle preparation before the journey – Keep your tires properly inflated, make sure your engine fluids at the right levels, check your headlights, brake lights,signal lights and reflectors are working properly, also don’t forget to check your horn, make sure it working.  Hmm please make sure you bring complete emergency kit, you will need it during emergency situation.
  • Route Planning is also important because you don’t want to be stressed during the journey when get stuck in traffic congestion. Try to study a few alternative roads before the journey so you already plan ahead which route is less congested and should be used.
  • Self preparation for a driver is the most important thing.Prepare your mind for the long journey, ensure you are well rested, get plenty of rest and enough sleep the night before your trip. This will help you to stay alert, more focus and responsive sensibly during a long drive.
  • Tips on journey :
  1. Keep your distance from the car ahead, avoid excessive speeding because speeding are the main reason that cause accidents.
  2. Stay focus, don’t let your mind wander, don,t look at your passengers when you are having conversation, don’t use the mobile phone while driving and please fasten the seat-belts.
  3. When it rains, slow down and switch on headlights because cloudy weather reduces our visibility, if the rain become too heavy, better stop and wait till conditions change .
  4. Don’t use the emergency lights during a downpour because its specific use is to let motorist know that the car in front is preparing to make an emergency stop or has broken down.
  5. If your vision is distracted or distorted by headlights of oncoming cars at night , try to make the journey during the day.
  6. Watch for cars behind you in the rear-view mirror to check whether you are a road hogging of if the motorist is tailgating.
  7. If you notice that the car behind you is tailgating at a high-speed and is too close for comfort, give a toot to alert the driver that you are about to slow down or pull to an emergency lane.
  8. If you have to change lanes or overtake another vehicle, put on the correct indicator light. Don’t forget to take a look at both side mirrors to check if it is safe to maneuver  the car out.
  9. Aware of construction zones, slow down when necessary.
  10. Remember the roads will become congested so don’t rush or lose patience and don’t drive on the emergency lane.

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