Oct 7, 2007

PM advice: Drive home safely

Better late than never. This is the advice from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who wants the people to drive safely during this week despite the balik kampung rush. He said it was his hope that everyone would celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri this weekend joyfully and not mourn over the death of their loved ones involved in road fatalities...The Star Malaysia.

Highways are going to be jammed packed. Trains and buses are going to be overcrowded to beyond maximum capacity. The holiday rush is now on everybody's lips - for the transporters as well as for the holiday makers.

What are some of the precautions before you take that long arduous journey home?

Here are just some suggestions:

a. Car pool - to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

b. Don't overload because you need greater acceleration for overtaking and stronger braking power - especially during emergencies. If your brakes fail you at your crucial moment, it can mean disaster.

c. Check your brakes, and do a full point checkup with your mechanic and car electrician.
Take breaks in between the journey to ease yourself - both mentally and physically. Tired minds and bodies are ingredients for slow reflexes leading to accidents.

d. Have the correct air pressure in your tires. Proper air pressure gives better road handling.

e. Clear your bladder and bowels before you start your journey. I can guarantee you that one of the worst scenario when caught in a jam is when you need to find a latrine or toilet.

f. Make sure you carry enough food and entertainment for your children, if you have any, in the car. It will be hard to scout for proper food and harder to satisfy an irritating child.

g. Follow proper lanes and do not use the motorcycle lanes or the emergency lanes even though it may look empty. This eliminates bottle neck at the front and stalled vehicles not progressing at the rear.

h. Check your air-conditioner and make sure you have enough cooling gas/fluid. You wouldn't want the heat to get to you and your family in the car especially when you are cooked up in a metal container called a car, and the sun is overbearing on you.

i. Have the right amount of money for toll and keep spare change and coins in the car for faster clearance at the toll booths.

and finally:

j. Be patient and courteous on the road. Do not be a rude road user. Isn't this holiday season supposed to be enjoyable and happy for everyone.

Happy motoring.

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