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Six tips to stay safe during ‘mudik’

News Desk
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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, June 19, 2017 | 12:03 pm
Six tips to stay safe during ‘mudik’

GPS voice navigation can be used for those wanting to get directions without looking at a screen. (Shutterstock/File)

Mudik (exodus) is a tradition among residents of Jakarta to celebrate Idul Fitri.

Since airline and train tickets usually sell out quickly, driving home may become the only option for some.

Chevrolet Indonesia shares six tips to stay safe during mudik as reported by Antara news agency.

Plan your trip

Global positioning system (GPS) apps are useful for those driving home. However, reading a map while driving could be dangerous, hence, it is suggested to check the map and plan the route prior to the journey.

Alternatively, GPS voice navigation can be used for those wanting to get directions without looking at a screen.

Schedule your trip

Avoid driving at night, especially when you feel sleepy or tired. For a long journey, it is recommended to rest for three hours during the trip.

Meanwhile, for those fasting and driving, it is suggested to depart after iftar (breaking-of-the-fast meal) or sahur (pre-dawn meal).

Read also: What to prepare before you leave for 'mudik'

Check your vehicle

Prior to the journey home, have a mechanic check out your car.

Do the general vehicle inspection by checking the tires, battery, oils, windshield wipers and ensure that the lights function properly.  

Do not carry excess passengers

Though sometimes "the more, the merrier", this belief does not apply for mudik. Too many passengers may affect car stability and force the brakes to work harder.

Maintain your distance

Always maintain your distance with the vehicle in front of you. The defensive driving theory mentions a three-second rule between vehicles under normal conditions. Meanwhile, the four-second rule between vehicles applies during rain.  

Fasten your seat belt

Before driving, it is important to ask all passengers to fasten their seat belts.

Seat belts are proven to protect passengers during an accident. (jes/asw)