When you’re out traveling in a foreign country, one of the easiest ways to get around is by renting a car. In Krabi, that is precisely what you can do to travel around the province. However, while part of the fun of the entire fun is the drive itself, it pays to know how to drive safely in a foreign land. People around the world operate differently, and the same can be said here.
That said, here are four tips on how you can drive safely while traveling around Krabi:
1. Don’t drive fast
There isn’t a reason to drive quickly, especially in small, narrower streets. Around Krabi town, you’ll be limited to a maximum of 60 km/h, while the highways allow you to drive up to 100 km/h.
Despite what the high-speed limits say, it is best always to drive safely and slowly. The local drivers will rarely ever honk at you, and they’d be more than happy to help you out if you find yourself in any car trouble.
2. Locate good and bad roads
While most of Krabi’s main roads are maintained, leaving the main road means that you’ll find less than ideal surfaces to drive on. Very often than not, these side roads are filled with potholes, not to mention that the surface isn’t flat. In such situations, you will need to drive even more carefully, as the last thing you want to happen is to damage the rented car.
That said, it is best to keep on the roads that are marked by the GPS or Google Maps, and find routes that offer you the smoothest rides.
3. Know the routes
Generally, most road signs placed around Krabi will have both English and Thai text printed on them. The directions, names of places, and warning signs will usually have these texts to help you identify the sign.
Before you head out on the road, however, it pays to know where you’re going and how to get there. That’s because you might miss these signs along the way, meaning that you’ll have to retrace your way again. While you might have your phone to help guide your path, it is still good to look out for the signs, as you can’t be too sure whether or not these maps are updated.
4. Pay attention to the road
While this is generally a common sense of road etiquette, Thailand’s roads aren’t the safest in the world. The biggest dangers you’ll encounter are the speeding motorbikes.
Motorbike drivers typically drive freely and quickly, zooming in and out of tight spots and overtaking cars to reach their destinations. It might seem to you that these bikers are free from traffic rules, and when you see a few driving in the wrong direction of a one-way road. Because of this, you will always need to stay vigilant so that you can stay away from unwanted accidents.
Another aspect you’ll want to pay attention to is pedestrians. The general public doesn’t usually follow any zebra crossing lines, if any, which is why you’ll notice that they will cross whenever and whenever they feel like it. Pay attention to them and drive slowly in crowded streets.
Keep these tips in your mind when you drive in Krabi to have a smooth ride. By keeping yourself safe at all times, you can enjoy a fuss-free time and experience all the fun that the holidays will offer without having to pay a big fine. Looking to book a trip to Krabi? Get in touch with us today to book your trip!