The excitement is just two more weeks away! Soon Ramadhan will be over and all of Malaysia will be swinging to the good ol’ Sudirman’s “Balik Kampung”. Across the country many are already prepping up for the long awaited exodus home in anticipation of the joyous Raya celebration.
While I can’t help but be super excited for our fellow Malaysians, especially our Muslim friends, still I must say, the need to emphasize the importance of safe driving is paramount, now that everyone is all geared to make that “Balik Kampung” trip soon.
So to safeguard your journey and ensure you have a wonderful trip home, take our advice lah and follow this useful tips as you journey on.
Balik Kampung – 5 Important Tips To Make It Through The Exodus
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1.Get your car road-trip ready!
A simple advice but most often taken for granted. Before you leave, be sure your car is ready for the journey too. Having car problems on the road will impact not only the driver, but the passengers who might get upset and cranky as well as disrupt other road users making the trip home too. So to avoid any discomfort as much as possible, get prior basic checks on your car.
The best way to safeguard for your road trip is to get a mechanic to give your car a full inspection, at least a week or two before you hit the road. Here are some important car checklist to note:
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Get your tires inspected. Check for pressure, ensure it is well-balanced and aligned.
- All Liquids Topped-up
Ensure all fluids in the car are topped up, i.e. oil, battery water, radiator water, brake fluids and etc… This is important to avoid any road hazards.
Brakes, brakes, brakes! Not to be taken for granted. Based on your manufacture’s recommendation of course, it is important to check your brake fluids to see if it is cleared from any contaminants.
- Lights / Indicators / Horn
Make a quick test on your headlights, rear lights, brake lights, indicators and horns to ensure it is intact and in good shape for the road.
- Wiper Blades
Take a look at your wiper blades too, to see if it is in good condition.
Don’t leave the seatbelts off! According to the most accident stats, people who have a higher chance of getting killed in a road crash are those who don’t have their seatbelts on. So check your seatbelts for wear and tear.
2.Plan your trip
According to motorme.my road fatalities in Malaysia for 2016 is predicted at over 8,000 cases. Therefore it is advisable to plan your trip ahead, by simply using Google Maps or Waze to know where you are headed, always plan your travelling time so you will not be giving others a heart-attack with your Formula 1 skills down the highway, and not-to-forget – plan your trip expenses as well, so you will have sufficient funds to cover for your petrol and toll trips. This way you will reach your destination without effort.
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3.Make a pit-stop at the rest house
Pull over at the nearest rest house if you have too. If you are feeling tired, heavy-eyed or drowsy – take rest! It is important to not ignore the signals. Driving in an unfit condition puts not only you, but your family and other road users at risk. So take rest if you have too.
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4.Keep your distance on the road
To avoid crashing into another car, keep a safe following distance between your car and the onward car to avoid any collision. Plus you never know when a driver accidentally breaks in a traffic. Be cautious. It could save you and loved ones from an unwanted accident.
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5.Get a basic life insurance
Honestly, nobody ever thinks about protection but truth is, life is sometimes full of uncertainties. And so it is important to be prepared just in case you hit rough weather. With a simple basic life protection you can have all the unnecessary weight of your chest, like important financial decisions should anything happen, and in this case – a sudden accident.
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This little things that we take for granted really matters. So before making that road trip – consider a life insurance for yourself – so you can be rest assured that your family is in good hands. To learn more about life protection visit here.
And if you like to get yourself even more protected – why not consider a cancer care plan. These days, with the impact of environment and lifestyle risk factors, cancer is now on the rise. In Malaysia alone, cancer is the no1 critical illness claim and the 2nd leading cause of death following accidents in children – get the stats here.
Your best option is to get prepared with AXA 200 CancerCare before anything happens. From as low as RM1.50 a day, AXA 200 CancerCare protects you at any stage of cancer with coverage up to 200% of the cancer sum insured.
What’s more, with AXA 200 CancerCare, you will have the advantage of access to information on cancer prevention and healthy living. And if the unexpected happens, you have the privilege to seek early treatment for higher chances of recovery, as well as full support assistance with AXA Care Benefit, through 24/7 concierge services arrangement to psychological and dietary consultation, hair and wig care services, transport arrangements and more.
Well, you know what? Being prepared is half the battle won. So get in touch with us and be off-your-way to a worry-free life.
So to inspire you as you make this journey home, here’s a famous old Malaysian slogan to keep in mind while driving – “Pandu Cermat, Jiwa Selamat!” Happy travelling and have a safe trip back home friends!
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