Traffic rules


Traffic rules are there for traffic to function without major problems, and road signs

are not placed randomly, they are carefully placed where there can be dangers.

A normal person can only absorb between 2-4 signs at once, and unfortunately it is usually the least important we perceive first. 

An experienced professional driver may possibly perceive up to 6 signs.

That is something traffic planners have to think about, put out the most important signs closest to a crossing, and the others a little before. Preparatory signs are always good, such as signs that tell you that soon a crossing or a sharp curve will come. etc.

If there is a sign that the speed is 50 then run in 50 for then there is certainly a reason for it. There may be settlements and there are always children who can suddenly run out of the way. Or it can be a sharp curve or something else that means that the traffic planner has reduced the speed. If you do not care about it, but continue to drive at a high speed, you must expect an accident.

In my home country, an elk can suddenly run up in front of the vehicle, and in some areas of Thailand an elephant can come up on the road. And it's not that fun to crash into an elephant in 90 km/h. But at such places the traffic planner has lowered the speed and even if there was no elephant when you drove past there, it does not mean that there will be no next time either.

If you drive in the mountains around Chiang Rai then you have to count on wet asphalt, where it can be cold and slippery on the road. Wet road with falling leaves creates unpleasant slip.

Learn to read the road

If the road shines in the sunshine then count on a slippery road. It doesn't have to be snow and ice, it can be wet by rain too.

Keep your eyes as far forward on the road as you can so you get the best wide angle and you can see upcoming curves and slopes.

If you drive in the dark then you should slow down a bit, because much of what you see in daylight disappears in the dark. Search for headlights both in front of you, behind you and from sideways.

In Thailand, it is left-hand traffic, but if there are more than two files in the same direction, the majority drive the right-hand traffic, this creates unnecessary problems in traffic, when drivers are forced to drive on the wrong side.

Motorcycles have their own file to the far left of the main roads, it is both good and bad. Good because we do not have to suffer from behind. Poor because that file is used by many others, such as parked vehicles, sales outlets, oncoming vehicles, slow vehicles, wild dogs, walking people, bicycles, and many have no lighting, in addition, there are often falling branches from the trees. So it's not that fun to use that file, especially not in the dark. But then there are other drivers who themselves appointed themselves to police and make tight overtaking to show that we are driving the wrong file on a motorcycle. Although there are no other vehicles on the road. I use that file during the day if there is a lot of traffic, but never at night. The tight overtaking is very dangerous and only shows that the driver in the overtaking car is a very bad driver.

The traffic police in Thailand are very good, better than many claim. Often foreigners have problems with the traffic police. But if you follow the regulations, they are very helpful and pleasant. If you try to circumvent laws just because you are a foreigner, you get problems. And just as it should be, if the traffic is to be safe.

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