Navigating Kuala Lumpur: A Driver’s Guide to City Traffic

Do you find Klang Valley a difficult and confusing area to find your way around? Many people do, even local residents. And what about driving safety? Big cities are always stressful to get around. So, here are a few tips to make sure you reach your destination safely, and in a timely manner.

Of course, these days its possible to plan your route more or less anywhere using Waze or Google Maps, but what happens if your GPS isn’t working?

It’s always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Malaysian road signs system. The many forks in the highways can be very confusing, offering multiple ways to get to a destination, so make sure you understand the colour codes of road signs and how to interpret them.

If you do miss an exit or end up in the wrong lane, the golden rule is not to panic, it’s likely that an alternative exit will present itself a little further up the road, and you will get to your destination eventually, even if a bit late. If you get totally lost slow down, try to find a u-turn or search for a sign leading you to a place near your eventual destination. This may well end up getting you on the right track. If all else fails, find a safe place to stop and ask.

Of course, under normal circumstances, use Waze or Google Maps and plan your journey in terms of distances and check traffic conditions before you go out. Make sure your TnG card has plenty of money with you, and make sure you take a bottle of water with you in case you get stuck in a traffic jam.

In terms of safety while driving around KL, it’s always best to adopt a defensive driving strategy.
Firstly, it goes without saying that you should always drive within the speed limits. You should also be careful when changing lanes on the highway as many drivers don’t necessarily follow the rules, especially motorcyclists, who have a tendency to weave their way indiscriminately between traffic.

For obvious safety reasons, keep your distance from the car in front, but always bear in mind that if there’s a space between your car and the car in front, there is always the possibility that other drivers will cut in without signalling. Similarly, if you are at a u-turn or on a roundabout, do not assume that the car to your left or right is definitely going to go the way you think it is. Be prepared to take evasive action if necessary.

And if you’re caught in a traffic jam always assume the car in front of you is tailgating the car in front of them. Make sure you keep your distance and get ready to brake if necessary.

For advice on what to do if you have tyre issues while out and about in the Klang Valley, please contact your nearest Tayaria service outlet. Our trained specialists are always on hand to give you the best advice possible.


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