Driving Tips In Thailand

Driving Tips In Thailand



Thailand​ has a​ good network of​ well-maintained roads and​ highways between all main​ centres. Road signage follows international convention​ and​ is​ in​ both Thai and​ English. Drunk drivers and​ an​ abudance of​ haphazardly driven motorcycles make night-time driving a​ real problem, however.

Road rules

Traffic drives on​ the left hand​ side and​ drivers must be at​ least 18 and​ hold a​ full, valid Thailand​ driving licence or​ an​ international driving permit. if​ you​ only have a​ national driving licence from your​ own country you​ will be permitted to​ use for​ up to​ two months. to​ hire a​ car, renters have to​ be at​ least 25 years old. Wearing of​ seat belts is​ compulsory and​ drunk-driving laws apply; all insurance is​ invalid if​ drivers exceed the legal alcohol limit.

Police regularly occassionally set up speed traps and​ offenders breaking the limits will be subject to​ on-the-spot fines, which are routinely less than the official rate, but no ‘ticket’ is​ given. The maximum blood/alcohol limit is​ 0.5mg/ml. Unfortunately the Thai police are very lax in​ controlling drunk drivers and​ this​ creates a​ hazard late at​ night.

Speed limits:
Urban areas: 45 - 60kph/28 - 37mph
Highways: 90 – 110kph/56 – 68mph.


Motorways and​ the road network

There are about 64,600kms/40,141mls of​ paved roads in​ Thailand​ as​ well as​ a​ large network of​ unpaved roads (especially in​ the North). Major highways radiate outwards from Bangkok to​ all the major cities, with most of​ the north-south route consisting of​ dual carriageway. Interconnecting roads to​ smaller towns and​ cities are usually wide, and​ single-laned with two-lane sections at​ interchanges.

Parking in​ cities is​ usually on​ the street for​ a​ small charge or, for​ the most part, covered parking in​ hotel/plazas or​ shopping centres. Farther out of​ town centres parking is​ usually free, if​ you​ can find a​ space. Don’t block government building entrances or​ you’re likely to​ be towed.

Costs, distances and​ times

Service stations are plentiful and​ most of​ the larger ones accept major international credit cards. in​ more remote locations, hand​ pumps are common​ and​ cash will be required. Unleaded 91, 95 and​ high-octane 98 fuels are available as​ well as​ diesel, and​ LPG at​ some locations. Unleaded 95 is​ about 18 baht per litre; diesel, 15 baht.

Typical driving distances and​ times:

Bangkok to​ Chiang Mai: 686kms/426mls 9 hours
Bangkok to​ Hat Yai: 993kms/617mls 12 hours
Hat Yai to​ Phuket: 474kms/294mls 7 hours.

Safety

Renters requiring assistance will find an​ emergency phone number printed on​ their rental agreement and​ on​ the windscreen sticker. Try to​ refrain​ from driving at​ night as​ unsuspecting potholes, local drivers without tail lights and​ wandering livestock can greatly increase the possibility of​ having an​ accident.

Since Thai motorists are notoriously ill-disciplined with giving way or​ observing traffic rules, motorists are advised to​ drive at​ an​ ‘easy pace’ (50kms or​ less) in​ urban areas. in​ the event of​ an​ accident, Thais perfer to​ settle the legal outcome on​ the spot and​ often expect the wealthier motorist to​ absorb the cost, this​ includes foreigners.

Stay away from downtown Bangkok; traffic is​ horrendous and​ roads are confusing, not to​ mention​ road users who have a​ general disregard for​ other vehicles. Don’t drive too close to​ the edge of​ the road on​ any highway as​ motorcycles quite often drive up the wrong way, and​ keep out of​ the path of​ buses and​ trucks. The ‘songteaw’ minibus trucks have a​ habit of​ suddenly pulling ove




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