According to the Automobile Association Singapore’s president, Mr. Bernard Tay, safety is utmost important especially after news that another Singaporean has been involved in vehicle accident while driving in another country.
The casualty was Mr. Y. L. Tan who is a business analyst. The 40-year-old was driving on the coastal road, Indian Ocean Drive, located in Perth which is a city located in the western part of Australia when the crash happened. The driver passed away during the accident and his passengers – his wife along with his two kids – were able to survive with minimal injuries.
In the past several years, there have been quite a number of incidents wherein Singaporeans were involved in vehicular accidents while driving in another country.
MrTay advised that before driving in a new country, one should be able to completely understand the culture when driving, the road they are taking as well as the current weather condition. He added that before going out, a route should be planned ahead of time to prepare the driver for the road they need to take.
Local experts said that it is common for Singaporeans visiting Crete or Chania as well as other top destinations to book from rent a car companies such as Flisvos. They have to understand that road conditions in Singapore is not the same as overseas.
The Singapore Safety Driving Centre’s training manager said that Singaporeans are not very familiar when it comes to long drives and the weather condition of other countries. They might also be new to fast moving cars which is not tolerated locally.
If you are visiting the Greek islands soon and booking a car from rental companies such as Flisvos, here are some safety tips while driving overseas:
- Understand the road conditions and familiarize yourself with the local driving speed.
- Make sure you are familiar with the vehicle you are driving before going out for a long trip.
- You should know how to use a GPS.
- Check the weather conditions before heading out.
- Plan your trip ahead of time such as the route and alternative options, if any.