Tips for driving safely in Bali

Tips for driving safely in Bali
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Transportation is always an important thing to think about when you are traveling. Different places have different driving cultures. Thus, when you are on the roads, knowing local rules can save you from a lot of trouble - accidentally running over a chicken, for example.

Such knowledge of road rules is very important, especially in places like Bali where there is inadequate public transportation for tourists.

Taking taxis all the time is very costly, whether for short trips to the supermarket or day-trips to tourist attractions.

Here are some tips compiled by The Jakarta Post Travel should you be looking at the option of renting a vehicle to travel around the island of Bali.

Driving documents

Although you might be excited about hitting the road as soon as possible, make sure you carefully check the vehicle that you are renting before making a deal. Make sure it is equipped with the necessary documents.

The standard registration requirement for vehicles in Indonesia is the vehicle registration certificate (STNK) that comes on blue or yellow paper, usually laminated. This is one of the two documents that the police will ask for if you are pulled over. The other one is a valid driving license; being a tourist in Bali does not relieve you from the obligation of having a license when driving.

The police in Bali occasionally hold raids on the streets to check that drivers are carrying these documents. If you don't have an international license, you can apply for one at the police station on Jl. Gunung Sanghyang, Denpasar.

Vehicle condition

It is also a good idea to check on the condition of the vehicle that you are renting.

Tires and brakes are components that should check to ensure your vehicle will operate smoothly - you will need the vehicle to have good manoeuvring ability to get through Bali's unforgiving traffic.

Feel free to ask for a different option if you are not comfortable with the condition of the vehicle that you have been given.

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