Driving to Malaysia? Here are the 3 most important things to look out for.

19 Mar, 2019 • 3 min read
Driving to Malaysia? Here are the 3 most important things to look out for.


March holidays = Heavier traffic at checkpoints

Travelling to Johor Bahru will take a longer time this week, according to ICA.

On 13 March, ICA put out a press release saying it is expecting heavy traffic during 15-24 March due to the March school holidays.

While traffic is expected to be bad, we do not think it will be as bad as Chinese New Year where customs queues were up to 4 hours long .

Peak periods could see the time to clear customs rise up to 2 hours.

Our analysis suggests Singaporeans tend to go overseas during school holidays, with March being the 5th most travelled month in the year.

Source: Singapore Department of Statistics, Data from 1995-2018.

1) Check for traffic jams

One easy way to save travelling time is to check online sources for jams at the checkpoints.

There are multiple sources to do so and these are: Beat the Jam! (app), SGCustom (telegram), Checkpoint.sg (website), OneMotoring (website).

2) Check your fuel

Before heading to the customs, we highly recommend Singapore car drivers to check that their fuel level is at least three-quarters of tank capacity.

The penalty of not having that amount could be: 1) up to a $500 fine, 2) court prosecution and 3) a U-turn at the checkpoint.

Here are some other tips by ladyironchef that can help make your trip fuss-free.

3) Make sure your car works

One of the worst things that could happen while travelling to Malaysia is a vehicle breakdown.

To avoid this, Steer recommends car owners to service their cars regularly.

Our platform allows car owners to find reliable car workshops at a discounted rate to ensure cars are at tip-top condition without breaking the bank.


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