How safe or risky are Thai roads

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The dangerous streets of Thailand

Is driving your own car, motorcycle, moped or scooter in Thailand really as dangerous as it is always said? "Well," I think it's no more dangerous than in Europe, but it's completely different. If you adjust to the traffic situation correctly, the risk is nowhere near as high as is always claimed. On our trips to Thailand we have repeatedly rented vehicles such as small motorbikes, scooters or cars and so far have always returned home unscathed.

Tips and rules of conduct in Thai road traffic!

The most important rule is to drive absolutely defensively and with foresight and not to insist on his (right of way) right. There are of course traffic rules in Thailand, but most road users ignore them and even a farang (foreigner) does not understand them at all. Careful driving is required! This is how the Thais handle it, one looks at the other and so one muddles through the hustle and bustle of traffic. "Right before left and I have right of way", there is no such thing or, the traffic light is red, "the others have to stop there", something you shouldn't rely on. The Thais drive just as the traffic allows, but that does not mean that they drive absolutely recklessly. If you can overtake then you will overtake, even if it is just before a hilltop. The person to be overtaken then drives extra far to the left and, if necessary, even reduces his speed to give the overtaking vehicle a chance. That would be unthinkable in Germany, because here people insist on their rights! If a car driver overtakes in such a dangerous situation, the German driver stays on the gas and insults the overtaking person with his horn. There is also no need to drive up "the man behind sticks to the bumper and tries to shoot his way clear with the flasher". The Thai waits for his opportunity to overtake and assumes that the driver of the vehicle to be overtaken will let him pass. At road junctions you don't wait until the crossing traffic is over, you feel your way into the flow of traffic. If you drive too defensively (too slowly) you will be overtaken from both sides, so always take a look in both mirrors. It is best to swim with the flow of traffic, have both eyes wide open and no cell phone to your ear.

Helmets are compulsory for motorcyclists

Helmets are also compulsory for motorbikes, scooters and mopeds in Thailand!
When you see pictures of Thailand's streets, you get the impression that helmets are not compulsory, because the majority of moped drivers go for a walk without a helmet. In my experience, only Farang`s (foreigners) are usually checked at traffic controls and whoever does not wear a crash helmet is then fined. But you are only punished for special helmet checks! I already drove to the right with the motorcycle and asked the "Tamruad" police ("smiling" which is very important) for the way and had completely forgotten that I wasn't actually wearing a helmet, "oops". The officials were very nice and tried to show me the right way "with than tannon be nii krapp". But I don't want to be a bad example here, that happened on one of my first trips to Thailand and since then I've always been wearing a helmet.

Motorcycle helmet or plastic hat

Most bike rental companies provide a helmet with the rented moped or scooter. But I would not call these plastic hats, which are more like a construction helmet than a motorcycle helmet, a crash helmet. These helmets are only worn for the purpose of police checks, because they do not provide proper protection in the event of an accident. So if you want to take a motorcycle tour through Thailand, you should bring a decent helmet and motorcycle clothing from home.

Is the Farang always the idiot in a traffic accident?

We have "thank God" not yet had an accident in Thailand and can therefore only report what we have seen or heard from others. All who reported to us about their accident were in the statement, "as a foreigner you are always the culprit" Some. Even if you are absolutely not to blame for the accident (because, for example, a Thai drives you on the back), the Farang (foreigner) is automatically to blame. If he hadn't come to Thailand on vacation, the accident wouldn't have happened at all. Such statements underline the opinion of some Thailand tourists that as a Farang you don't have a lot of rights!