Commuting through public transportation is exhausting especially under the blazing heat of the sun and the unbearably heavy traffic. There is one thing worse than commuting, though, and that is commuting during a national holiday. In case you can’t help but go from one place to another despite the increase in the volume of people on the streets, here are some tips you can do to at least make your travel a bit more bearable
- Know the KTM Timetable and the ETS Schedule by heart
In their website (www.kltransit.my), you’ll find notices, timetables, train ticket bookings, and other alternative mode of transportation you can take. If you really must travel on the Merdeka Day Parade, make sure to know the KTM timetable, parade route and steer clear of those routes as much as you can.
- Use technology to your advantage
There are a lot of apps that would make your commuting life so much better. Google Maps can show you real-time traffic advisory and route information. Waze uses your GPS location to accurately tell you how to navigate the road with real-time updates on traffic jams, accidents and road blocks. It may even be wise to hail an Uber or Grab taxis if you’re carpooling with friends to save time and avoid paying the price for parking.
- Don’t be afraid to take the longer roadIf you are in your car and you happen to encounter a traffic jam that looks like it will not end anytime soon, you should consider going the long way. This might seem like a bad idea at first, but consider this: more people always want to take the nearest route, so you have a higher chance of smooth driving along emptier roads using the longer route.
- Make sure that you are safe on the road
This may not seem like traffic advice, but hear us out: if you are safe on the road, nothing much will hinder your travel. On the other hand, if you got into an accident, this will only be an inconvenience to you, but also to a lot of other motorists. Which is why before you should make sure that your vehicle is in good condition and your tank is full before you take on the road.
Public transportation is a huge help in lessening the heavy traffic on the roads. Even if you own a car, schedule days where you could take the KTM or ETS trains. Chances are, you will spend less, and your day will have a bit of adventure in it.