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How To Avoid Motorbike Accidents In Cambodia

Here’s my list. It doesn’t include those well-proven ways of increasing safety and diminishing danger – like driving slowly, using a crash-helmet, avoiding alcohol and ganja.

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  • Check your hired motorbike for problems like faulty brakes or excessive petrol-consumption.
  • Don’t be annoyed that Khmers require your passport if you hire a bike. Check into your hotel before you hire.
  • Be aware that road surfaces change and some are unsafe.
  • Recognise danger from afar by assessing on-coming traffic that wants to overtake. Slow down immediately. Be able to slow down immediately.
  • Hooting is widespread and should be accepted.
  • Ask for a visor with your crash-helmet.
  • Cars and lorries will come into your lane when they are overtaking; they expect you to use the little path to your right. Be immediately aware that speeding on to it will lessen your control.
  • Lanes and little paths by the sides of roads are uneven and treacherous.
  • You are driving on the right and if this is not your habit, be additionally careful.
  • Rain, insects and the sun can hurt you.
  • Any uncovered part of your body will suffer especially your hands and nose. If you are wearing shorts and no socks, your legs and feet will also be exposed.
  • Dawn and dusk sunlight is blinding.
  • Thunderstorms should be avoided.
  • Marketplaces are chaotic and spill out on to roads.
  • Getting your bike stolen is also an “accident”, so lock and padlock your bike because there are cities (like Sihanoukville) where stealing bikes and making foreigners pay is business.
  • Finally, when in Cambodia don’t do as the Cambodians do. Don’t drive as the Cambodians drive. That’s all I can think of for now. Feedback welcome.
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