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Driving in Indonesia – Recommendations, Tips and Tricks

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10. Attentive travelers will notice that many local drivers travel with small children. They usually keep children on their laps, and this fact often shocks disciplined European drivers.
11. Moped drivers have become a serious danger to motorists and pedestrians. These traffic participants simply don’t care about traffic regulations, so they often cut in front of other vehicles and dangerously overtake cars, wedging between the rows. Pedestrians should also pay close attention to moped riders as they rarely stop at crossings and intersections.

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When choosing a car for your Indonesia trip, don’t forget to check and compare the franchise amount (indicated in the rental conditions) for all cars considered in your selection. The franchise may vary from 200 to 2000 euro/dollars even for cars of the same class. A thorough comparison will allow you to choose the option with the lowest franchise.

During your booking, we will offer you to take a full coverage of the franchise ('No Risk' or 'No Excess' package). If you book a car without full coverage, it is recommended to take it at the pick-up time - this will substantially reduce your financial liability in Indonesia for the whole rental period.

During your car pick-up in Indonesia, do not forget to check what to do in breakdown-, accident- or theft-cases. Most of our offers include 'Breakdown Assistance' package. Besides this, every rental office would be happy to assist you with this package.

Prior to the car return, please check your voucher for the fuel conditions. If it is indicated that a driver shall return the car with a full tank, do not forget to refuel it on the way back, this will save you from additional charges at the rental office.
12. It would be wrong to think that all roads in Indonesia are bustling and dangerous. Each island has incredibly beautiful and quiet country roads that never cease to attract tourists. They are ideal for walking and are usually located near rice fields.
13. When driving on main roads, drivers are recommended to use sound signals. At first glance it may seem that local drivers honk endlessly, expressing their aggression. In fact, they use sound signals to remind other road users about their presence, and warn them about the maneuver they are about to make.
14. It is not difficult to get used to peculiarities of traffic in Indonesia. Simply use common sense and carefully watch other vehicles. Despite the fact that local people are not inclined to comply with even basic safety rules, they are rather accurate drivers.
15. In addition to moped riders, foreign drivers should also be very attentive when driving close to passenger buses and trucks. They feel the priority of on the road, so they almost never give way to other vehicles. Moreover, their attitude to motorcycle riders and car drivers can only be described as contemptuous.
16. Foreign drivers should also not forget that at different time of the day traffic can be arranged in different ways in the same town. Do not be surprised if in the morning some street has one-way traffic, and in the evening vehicles will move in both directions. The fact that there are usually no warning and information signs on such roads only makes the situation more complicated.
17. In general, road signs are extremely rare on Indonesian roads. In remote areas of the country, they are mostly not present at all. Many traffic signs contradict with each other, so drivers shouldn’t fully rely on them.
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