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Important rules and behaviours for driving in Thailand


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19 minutes ago, Convert54 said:

That happens  both ways ! I rented a VW Passat in the Irish Republic  that was "normal" right hand driver position but the controls for lights and wipers were reversed ! I learned the meaning of Ire in Ireland quite quickly !

That is one that gets me............

I am fine driving on the "wrong side" and am fine driving in the passenger seat  :)

 

But I am constantly turning on the window wipers when trying to hit the turn signal 5555

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3 minutes ago, Mynemesis said:

Why, you have a second posting name 😐   YES I should have said our other car and then I wouldn’t have received a ‘hole comment.

Sorry don't understand your comment nor even your point. 

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38 minutes ago, Khunwilko said:

Pattaya and Samui mainly - over a period of of about 30 years - occasionally having to get people out of nick or ring up police officers to sort it out.

foreigners living in small villages tend to get licences as it is easier in regional towns especially if you have a Thai partner. 

Many of the retirees in the major expat ghettoes fail there eye tests etc and either have to bribe their way to a Thai licence or keep an IDP and hope that no-one will notie=ce they have been driving on it for years when the limit is three months.

I met an English guy once who thought it cost 20k to get a Thai licence - basically that's the tea money various agents had taken off him a the Pattaya DLT before he got his licence - and even then he didn't realise it didn't cover his motorcycle.

It's the best thing about the corrupt police even if you get caught and they realise, they just ask for a bit more money.

PS - Nakhorn means city.

I would assume if they failed the eye test they shouldn’t be driving. Not getting a Thai dl is just lazy. 

 

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1 hour ago, Golden-Triangle said:

How's it all going now ? Are you back on your feet and mobile again, I really hope so. 😉

Thanks for your concern GT.

Yes, I am mobile again. been going out for short 10km rides to start with.
I'm setting my sights high. As soon as the rain stops - hopefully at the end of this month - I can't wait to go for some longer rides.
I used to do a 36km loop three/four times a week.

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44 minutes ago, Marc26 said:

That is one that gets me............

I am fine driving on the "wrong side" and am fine driving in the passenger seat  :)

But I am constantly turning on the window wipers when trying to hit the turn signal 5555

Wrong side? Merican or European from that  big piece of  dirt?  Really the only consideration a driver should have is that as the driver you are closest to the idiot coming the other way. Thankfully  in Thailand the drivers seat in positioned on the right and is suited to the reflexes I have acquired. During my time living in Brasil it was only the pain from bruising my knuckles on the door panel when attempting to  change gear that I discovered an ability to adapt...temporarily !

Incomplete exchange of control levers such as lights and wipers is just a cruel joke !

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1 hour ago, Mynemesis said:

I give you that slip up BUT I haven’t met any foreigner in the fifteen years that I have lived here who drives but doesn’t have a Thai license. Have met Thais who don’t. A friends wife, who lives in Phang Na, drives daily and has never had a license.

Where we lived in the UK there were Thai wives who thought it OK to drive more than one year on their Thai license.

s said it is appalling how little foreigners understand about driving in Thailand.

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2 hours ago, LoongFred said:

I would assume if they failed the eye test they shouldn’t be driving. Not getting a Thai dl is just lazy. 

most are just lazy.

 

they have no respect for driving in Thailand.

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2 hours ago, Convert54 said:

There is only one rule for operating a means of transport on Thai  roads. Defensive, defensive !

99% it will work. The 1% it does not is because you forgot  "Murphy's Law".

 

I avoid using the expression “defensive driving” as I think it is unhelpful.... it gets confused with “slow”, “indecisive”, “timid” and “hesitant”, all of which are to be avoided.

If you ask people what their idea of "defensive driving" is, they for the most part won't know.

 defensive driving skills -  "driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” – wiki [American National Standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operation]

Defensive driving is a particular style of road driving that utilises a variety of techniques and tactics to keep you and everybody else safe on the road.  - Road craft

 

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7 hours ago, Khunwilko said:

I avoid using the expression “defensive driving” as I think it is unhelpful.... it gets confused with “slow”, “indecisive”, “timid” and “hesitant”, all of which are to be avoided.

If you ask people what their idea of "defensive driving" is, they for the most part won't know.

 defensive driving skills -  "driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” – wiki [American National Standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operation]

Defensive driving is a particular style of road driving that utilises a variety of techniques and tactics to keep you and everybody else safe on the road.  - Road craft

I have no idea of what you are talking about. You say it is or it isn"t.

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