Berikut Homecoming Eid, Here Are 5 Things to Look For When Driving!
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Telset.id Jakarta – Eid al-Fitr is one of the most awaited moments by Muslims around the world. Especially in Indonesia, this moment is synonymous with going home to one’s hometown. So, for those of you who choose driving as a way to go home, there are a number of things that must be considered. Anything?
In Indonesia, homecoming is a routine tradition that is always carried out when the Eid al-Fitr moment arrives. The term homecoming itself comes from the Javanese abbreviation ‘Mulih Dhisik’ which means returning briefly to his hometown, city or country of origin.
After being banned in previous years as an effort to reduce the impact of the spread of Covid-19, this year the government finally officially allows all people to carry out homecoming. Even with the record that you have already done the second or third dose of vaccination.
So, for those of you who have met these criteria, what are you waiting for? There are various options for commuting. Starting from using public transportation, both land, sea and air, to using private vehicles.
Delta Andreansyah, AVP of Marketing & Growth at Qoala said, “Driving during Eid will be different from driving on normal days. There are several things to consider when traveling back and forth. Starting from road conditions, driving safety, travel routes, to the special preparations that must be made, of course, they are different.”
To ensure your safety and comfort, here are 5 things to pay attention to when driving or going home with a private vehicle.
1. Pay attention to the itinerary
Before starting the trip, make sure to find out and choose the right route to take. By determining the route, we can drive properly without having to waste time getting lost on the road. In addition, in choosing a route, we also need to understand road conditions and areas prone to traffic jams or accidents so that we arrive as expected and avoid unwanted things.
Director of Operations of Jasa Marga Tollroad Operator, Yoga Trianggoro previously informed that there are several examples of congestion points that can be watched out for during this year’s Eid homecoming such as KM 66 of the Jakarta-Cikampek (Japek) Toll Road heading to Purbaleunyi, Cikampek Main Toll Gate at Japek Toll Road, Kalikangkung Toll Gate on the Semarang-Solo Toll Road to the Banyumanik Toll Gate on the Semarang-Solo Toll Road.
2. Prepare Physical Conditions for Long Journeys
Driving is an important task that requires a high level of focus and awareness. However, without food and water for long hours while fasting, our bodies tire easily and find it difficult to stay focused. Try to get enough rest and have breakfast before the trip, in order to maximize your physical condition.
Marcel Kurniawan, Training & Development Manager from the Real Driving Center (RDC) said “It’s better if you take a break every two hours in the rest area because normally your ability to concentrate will decrease when driving for more than two hours. Stretch and breathe fresh air from outside or if necessary rest for 15 minutes to rest your eyes and body.
3. Prepare the vehicle for long trips
Check the overall condition of the car and make sure the vehicle is in prime condition. Perform car servicing and immediately replace car parts that are no longer functioning optimally.
Some important components that must be checked are the condition of the battery, radiator, brake condition, oil change, leak indications, tire condition and other components that help prevent the engine from overheating. In addition, complete vehicle security by having vehicle insurance coverage.
4. Prepare Equipment when Traveling
During your Eid homecoming trip, you will definitely need a variety of equipment to accompany and support your trip. Apart from that, the equipment also helps to enhance your homecoming trip, so that you can reach your destination safely and comfortably while traveling.
Some equipment that you might have to make sure you have, for example e-money to pay for toll roads, first aid kits to deal with if a family member suddenly gets sick, make sure your smartphone can be used properly while traveling, and car equipment to deal with problems tech on the go.
5. Bring Snacks
Make sure you bring snacks when traveling with your family. Light meals can help you, if you are traveling while still fasting, the light meals you bring can be used for your iftar menu while on the go.
If you haven’t brought snacks from home, you should buy snacks beforehand at the nearest minimarket or supermarket. In addition, eating light can also help overcome hunger when you are stuck in traffic on the Eid trip.
Those were some tips which are some things that must be considered when driving. Hopefully these tips can help you during your Eid trip.