A third of Malaysian motorists have found it difficult to get used to driving again after being off the road during MCO (movement order control). With interstate travel ban lifted yesterday, plenty of people have taken the opportunity to drive back to their respective home towns to visit and see their loved ones.
What’s is the problem?
As the CMCO turns to RMCO, most owners have not been using their vehicles on a regular basis. If you’ve read previous articles, cars left idle have a tendency to give problems, for example flat spots, battery drain, radiator issues and so forth. Of course there are human errors too. Top errors made by drivers since MCO include stalling, struggling to parallel park, forgetting to indicate (give signal when turning) and kerbing car wheels.
Other difficulties encountered by motorists after the MCO include figure out what each pedal does, not checking mirrors when pulling away, forgot which side to fuel up, forgot to turn the ignition key, don’t shut the door properly and didn’t put seatbelt on.
Many drivers find themselves driving worse now that restrictions are lesser. During the MCO, the average distance travelled was between 10 to 20 kilometers, especially for folks living in the city or suburbs. With so little driving, a big percentage of drivers said they’ve struggled to get back to normal behind the wheel of a car. At the same time, a high percentage car owners hadn’t visited the fuel station for at least two months and therefore forgotten which side they fill up their car.
A small percentage of motorists have been driving during MCO, but they couldn’t go very far. The vehicles that have been driven more frequently do not give their owners problems.
Use your car’s Smart Technology if available
Most cars these days come with Smart Technologies, which help drivers out tremendously. If you’re uncertain about parallel parking, use your car’s Park Assist to help or guide you without hitting another car or going over a pavement. Modern cars are fitted with Smart Safety features to protect occupants as well as people outside of the vehicle. These smart features include radar and camera sensors which can automatically brake if it detects a possible collision with a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist. Some higher end cars have Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which reduces the risk of a collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with poor visibility.