Short. Sharp. Sweet.

Story and photos by John Toh
27 Sep 2012

With a long weekend coming up once again in October, John Toh shares an enjoyable road trip up north for the family.

Prevention is better than cure

Forget about the bad press that Johor Bahru got recently as a tourist spot for Singaporean drivers. Driving across the Causeway (or Second Link) can still be fun, enjoyable and - most importantly - safe.

Often, safety is about practicing common sense. It's not just when driving in Malaysia, but even in Singapore or wherever your driving may take you. Anyone can become an easy victim to crime when caught off guard.

One of the easiest ways to stay safe is to keep a low profile. Yes, this means keeping your Hublots or Rolexes as well as the wife's Chanel or LVs at home. Who needs a watch to tell time on a vacation anyway? And a simple sling or waist pouch will do the trick in keeping your passports and Ringgits safe. Being flashy will attract attention, including the unwanted ones.

Always lock your car doors, even when in motion, to prevent unwanted access to the car's cabin. Parking in well lit spots, and high traffic areas will also reduce your chance of being held up. If you need to speak to someone outside the car, do not wind down the window fully unless necessary. Never leave your car door open or engine running when you leave your vehicle. Some people also believe in parking head-in and turning the wheels at full lock before shutting off the engine to deter tow-away thieves.

See? It's all common sense.


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