HOW TO DRIVE A MOTORBIKE SAFELY IN VIETNAM

To any travelers who visit  Vietnam, especially big cities like Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh City, observing millions of motorbikes hustle on the streets during rush hours is an amazing and photography worthy experience. But what makes riding motorcycles in Vietnam horrific and adventurous at the same time is the way in which it’s systematically chaotic. You will see people riding on the wrong side of the road, you’ll see motorbikes driving on the sidewalks and you’ll see riders who don't care about traffic lights. You will also find yourself freaking out when walking across the street since no motorbike looks like it will stop to let you through...

How to deal with all the surprises and the chaotic traffic in Vietnam to have exciting experiences of a motorbike touring in Vietnam? Let take a quick view of our tips on driving a motorbike safely in Vietnam, it may be helpful for you !

#1: Honk your horn

Once you hop on your motorbike, you’ll quickly realize the usefulness of horn. Honk your horn whenever you want to pass by someone or just to let them know “Hey, I’m here!”, “ i am behind you”. Especially at turns or on winding roads, you should still honk the horn to announce again that “i’m here”.

#2: Use turn signal light

Use turn signals more than use of horn and pay attention to turn signals of the other vehicles. Whenever you want to divert, whether you want to make a turn or switch, all should turn on the turn signals. This is very little in Vietnam but important in driving. Turn on the turn signals help the vehicels in the back know where you want to go, which gives the best handling, both for them and for you.

#3: Traffic Light

If you run through the junction with the green light for several seconds, then do not rush, slow down a bit and roll your eyes to see if anyone intends to cross the red lights. Join the traffic in Vietnam, do not over-trust the rules because not everyone will follow.
In case you come to the junction when the lights are moving gold, still observe the two sides if nothing runs through because there are many red lights to 5 or even 10 seconds have run.

#4: Crossing the street

Please locate where you want to go. When running close to a few hundred meters, turn on the left turn signals, look at the rearview mirror and turn slowly from left to right across the line. You keep running but at a slow speed and see the opposite direction if there are vehicles. When you have seen a little bit and other traffic is still a relatively distance, you boldly cross the road.

#5: Speeding 

The average speed limit is around 25-60km/h, try to stay within it. There will often be pot holes, animals to avoid, oil spills from trucks, dirt roads and debris on the road, so you need to be in control at all times. Use your common sense, know your limits, and don’t end up another statistic for the sake of an adrenaline rush.

If you’re wary of navigating the streets alone, but want to get out of the city, you can do an off-road motorbike tour through rural Vietnam. You can contact with us Vietnam Easy Riders Group. We run tours for all levels of riders and you can choose from a variety of tailor-made tours lasting from half a day to a month. You get to ride through villages and see the real Vietnam, you may not experience otherwise, with the comfort of having a guide. And we recommend you should ride on the back of our experienced drivers so that you can fully experience your surroundings. If you’re riding on the back, you can be more aware of the locals, sights, and scenery of our wonderful country.


 
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