The time of the year has come again when you pile family and bags into your car and set off for your hometown for Raya. As we well know, these balik kampung drives are not always a stroll in the park.

Although it’s a case of “perjalanan jauh tak ku rasa,” according to Sudirman’s famous tune, the reality is that long journeys can affect even the most seasoned of travellers, and you don’t want a breakdown, traffic jam or adverse weather conditions getting in your way of a long-awaited reunion with friends and relatives.

As such, we are compiling a checklist and guide for a smart and safe balik kampung motoring experience and welcome you, our lovely readers, to chime in with tips and advice on what to expect – what to check on your car, any necessary preparations, steps to take in an emergency and so on. Lots of you will definitely have past experiences or stories to share, which will be useful to other motorists and keep our country’s roads and highways as safe as possible during this festive period.

We aim to produce a guide comprehensive enough for you to refer to every year. Suffice to say, when it’s to do with safety, especially where our families are concerned, no degree of reminding or repeating is too much.

Feel free to post in the comments section – we’d definitely appreciate your contributions!

Finally, to all our loyal readers, all of us here at paultan.org sincerely wish you a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and a safe drive to wherever you’re going!