It isn’t a secret that Thailand’s roads are dangerous to drive on. I want to help my viewers to avoid becoming a traffic statistic in Thailand by informing you of the latest danger facing foreigners not only driving but walking the streets as well.
Thailand’s regulators are even considering measures to cope with possible incidents stemming from Pokémon Go.
Players of the game interact with others in every locale, including offices, parks, banks, religious buildings or even taxis trying to capture the digital monsters on their devices.
One issue is that this augmented-reality game is taking people to places they would normally avoid, putting their safety at risk because of going alone on their hunt for monsters in unfamiliar places at odd hours.
Thailand had as many as 40 million people connecting to the internet on their smartphones in 2015 and they spent almost six hours a day on their phones, so the mobile game has a lot of people staring at their phones and not always paying attention to their surroundings.
This makes for a serious danger when it comes to the already unsafe driving conditions in Thailand who has one of the highest traffic fatalities in the world already. The game has traffic violations spiking in Taiwan and is keeping Japanese traffic cops really busy.
Drivers now will be looking at their phones more and paying attention to other vehicles and pedestrians less. This is a VERY dangerous situation for foreigners who were already having challenges adapting to Thailand’s version of the “Rules of the Road”.
So please if you are planning to drive a vehicle when in Thailand focus 100% on what is going on around you and anticipate the worst case scenario and be prepared to react. This also goes for pedestrians. Make sure to stay on what little pedestrian walkways exist and avoid walking in the streets as much as possible. When crossing a road move slow and deliberate and see if you can make eye contact with oncoming drivers of vehicles confirming that they see you.
If you choose to play the game, play responsibly and know other people’s lives are in your hands and a fun trip could turn ugly quickly.
So take care and be safe.
RetireCheap.Asia membership site with all the details you need to know and networking with other like-minded people available at: http://goo.gl/M0nMT5
Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and you if can, link back to this website I’d appreciate it. Also in this website are more videos, books on retiring abroad and a Retirement Budget Calculator. Enjoy and remember, there’s always an option!
Brutal Thine Enemy – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 3.0” http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0