HITTING THE ROAD FOR A YEAR'S END TRIP? KNOW WHICH CAR MODEL TO DRIVE
Inner city roads are bustling every day, but they grow quiet around two of Indonesia’s peak traveling seasons, the Islamic Eid and, now, New Year holidays. Out of the different options of traveling, road trip is gaining appeal – especially with better road infrastructure that makes traveling easier and faster. In Java, improvement includes the new Jakarta-Cikampek (Japek) II elevated toll road project, slated to open in December 2019.
Road condition aside, choosing the right car model to drive for a long-distance journey is also crucial, if not more. Here, we outline for you the types of car for your traveling needs.
1. Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV)
An MPV is definitely at the top of the list, although you may need to compromise on luggage if you intend to fill all seven seats in the car, and vice versa.
Still, it’s ideal for family traveling. With better designs, some models offer high ground clearance. It’s also fuel-efficient with LCGC model available if you prefer the more economical option.
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2. Sport utility Vehicle (SUV)
If you predict to meet tougher road condition, an SUV will take you further. It has more ground clearance than an MPV and is designed for greater comforts. Recognizing family needs, there are SUV models that offer seven seats with convenient luggage compartment. SUVs are fuel-efficient with diesel engine variety on offer.
3. Crossover (5-seater SUV)
Crossovers are more compact passenger-wise, but you can still enjoy the ample luggage area – a plus point for this type. It’s also a powerful vehicle with certain models equipped with a turbocharger. Whether you’re ascending or driving on uneven surface, the car will get you to your destination comfortably.
4. City car or hatchback
It’s not uncommon for families of two or three to rely on the same car they use for their daily travels. Capacity-wise, a city car is enough for a small traveling party and has convenient handling. The only downside is its low height. But you can work around this by carefully researching your route to avoid damage in the underside and flag down gas stations, as city cars have smaller fuel capacity. Don’t wait until the last drop; fill up when the fuel gauge lowers to the middle.
Now that you know which car to choose, don’t forget to plan your itinerary to make your holidays more efficient. Take your car for maintenance before your journey to ensure a safe trip. To avoid driving fatigue, take a rest every two hours. Happy holidays!