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Stay afloat on the "Road of Death".
There is good cause why the dual carriageway between Yangon and Mandalay via Nay Pyi Taw is known as the so-called deadhighhway. Here are a few tips for riders who do not want to become statistics on accidents. In Myanmar, just talk about the Hwy of Déath and everyone knows what you mean. It is the infamous Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay freeway, known in Myanmar as the highspeed route (Ahmyan Lann).
The Highway Road Police Department has reported that since it opened in March 2009, more than 600 human beings have been killed and more than 4,000 wounded. That' almost two casualties for every kilometer of the 366-mile highway. In 2014, two of the most serious crashes on the motorway happened at one-month intervals.
They are both coaches. Shortly after he left Nay Pyi Taw for Yangon, a coach crashed into a collision with a vehicle in April, killing 12 deaths. The same route a year later, a bus ran off the street in strong rains and crashed into a gorge where 14 lives were lost.
Concerning two similar crashes, the high number of fatalities has drawn people' s minds to the risks of using the motorway. A few weeks after the plane crashed in May, the scene of the incident was examined by President U Thein Sein and Construction Minister U Kyaw Lwin, who said the street should be broadened.
Buddha people have been preaching Dhamma and splashing rain on the street for good fortune. To make the motorway more secure, the US and Japanese agencies, USAID and JICA have supported the US and Japanese governments. Scientists have investigated the motorway to see how it can be better.
Border reporter have been spending a great deal of patience on the motorway, especially on the section between Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw. Here is your guideline for using the motorway and preventing dangers so that your journey will be as secure as possible. Prevent occasionally brief stretches of the third carriageway along the motorway.
Driving fast in the third carriageway runs the danger of hitting the road side barriers. HRD numbers published in mid-2015 showed that more than half of motorway crashes were related to lightweight lorries and pick-ups. It is an everyday spectacle on the motorway and often carries tens of people.
Bursting tires and the reaction of an unexperienced rider to them are the cause of many fatalities. Advertisement boards in Myanmar along the motorway once gave this warning: "Don't go at high speeds on the freeway." Posters are gone and the road safety services are dependent on radar to prevent the riders from crossing the bill.
The maximum vehicle mileage on the motorway is generally assumed to be 100km/h. 60km/h and 80km/h are also applicable to different parts of the motorway, but are ignored by many people. A 10-year veteran rider, U Myo Myint said that the most convenient cruise on the motorway is between 80km/h and 90km/h.
Investigations by Daw Saw Myat Khine of Yangon Technological University and Professor Daw Khin Than Yu of the Yangon Institute of Technology have shown that velocity is the major cause of the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw section of the highways. Her research also posed issues concerning the layout of bends along the motorway.
Riders who drive at the suggested speeds to overcome the poorly shaped corners found the investigations. Shwe Mandalar Highway Express subsidiary director Ko Kyaw San Min agrees that corners without a fall are a danger, especially for riders not familiar with the highway.
The road patrol said that motorists who fall to sleep at the steering seat are another explanation for the high number of accidents on the motorway. It takes about eight to nine hrs on the road from Yangon to Mandalay. It is recommended that the driver take a good rest when starting the trip and take a nap if he is weary.
"Riders should relax every two to three hour, because riding on a straigth street with A/C can make them sleepy," Kyaw San Min said, added that there should be more resting places along the highway. Shwe Mandalar allocates two riders to each journey to prevent this issue, Kyaw San Min said.
Highway Roads Act makes it a crime to drive a motorcycle, drive an animal or run on an overpass. In spite of the legislation, it is customary to see two or three motorcycles on the motorway, which can appear all of a sudden, sometimes on the opposite side of the street.
Motorists using the highway often know that they are most likely to come across motorcycles, foot traffic and pets where there are towns near the highway. Highway markings indicate the attendance of towns at 139, 195, 229, 242, 245 and 246 landmarks and riders in these areas must be aware of unforeseen dangers.
Border commentators also noted at the beginning of this monthly that more towns are being constructed near the motorway. If the villagers want to go to another town by motorcycle, car or on feet, it is not possible for them not to violate the legislation, because their only possibility is the express road. In Myanmar there is a proper way to indicate when a rider can safely pass, but it is largely ignored.
Yes, it's a bit of a confusion, but the false alarm has prevailed and that's what most people use. Myanmar is in April and May, the warmest time. Regardless of the temperatures, it seems to be getting much warmer on the highways. Most of the motorway is narrow, so one of the security issues is the bridge.
It can be hazardous for riders not familiar with the highway, especially when driving alongside another car as they move towards a gangway and notice that their lanes become thinner. The highway between Yangon and Mandalay has 72 links, some of which are a danger for any reason other than the other.
The driver must be particularly careful when behind a pick-up or limousine that carries a heavy weight because it may not be correctly secure and may topple. Miss Universe for the Tanintharyi region, Ma Ei Phyo Thwe, was immediately shot dead in an express highway crash in April.
The Ministry of Construction, Myanmar Police and the privately owned BSMART Telematics Services (b'TS) are implementing a system for bus and truck surveillance. The system uses Blackbox recorders in the cars to track driver speeds and stops and can even detect if they have incorrectly parking.
Insecure riders can count on a call from the cops. After the system was introduced last October, 1,218 alerts were sent to coach passengers, published by the road patrol on 5 May. Riders who disregard alerts will be punished. BSMART Telematics CEO and Co Aung Nyi Nyi Nyi Maw said the Blackboxes will be up and running on all coaches by the end of this months.
In addition, he added that the Ministry of Construction would only grant motorway licences for large lorries if the installation of subway tunnels had taken place. Throughout MPT's cover along the freeway and travellers are recommended to use them with SIMs from other vendors to make sure that the number for freeway disasters he can always be phone.