Driving in Goa is the perfect opportunity to forget all your worries and make memories along the way. Every traveller should do a road trip to Goa at least once in their lifetime. But then again Goa is so adorably tiny that you can drive all over it every month too
Goa is very much drivable and the roads are excellent (for the most part at least). Not to forget the grand amount of diverse attractions in landscape and in culture over here.
So whether you’re a regular Goan commuter or simply a traveller looking for a great time, here are 5 unwritten rules for driving in Goa. And making the most of its roads (straight outta first-hand experience).
5. Driving in Goa: Don’t miss out on your documents
If you’re driving in Goa with a rented vehicle (they come with black number plates with yellow fonts). Then you can almost have a 90% guarantee that a cop WILL stop you. Regardless of whether you were driving in Goa safe or not.
Most of the drunk and driving cases in Goa happen due to tourists, so the traffic police might stop anyone driving a rented vehicle just to play it safe. When driving in Goa always carry all your necessary documents including the paperwork for the rented vehicle. It’ll save you a lot of trouble.
4. Driving in Goa: Turn on live traffic on Google Maps
When driving in Goa, it’s a real shame that a lot of people simply aren’t aware of this really neat feature in the google maps. It lets you view traffic on most roads in Goa with pinpoint accuracy.
Head over to the Google Maps app and check for the best routes before blindly hitting the roads when driving in Goa. Alternatively, you can also try out the Lokaso app for up to date guides and tips for driving in Goa.
3. Driving in Goa: Avoid riding a two-wheeler at night on highways
The real reason you shouldn’t drive a two-wheeler on the highways is that animal attacks on moving vehicles in Goa are on the rise. Leopards are also known to wander off in these parts and can most certainly attack an unsuspecting driver. If you’re driving a car, be sure that the windows are pulled all the way up (or at least halfway).
2. Avoid confronting traffic cops in English when driving in Goa
Got caught by the RTO while driving in Goa? Tough luck. As bad as it may sound, a sure shot way to make it even worse is to try to argue with them in English. The minute you do that the cop will assume that you’re a spoilt rich kid who’s trying to mock them. After that, you can almost certainly expect some sort of fine. If you know Konkani or someone with you who does then please leave the talking to them. Use English only as a last resort if you don’t know any even Hindi.
1. Avoid driving to popular beaches after 2 AM
When driving in Goa., it’s best to avoid driving to popular beaches late at night. Cops take down all information regarding any vehicles and its occupants. And if you look suspicious then be ready for a surprise search. As said earlier, carry all your necessary documents and at least one original ID. Travelling with kids, of course, is highly recommended if you’re planning to drive to Goa’s popular beaches at night.
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