Wearing a Motorbike Helmet in Thailand
Things to consider about not wearing a motorbike helmet in Thailand.
Depending on which area of Thailand you are in, it is illegal to not wear a bike helmet if you are the driver.
In some areas the law has changed that everyone on a motorbike must wear a helmet.
This is the case in all major tourist areas.
Even if you are the back of a motorbike taxi, make sure you wear your helmet.
You do not see anyone wearing a motorbike helmet in Thailand (apart from the safety conscious) and police do not pick you up for not wearing one.
They set up road blocks to catch the people that are not wearing their helmets.
It only seems that during these road blocks that they worry about people wearing their helmets.
Thailand Helmet Fines.
If you are in the main business and tourist areas of Thailand, you will be fined if you do not have helmet on.
The fine is not expensive but the experience is a time waster and could put a dent in your day.
When you get pulled over the police will hand you a fine in which you have to pay at their administration centre.
Sometimes this is close and sometimes you may need to get a tuk tuk or taxi.
Of course you cannot ride your bike there until the fine is paid and if you do not have your helmet with you, you have to go get that before going back to your bike, to show proof of payment.
If you do not have a Thailand or international Licence then you can also be fined..
Police in main tourist areas normally set up road blocks at the same place, so if you are riding without a helmet (and it’s hard not too, with the wind in your hair in Thailand’s beautiful weather) make sure you have your helmet with you, so you can quickly put it on to drive through the road blocks.
Thailand Road Safety
Riding a motor bike in Thailand can be very dangerous and daunting.
Many people hire a bike in Thailand and have never ridden a motorbike before.
This has accident written all over it.
Then they seem to scoot around with no helmets on thinking they are invincible.
Thailand roads are dangerous and people will cut you off without blinking an eyelid.
If you are no prepared or going to fast, an accident is just waiting to happen.
Also, a lot of stray dogs just wander onto the road.
Wearing a Motorbike Helmet in Thailand may not only save your but could stop you from just having time in hospital, rather than a bump on your head.
Most Thai people do not have a driver’s license, so they are not as trained as drivers back home.
Be very cautious when driving around the streets of Thailand.
You are holidays, so you should not be in any rush.
Try to drive between 35 and 40 km’s and you should avoid any mishaps that may happen.