Avoid Traffic & Rock the Road during Hari Raya and Mudik

Whether you call it Hari Raya or Mudik, there's one thing that the end of Ramadan (or, Ramadhan) always signifies in Malaysia and Indonesia: traffic delays. And, unfortunately, more traffic tends to mean a greater potential for crashes and hazards.

Luckily, the Waze Community is here to help. Everyday, hardworking Wazers across Indonesia and Malaysia ride and report on the traffic conditions in their regions. By analyzing these reports and rides during the weeks surrounding, and during, Hari Raya and Mudik in 2016, Waze can help you outsmart traffic even before you hit the road. Read on for traffic tips that will help you drive smarter and get you to your destination quicker.

Wazers of Indonesia:
Travel times in 2016 show that in and around Jakarta, the best days to drive are likely before Mudik begins. And your greatest chance to avoid long traffic delays is to leave Tuesday, June 20th. 

If your holiday plans make that impossible, just try to avoid what will most likely be the worst day to drive: the last day of Mudik. On Sunday, rush hour is expected to start 2 hours early, while traffic increases may be seen across the country, including Bandung, Cirebon, Denpasar, Malang, Semarang, Surakarta and Yogyakarta.

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Wazers of Malaysia:
Beware of the changes in traffic patterns triggered by Hari Raya travel. With expected increases in drivers as high as 370% on June 21st in Kota Bharu, traffic jams may be just the beginning of congestion-related issues, included increases in reported crashes, road hazard alerts, and potential road closures due to police activity. 

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And as Waze data reflects, Kota Bharu isn't the only city to look out for. Traffic surges may be up to 4 times as much as a typical day in cities across the country throughout the Hari Raya celebration. 

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Despite the helpful tips and real-time traffic updates during your Hari Raya and Mudik road trips, Wazers, you may not be able to avoid all of the holiday traffic jams (sigh). So, we've created a special, community-curated Spotify playlist to help you get through your road trip. Thanks to the Waze Communities of Indonesia and Malaysia, there are over 60 songs to help take your mid off the slowdowns and #RockTheRoad to your celebrations.

And don't forget, Android Wazers, you can connect your Waze and Spotify apps for a seamless transition between your Waze Voice Directions and Spotify playlists.

Travel safe, drive smart, and Selamat Hari Raya.

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