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Driving in Malaysia enjoys an excellent reputation, mainly because of the nation's exceptional road system. The roads are in considerably good condition and getting from one end of the peninsular to the other usually does not pose a problem. You can pay the tolls using 'touch-n-go'€™ cards (a type of cash card), that is available to purchase at toll kiosks along the highway, petrol stations, and touch-n-go hubs. With an international driver’s license in Malaysia, you can drive for up to 90 days.
How Safe Is It To Drive In Malaysia?
Driving in Malaysia however, especially West Malaysia, is probably one of the best places to drive in Asia. The highways are excellent, gas is cheap and signs are very frequent. Firstly, new drivers will have to be aware that Malaysia follows the British driving system - steering wheels are on the right, and you drive on the left. You should also always stay alert and use your rear and side mirrors at all times. Driving in Malaysia will require you to have the spirit of adventure! Also, be prepared that traffic jams are very common in big cities, and it is worth taking public transportation during peak hours. As in many countries, renting a car in Malaysia is pretty straightforward. You will find some of the global car rental companies and a variety of smaller local companies, which are usually cheaper. Of course, if you want to rent a car in Singapore and drop it off at Kuala Lumpur for example, international car rentals will probably be a better option. If there is more than one driver, all potential drivers must be present the day of the car hire as their name and licence information have to be added to the rental agreement. Having an additional driver often will cost you more.

 

Driving License
Drivers from certain countries, such as Germany, Australia and Singapore are able to apply to convert their licenses for class D car licenses. There are three types of licenses available in Malaysia. If you are getting a driver’s license for the first time in your life, you need to go to driving school and apply for a Learner’s Driving License (LDL). Once you have passed the exam successfully you receive a Probationary Driving License (PDL), which after two years of no offenses can be updated to a Competent Driving License (CDL). Foreigners driving in Malaysia receive the CDL when they exchange the driver’s license from their home country for a Malaysian one after taking the required written test.
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