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PLUS Warns Of 7.6 Million Vehicle Jam This Weekend!

PLUS is warning the public to expect a massive traffic jam this long weekend, with over 7.6 million vehicles estimated to swarm its highways!


PLUS Warns Of 7.6 Million Vehicle Jam This Weekend!

PLUS is warning the public to expect a massive traffic jam, with over 7.6 million vehicles estimated to swarm its highways over the next four days!

Many Malaysians are expected to take advantage during the Maulidur Rasul (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday) holiday, offering a 3-day weekend from Saturday to Monday.

In its statement released on Wednesday, 5 October 2022, PLUS said that they are estimating 1.9 million vehicles per day to use its highways from Friday until Monday.

LUS Head of Operations Excellence, Mohd Yusuf Abdul Aziz said PLUS has recorded daily traffic volumes of an average of 1.7 million vehicles since moving to the endemic phase and the trend had shown spikes of 1.9 million vehicles before each weekend.

We expect with more travellers taking advantage of the three-day weekend, traffic will be higher and a longer journey can be expected.

Therefore, we advise highway customers to be prepared and ensure their vehicles are fit for a longer drive this weekend.


How To Prepare For Traffic Jam On PLUS This Weekend!

PLUS is advising its highway users to expect a longer journey, and prepare for the inevitable traffic jam. Here are some tips to help prepare for a smoother journey this long weekend.

  1. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and fit for a longer travel.
    a) Service your vehicle if necessary
    b) Ensure the tyres are in good condition, and properly inflated
    c) Ensure that the brakes are working properly
    d) Top up the fuel tank for a longer journey
  2. Top up your Touch ‘n Go card and/or TNG eWallet (if you are using TNG RFID).
  3. Get traffic updates from PLUS through :
    a)Twitter (@PLUSTrafik),
    b) PLUSLine hotline : 1800-88-0000
    c) PUTRI chatbot on the PLUS app
    d) Electronic signboards at various locations along the highways
  4. Use Waze or Google Maps to get live traffic updates, and to plan your travel.
  5. Please make sure you enter and exit the highway using the correct toll booth based on your payment type.
    If you entered using TNG RFID, you must exit using TNG RFID.
    Only Touch ‘n Go card users may alternately use the SmartTag booth (if they have one), or the TnG card booth.

While you are no longer required to wear a face mask indoors or outdoors, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) strongly recommends wearing one at highway rest stops, as they will inevitably be crowded.


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How Waze Weather Support Helps You Navigate Storms

Waze is ready to assist road users to reduce their inconvenience on the roads this monsoon season!

Recent flooding issues have caused considerable inconvenience to citizens, leading to the demand for immediate action to be taken. At the moment preparations before the flooding are not sufficient for citizens to deal with floods, especially when they are on the roads.

Waze, the free, real time, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by drivers, has recently added new features that could help you beat rain-inducing traffic jams and delays this year.

In fact, in December last year, Kuala Lumpur Wazers helped other Wazers know of weather-related issues, sharing more than 25,456 weather-related alerts, with hail and flooding being the most reported. Subsequently, 21,197 accident alerts were submitted by Wazers, helping other Wazers stay informed and thus safer on the roads.

Waze Weather Support: Reporting Closures in Real-Time

Waze relies on more than 420,000 global, active, volunteer Map Editors to help keep Waze maps up-to-date and accurate of real time conditions, particularly during weather issues like monsoons and floods. To help you stay informed, these editors add closures and other information directly to the Waze Map – both online and in-app.
Reporting is simple; Waze users can send in notifications about closed roads due to flooding and planned event road closures on waze.com/livemap and through the reports menu. The affected road/s will be closed and immediately reflected on the app to allow road users to feel ease when travelling.

Waze Map Editor and user insights into hazards and closure don’t just help other users on the road; Waze works with municipalities worldwide who have used Waze during weather emergencies to navigate emergency vehicles on the most optimal routes.


Waze Helps You Navigate Storms

It’s always best to stay off the road during a storm, but if you must drive, here are a few Waze weather tips to navigate the roads:

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  • Plan a Drive: Before you get into the car, XX
    • To plan a drive: Menu >
  • Determine Where to Park: Use Waze “suggeted parking” to determine the closest bay to your destination, letting users beat the congestion and avoid getting wet.
    • To select a parking lot:
  • Get Situated: Be sure to dock your phone and plug it in so you can hear all audio alerts and directions.
  • Inform Family Friends of Your Arrival Time: Avoid any distracting “where are you?” calls and texts by sharing your estimated time of arrival (ETA)
    • Send ETA: ETA Panel –> Send ETA → tap friend (or click more to send via text, email or WhatsApp) → Send → tap “Go” to start drive
  • Hands-Free: To keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, make sure hands-free and audio alerts are turned on.
    • Turn on hands-free: Menu → Settings → Voice Commands → turn on “Enable”
    • Turn on audio alerts: ETA Panel → Tap Sound Icon → Select “Sound On”


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Waze 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index Revealed

Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index!

Where in the world are the best and worst places to be a driver? The 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index is made up by analyzing millions of monthly active Waze users in 38 countries and 235 metros to critique their traffic conditions, road safety, driver services, road quality, socio economic climate & Wazeyness from satisfying (10) to miserable (1).

While Waze has more than 65 million monthly active users globally in 185 countries, this report only focuses on countries and metros with more than 20,000+ monthly active users to ensure data accuracy and fair market comparisons. This data was then used to compile a global and national snapshots. Here’s what they found:

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Top Ten Country Rankings

1.   Netherlands
2.   France
3.   United States
4.   Czech Republic
5.   Sweden
6.   United Arab Emirates
7.   Latvia
8.   Hungary
9.   Slovakia
10. Italy

The Netherlands comes out on top with an average satisfaction score of 7.54 with France and America coming second and third respectively. Propping up the table is El Salvador who rank as the worst place to drive in the world based on this index with a satisfaction score of 2.85, they are followed closely by Guatemala and the Philippines.

Malaysia’s ranking has slipped from last year to 23rd which puts us in the lower end of the satisfaction index unfortunately, however out of all global countries, we scored highly on road quality with Malaysia posting a road quality satisfaction of 9.03, the 6th best score in the world and way and above the global average of 6.71!

On further probing it was found that Malaysia’s slip down the rankings was due to further countries being added that ranked higher. Additionally, the Wazeyness, Road Safety and Traffic Indices indicated drops from the previous year.

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Calpis Launches Yuna Singing Voice Prompt On Waze

Kuala Lumpur, 06 July 2016 – Calpis, Japan’s first cultured milk drink, has launched the first-ever Malaysian singing voice prompt on Waze featuring Malaysian / international artiste Yuna – just in time for the Hari Raya festivities. Now you have no need to fear the heavy traffic as you get serenaded while on-the-go with Yuna’s smooth grooves.

Waze, the free traffic and navigation app powered by the world’s largest community of drivers, has become a part of Malaysians’ lifestyles as the growing economy and rapid developments have made road navigation even more challenging. This is why Calpis chose to provide Malaysians a happier experience with Waze, where Yuna will sing you through traffic melodiously.

Calpis wants drivers to drive safe during this festive season and hopes that Yuna’s exquisite voice will keep drivers alert. “There’s a lot of commuting taking place during this time as all Malaysians visit one another during the various open houses and more. Waze will help Malaysians arrive at their various destinations safely as some places can be hard to find. Additionally, a singing voice navigator can help break the monotony adding to the happy, fun, Raya celebration – a positive experience that is synonymous with the Calpis brand philosophy,” stated Etika Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Permanis Sandilands Sdn Bhd), Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Hemalatha Ragavan.

Calpis will be giving Malaysians more to celebrate by launching the new Grape flavour, which will come in satisfying 350ml and 1L sizes. As Malaysians will be back at work while Raya celebrations are ongoing, Calpis wants to help drivers stay fresh during this period and the new sensation in addition to the Original and Mango flavours will do just that.

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Stay Safe With Yuna And Calpis Grape

Yuna combined with Calpis Grape will keep Malaysians in Raya mood despite navigating through heavy peak-hour traffic. “I’m excited and I hope to bring a little goodness to my fans who are stuck in traffic,” says Yuna when asked about the campaign. “I also hope that Malaysians stay safe on the roads. Keep calm in traffic, take breaks on long journeys and have some Calpis in between to refresh yourselves,” she adds. Aside from being able to enjoy the smooth sensations and creamy goodness that Calpis brings, the Yuna-Waze voice navigation campaign makes for a great addition as it adds to the festivities and happy celebrations that Malaysians will enjoy.

“We’re thrilled Calpis is bringing the first Malaysian singing voice, Yuna, to Waze, guiding Wazers along the most optimal route home from Hari Raya or to any destination of their choosing,” said Edward Ling, Sales Manager of Waze Malaysia. “Celebrity voice prompts are one of our more unique features and a great way to add some fun to a drive. Yuna’s beautiful singing voice is sure to do just that, surprising and delighting drivers at every turn. We also believe this will be the perfect accompaniment to the newly launched Calpis Grape, which promises to add more zing to the already popular cultured milk drink.”

To enable your Waze and enjoy Yuna’s vocals, simply download Waze from your respective iOS or Android app stores. Once installed, select the “menu” option, then click on “settings”. Under “setting”, select the “sound” option and select “English (UK) – Yuna | Calpis”.

So stay tuned for more goodness from Calpis as we bring even more joy through our future campaigns. At this juncture, Calpis also hopes all Malaysians will stay safe and wishes fellow Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri.


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