The government has decided to extend Eid al-Fitr holiday from four days to seven days. This decision is expected to reduce traffic congestion during homecoming season because the people now have more flexibility in choosing when to leave.
"Therefore, people can choose the right time to go on homebound trip within the period of Saturday, June 9, 2018, to H-1 Eid al-Fitrwhich is Thursday, June 14, 2018," Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumad itold Tempo.co, Thursday (April 19).
If the holiday is not extended, people can only choose to go on homebound trip between June 13 or June 14, 2018. This will make traffic flow accumulate during those dates,leading to congestion. Then, travel time is very likely to become longer.
This becomes different when the government added more days (June 11, 12, and 20) to the holiday. People now has more dates to choose from to go on homebound trip, from Saturday, June 9, 2018toJune 11, 2018, which falls on Monday. Moreover, some people may choose to go on Friday night, the day before.
This prediction is in line with the mapping of homecoming season by the Transportation Ministry about people’s habits when going on homebound travel. This research was done to ensure that the traffic during homecoming season will be smoother than in previous years.
"People prefer to go on homebound trip two to three days before Eid al-Fitr. That is because the holiday is short," the minister said.
When the holiday is extended, the habit automatically changes. People have more options to choose when to leave.
Nevertheless, the minister advised people not to leave two to three days before Eid al-Fitr because it is very likely that the peak of traffic congestion happens on those days.Therefore, people are expected to be wiser in choosing the right time to go on homebound trip.
Other than choosing the time to go on homebound trip, another important thing that people must not forget to prepare is the transportation to be used for journeying back to their hometown, especially since the trend is still dominated by own vehicles.
However, to go on a long journey, the body needs great stamina and the car needs to be in top condition. Even though traffic congestion is predicted to be reduced due to extended holiday, vehicle volume will still be high during homecoming season.
It is because many private companies choose not to extend the holiday. Thus, it is very likely that traffic congestion will still happen along the way.
Therefore, people need high-quality vehicle that is capable of a long journey on challenging terrain, notwithstanding the traffic congestion that may be quite long.
To fulfill this need, mobil88 as a subsidiary of PT Serasi Autoraya (SERA) under Astra, provides high-quality used cars as options for homebound trip transportation.
Quality does not need to be questioned because mobil88 guarantees all the cars it sells are in top condition and ready to be used. As a matter of fact, mobil88 dares to give buyback guarantee for consumer's comfort when buying cars.
Moreover, mobil88 also provides various after-sales services such as free insurance and free car detailing. With these benefits, consumer can feel at ease when using the car for homebound trip.
Furthermore, mobil88 provided many and various types of cars. Consumers can choose cars according to their needs, for example, cars that can accommodate big family on homebound trip. Thus, it is hoped that people can enjoy safe and comfortable homebound trips.