1. Which side of the road should I drive on in Sabah?
The legal type of driving in Sabah, as in the rest of Malaysia, is left-hand driving. You should always drive on the left side of the road.
2. What is the speed limit in Sabah?
The speed limit is typically 80 km/h on highways, 60 km/h on state roads, and 50 km/h in residential areas, unless otherwise posted. It is required to comply with these speed limits at all times.
3. Will I encounter speed cameras in Sabah?
Yes, there are speed cameras in Sabah. Failure to respect the speed limit can result in a fine.
4. Do I need an international driving license to drive in Sabah?
If you have a valid driver's license from your home country and it's in English, you can use it to drive in Sabah for up to 90 days. However, if it's not in English, you would need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
5. Are there any specific driving rules in Sabah I should be aware of?
Just like in the rest of Malaysia, seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers. Also, honking at night is considered illegal and offensive.
6. Where can I find gas stations in Sabah?
There are plenty of petrol stations in Sabah’s major towns and along the Pan Borneo Highway. However, if you plan to travel off the beaten track, it’s recommended to refuel whenever possible.
7. What do I do if I encounter a police checkpoint in Sabah?
Police checkpoints are not uncommon in Sabah, especially at night. If signalled to pull over, do so and provide your driving license and car registration documents.
8. Are there any toll roads in Sabah?
No, there are no toll highways in Sabah.
9. Are the roads well maintained in Sabah?
Most of the roads in the city and major highways in Sabah are well maintained. But off the beaten tracks, some roads can be narrow and winding with potholes.
10. What do I do in case of a car breakdown or accident in Sabah?
In case of a car breakdown, call your car rental agency for help. In case of an accident, you should call the police immediately and do not move your car until they arrive.
11. Is it safe to drive in Sabah at night?
Driving at night in the city is generally safe in Sabah. However, the remote areas may not have adequate street lighting, so extra caution is advised.
12. Are there parking facilities readily available in Sabah?
Yes, most hotels, shopping malls and attractions in Sabah have parking facilities.
13. Can I use mobile applications for navigation in Sabah?
Yes, applications like Google Maps and Waze are quite accurate for navigating roads in Sabah.
14. Are there any restrictions for female drivers in Sabah?
No, there are no restrictions for female drivers. Both men and women have the same driving rights in Sabah.
15. What type of car is suitable for driving in Sabah?
A compact car is sufficient for city driving in Sabah. However, a 4WD or SUV is recommended for off-road driving or for visiting remote areas.