Driver Education Drive- Lesson 2

Most people out on the roads of Karachi are in a hurry to get somewhere in time. It’s not like people are very particular about being punctual, but when driving, the sense of urgency still prevails. Under such circumstances, even the most law abiding citizens feel its justified to ignore the red light, or drive in the wrong lane, or simply put- be a menace to others on the road.

Safety signs on the Super Highway read ‘Better Late than Never’. I propose a modification. Being Early never hurt anyone. If everyone gave themselves a 20 minute cushion, instead of leaving for their destination just in time to make it on time, the traffic situation would greatly improve. All the comments on the previous post in the series suggested, if everyone could just be a little patient, half the problems wouldn’t exist. But, when pressed for time, no one even considers being patient.

So the next time, you absolutely have to reach somewhere on time, give yourself a good time margin when you take to the wheel. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

10 Comments so far

  1. ronin1770 (unregistered) on May 8th, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    do agree with ya 100%

    then we might to advance our mental clocks as well – because Desi Standard TIme generally means lagging 30 minutes


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 12:04 am

    100% agreed.

    Am with you, and I practice this since year 2000 in Pakistan

    I was tested 3 times and failed to GET the driving licence in Europe., in 4th cautious attempt i got licence for 2 years only. (originally EU Driving licence is for 5 years for foreign nationals on non-immigrant status)

    Reason Give – am Impatient and does not acknowledge others’ right of way.

    Later in UAE i was tested again and failed twice before I got my UAE Driving licence, reason – my US & EU licence does not gave me liberty to push around in the lanes without properly timed indicators for others to notice.

    Now, I get HIT on Karachi roads for being SLOW.

    BUT Allah is kind I manage to stay safe and keep others safe.


  3. Anon (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 12:26 am

    Agree 100%

    You can avoid a LOT of traffic jams by being at work early as well; I have to wait 20 minutes less in traffic each day now, which is a huge amount of tension lifted


  4. d0ct0r (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 12:53 am

    driving in karachi you must know the rush hours of the areas you intend to visit.. if there are schools enroute then you better be prepared to get stuck in the jam during early morning and afternoon when schools are over coz it seems these days its mandatory for parents to pick up the children in their private cars(and majority of moms are not experienced drivers ) so one is better off if he manages to avoid streets where schools are located..


  5. Faraz (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 9:30 am

    Jamal when did u goto Europe or Dubai ,u big liar.Ur lying thru ur nose.


  6. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    @ Jamal: Dude, same freakin problem here.

    For some reason ppl feel proud to behave stupidly on the road. I get lectured everytime for giving proper indicators or way to fellow drivers & the worst are the ones on motorbikes, 1/3 inch of space & they just cut infront of you :@.

    —-

    @ Sid: gj continuing the series. Hopefully everyone here follows the suggestions :).


  7. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:20 am

    Agree but the truck, suzuki/van, & bike wala’s are not reading this post :(

    Jamal a liar! that was good…


  8. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    So many are envious ! wow ! quiet youthful to be funny.

    :) why shall I give an explaination to anyone :) !

    Give me a reason ! !


  9. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:29 am

    Jamal;

    it took me three attempts to get a license in Dubai. but it does not make the dubai traffic deptt very efficient/honest.

    the god damned police walay are quite dumb.. the driving test usually lasts for hardly 2 minutes. just one lane change and one u-turn..thats it and they have to fail people at least 2 -3 times….after all the driving institute also has to earn something. so the test here is a sham. u can never judge how a person drives by just watching him make one u-turn and one lane change. the results can be seen on the roads of dubai, with cars being driven recklessly.

    at least here they don’t demand a bribe with an open mouth. there have been cases where the policemen have been arrested for issuing fake licenses / visas but they usually catch them and arrest & deport the residents who are involved.


  10. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 2:30 am

    Jamal;

    it took me three attempts to get a license in Dubai. but it does not make the dubai traffic deptt very efficient/honest.i had driven for nearly 12 years inkhi befor that!

    the god damned police walay are quite dumb.. the driving test usually lasts for hardly 2 minutes. just one lane change and one u-turn..thats it and they have to fail people at least 2 -3 times….after all the driving institute also has to earn something. so the test here is a sham. u can never judge how a person drives by just watching him make one u-turn and one lane change. the results can be seen on the roads of dubai, with cars being driven recklessly.

    at least here they don’t demand a bribe with an open mouth. there have been cases where the policemen have been arrested for issuing fake licenses / visas but they usually catch them and arrest & deport the residents who are involved.



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