Driver Education Drive: Driving in Lanes

Yesterday, as I was driving back home on the largely deserted 26th Street from Khayaban-e-Badban, I seem to notice how some vehicles, (no less modern and flashy then the latest, automatic models of Honda) would absolutely refuse to drive in a single lane. And no, I’m mot talking about over-taking here, I’m talking about how some drivers have the annoying habit of cruising neither quite in the left, not quite in the right, but precisely some where in the middle of the two lanes, and hence essentially not driving in any lane at all! While this may not have resulted in anything significant on a largely empty road as the one we were both driving on yesterday, but at a busier venue and location, it would have surely resulted in needless blocking of the cars behind and a totally unnecessary disruption to the general flow of traffic.

Speaking of lanes generally though, I’m a relatively inexperienced driver, and have only just begin driving recently, so may be my own surprise at such indifference from some drivers is merely my own naivety about how people view traffic rules in this city, but I just find it hard to believe that very few of the roads in the city have actual lanes marked on them. The newer ones tend to have them for a while, before some how, by some miracle, or usually a causal dig up in some part of the road, they simply vanish. Of course any one with even a tiny amount of road sense can figure where the left, middle and right lanes are, but still. Something like this would be unheard of in more civilized countries.

Whilst I’m at the whole “driver education drive” theme though, may I also remind that the general rule of signaling before you’re turning also applies when you’re changing lanes. I’m not going to get a divine revelation after all that you’ll be overtaking every other car in sight, you have to signal! And last but certainly not the least, if you’re driving in the right and noticing that you’re being repeatedly honked, blinked and overtaken by cars behind you, you’re probably driving too slow. Move to the left lane, no one’s going to bother you there. Ah, I love driving in the left. Nice and comfy there. Until of course, I spot one of those “I drive in between two lanes and wont give you way no matter what” drivers. May God protect us from the dangers of Karachi’s bizarre traffic routine, for some time it seems that only He may be capable of doing so. Keep safe and happy driving!

13 Comments so far

  1. fAr stAr (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 11:12 am

    and with the ‘traffic week’, celebrated by the traffic police i think, we need some campaigns to educate the drivers as well.


  2. Sameer (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    sab baat choro loogon ko please yeh samjhao kah roaad tou sahi se cross karne deya kareen zebra crossing kah oper laa kah car khari kardete hain phir woh accord wala ho ya mehran sab ka aik hi haal hai


  3. KLM (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

    Worst drivers on road every where. Is easy to get the lisence with no basic training. How can you expect the discipline trafic. Drivers not caring of basic rule and jumps the red light. Whose mistake is this authority or individual. It looks like we are waiting for some one to come and rescue us from all the problems created by our ignorance and lack of education.

    I am sure things are not going to improve on the road or some other parts unless we feel and correct ourselves.

    How many drivers give way to elder citizen while crossing the road. Where there is no designated place of crossing the road ( Zebra Crossing).

    Sidewalk are occupied by shops or not properly paved, so how can we stress the people not to walk of roads.

    I appreciate sincere efforts of the Punjab Government towards education and handling the traffic issue. I acknowledge lot to be done but i really apprciate their leaders more sincere to their people.

    I think Sindh Govt should outsource the traffic department and should give the task to the dept to improve the discipline on road by educating drivers , conducting proper driving test before they issue lisence and crack down on violaters.


  4. BitterTruth (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    I think Sindh Govt should outsource the traffic department
    better outsource entire government. direct rule of US would be much better then obeying their servants


  5. mantissa (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    On that note – I should also point out that I find it extremely unnerving to see people use their high beam lights during the night blinding both the driver in front as well as the oncoming traffic on the other side of the road. Last I checked, it isn’t a wise decision to wear sunglasses during the night either :P


  6. Syed Johny (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    I noticed this too!!
    this can easily noticed all over Karachi !!!

    Roads are bad in Karachi ! but it is not that worse to create massive traffic jams ! it is due to non “waqfiat” (Pardon my Vocabulary ) of traffic laws!!


  7. Balma (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 9:14 pm

    * non “waqfiat”

    **** Lack of awareness


  8. Xono (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

    Zainub, I also started driving recently. Once I came out on the roads after my training, I was simply amazed that drivers here have no concept of lanes. At first I used to become frustrated and my blood boiled to 101 C, but now I’ve become used to it. Also you should cover about the useless and excessive honking that drivers do here. Like for example the moment the signal turns green they start honking for no reason. Or the signal is Red ans still honking. Some times I feel like getting into reverse gear and hitting his shiny new car with my dubba. But then again, we must be polite.


  9. Tania (unregistered) on August 4th, 2007 @ 2:38 am

    No discussion of bad drivers could be complete without the infamous women drivers!! :D

    http://www.vidpk.com/view_video.php?viewkey=354648020


  10. Afzal (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    check this site out…altho its for uk driving test…we can relate to it too because uk is left hand drive like us

    http://www.2pass.co.uk/

    i agree with all your points…wheneven someone turns on their beam…i go mad and start flashing the lights until they turn it off…works for me
    :D

    and yeah…the license test is corrupted…they just ask you to park in reverse between two cars…what the hell?!?!?!? there should be a standardised test…please copy it from a developed country but make it better…and there sould be a requirement for people to take their driving tests every 4 yrs! any suggestions for the tullas??? i cant come up with anything…how the hell can we stop them from taking bribe…thats one major cause due to which everyone dares to break traffic rules


  11. Afzal (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    check this site out…altho its for uk driving test…we can relate to it too because uk is left hand drive like us

    http://www.2pass.co.uk/

    i agree with all your points…wheneven someone turns on their beam…i go mad and start flashing the lights until they turn it off…works for me
    :D

    and yeah…the license test is corrupted…they just ask you to park in reverse between two cars…what the hell?!?!?!? there should be a standardised test…please copy it from a developed country but make it better…and there sould be a requirement for people to take their driving tests every 4 yrs! any suggestions for the tullas??? i cant come up with anything…how the hell can we stop them from taking bribe…thats one major cause due to which everyone dares to break traffic rules


  12. Afzal (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 2:12 am

    check this site out…altho its for uk driving test…we can relate to it too because uk is left hand drive like us

    http://www.2pass.co.uk/

    i agree with all your points…wheneven someone turns on their beam…i go mad and start flashing the lights until they turn it off…works for me
    :D

    and yeah…the license test is corrupted…they just ask you to park in reverse between two cars…what the hell?!?!?!? there should be a standardised test…please copy it from a developed country but make it better…and there sould be a requirement for people to take their driving tests every 4 yrs! any suggestions for the tullas??? i cant come up with anything…how the hell can we stop them from taking bribe…thats one major cause due to which everyone dares to break traffic rules


  13. Afzal (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 2:13 am

    sorry for double posting…was showing error every time i hit post



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