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!