Traffic:Three Things

1.Two things cannot occupy the same space. If you see a car travelling in a particular traffic lane, your car cannot coexist in that lane, with that car at the same time. Please do not try and squeeze that car. Metal will not “squish” to accommodate your car.

2.Inching your car, when stopped at a red light, will not make the light turn green any faster. Please stay where you are, you only block the path for the other cars going across or incoming traffic (when turning right).

3.The steering wheel was created as such so that humans could control the car. Do not allow your car to “drift” from one lane to another. If you want to change lanes, indicate, check behind you and then change lanes. Let it be a definite decision. Such opinionated people here in Karachi, decision making should come easily to them all. Allowing your car to sway from one half lane to the other shows the driver as weak-minded and unable to control the car.

16 Comments so far

  1. Anonom. (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

    I would ask all drivers reading this to do a few easy things.

    1) Stay in your lane
    2) Signal when you switch lanes
    3) If possible, please give right of way to others
    4) Do not stare at other drivers
    5) Be curtious to others
    6) Honk as little as possible

  2. jacktheripper (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 7:44 pm

    get a life lady!

    dont you get tired of writing cliche posts?

  3. Salman A. (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    Oh please, don’t teach us how to drive. We know why we are unique and what we stand for. Here is an example:

    One hand on steering wheel, one hand on horn

    One hand on steering wheel, one hand on newspaper, foot solidly on accelerator…

    Both hands on steering wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in terror
    -New York

    Both hands in air, gesturing, both feet on accelerator, head turned to talk to someone in back seat

    One hand on horn,
    one hand greeting,
    one ear on cell phone,
    one ear listening to loud music,
    foot on accelerator,
    eyes on female pedestrians,
    conversation with someone in next car
    *** Welcome to Karachi ***

  4. Nadir (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

    @Salman: LOL!!!!!! You portrayed it just right!

    I think this post is useless, we all know that… But no body gets to go it. Why did i say “gets to…” That’s coz when the person next to you is trying to push you over, or the person behind you is honking at you constantly during the signal is red. and… or the person in front of you is driving, which seems like he’s drunk… turns out to be talking on the phone, or was looking at the girls on the bus stop…. – and so on.. .what the hell can you do…

    Try to be nice and follow the rules and never reach home, stay where you are on the road forever.

  5. Notonebuttwo (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

    Perhaps these posts have to show up again and again because things never change. Perhaps if people on the roads would change their practice, so would the posts.

  6. Concerned (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    There are certain post which are showing up again bec some ppl have nothing better to do.

    Get a life yar. if you are bored go do some charity work. repeating things will do no good to the ppl who read this blog.

  7. MS (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 11:56 pm

    To all who don’t want to change. Guys, don’t confuse me with a preacher but what would it take us to realize the problem and accept the fact that someone has to start sacrificing before others follow the lead; if everyone kept breaking the rules then forget a civilized nation.

    I still think that the best way to start is from our own house, our own family; one family @ a time. Last time I was in Karachi, I had a hard time making my father realize that he should not drive like he does. His argument was the same; “everyone drives like that, so I have to; if I did not, I would be in an accident”. At the end, at least for the time I was in Karachi, he was following good driving habits; not sure whether he is still doing that though.

    I wish if we all could take the responsibility of “theek kerna” our own families and I really hope the people who “preach” such good things also follow these themselves.

  8. salman (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:51 am

    Guys … if u cant appreciate her concern then alteast dont bug her!
    she is trying and we should all follow the rules.
    if one driver will start following traffic rules then others will follow.

    someone has to do to get our heads straight !

    bless you, saba :)

  9. salman (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:59 am

    Guys … if u cant appreciate her concern then alteast dont bug her!
    she is trying and we should all follow the rules.
    if one driver will start following traffic rules then others will follow.

    someone has to do to get our heads straight !

    bless you, saba :)

  10. Sabih (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:54 am

    But are there Traffic Lanes in Karachi on every road? Not Quite.

  11. udass (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    I agree that Saba has the right concerns
    Salman we should also agree with the ground realities.

    Everyone knows that if we don’t do the drifting we can’t get a way, if we wait to give the signal then look then change the lane we will miss the opportunity.

    I agree that she is doing her job of trying to educate people BUT i agree that this is not possible.

    I have been driving in Karachi for years. I never over-ruled the traffic signal, i always give signal while changing the lanes but how much thoughts have i changd so far, esily not a single !

  12. Notonebuttwo (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    That is all one can ask… that we each do our own bit. You cannot change other people, you can however change yourself. I think that was the point of this post.

  13. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

    hahah i think all pakistani drivers should read this!

  14. malaika rizwi (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

    hahah i think all pakistani drivers should read this!

  15. Saad Usman (unregistered) on September 1st, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

    I have a different view point altogether. Much of the traffic problems in Karachi are product of a number of unfortunate things. I know when I am tired at the day end wanting to go home as quickly as possible, these traffic jams and senseless driving by a majority of fellow drivers leads me nowhere except to follow their suit.

    Before proposing “solutions” to these problems, just imagine a hypothetical Karachi having these features:

    1. Efficient mass transit system (I can live with efficient bus system as well)
    2. High cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle (by for e.g. high taxes, it will automatically reduce number of vehicles on roads forcing people to use public transport)
    3. Commercial/residential plazas having sufficient parking spaces within their premises (parking not allowed on thoroughfares)
    4. A bribe-free system of issuing driving licence (indeed next to impossible)
    5. Heavy penalties for violating traffic rules (including cancellation of driving licence – additional revenue to the Government??)
    6. Only registered companies being allowed run the entire bus/taxi system in the cosmopolitan (a means to avoid half-literate bus drivers)

    A large number of unemployed youths can be hired/trained on the pattern of motorway police which can bring lawlessness to end through ‘danda’ system. I know this is my wish list but if we start following these (you can add to these) suggestions, some time in future, we can have a decent living and commuting.

  16. Sasha M. (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 4:40 am

    Can someone please start up the blogging thing on the Taxi’s in Karachi?

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