traffic phenomenons

Driving in karachi, i’ve noticed atleast two phenomenons (mostly on SF) which really aid you as a driver.. thought i’d share them today.

1. The Current
Not the electric kind, but rather the waterway kind, a current is when the signal timing work for you, enabling you to breeze through a large section of road with stopping. I usually catch currents when entering SF from Karsaz and it took me up all the way upto PIDC, and conversly from Metropole till Tipu Sultan. The trick is maintaining a standard speed (usually 60 to 70 kmph works for me) which coincides with the signal timing.

2. The Slipstream
This is my favourite phenomena! Occurs when there’s some VIP convoy movement, for which traffic isnt stopped but signals are managed by traffic cops to let them pass without stopping. What you do is, try to get your car just behind the last one in the convoy. That way, you pass along as part of it and dont have to stop at any signal. However, it does require some mastery in driving techniques as they can be pretty crazy to follow.

Any more phenomenons you guys would like to share? (Stopping and traffic jams not counted)

8 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    I could be counted as guilty to have sometimes slip streamed an ambulance, though its not the perfect solution but often lets you pass a great distance, ie if others don’t squeeze in.

    To be honest I have stopped doing this for a good 2-3 years but see people making use of this slip stream quite often


  2. al khan (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

    TEETH MAESTRO – How did you ever manage to find yourself in the slip stream of an ambulance in a city where no one seems to make way to let an ambulance pass??


  3. Salman Sheikh (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

    i have tried to slipstreamed behind vip convy as well as ambulances …. some time i succeed , people mostly are so reluctant to give way to ambulances and they really have to squeeze in to make room so its really tricky to follow the ambulance mostly as pointed out by khan… secondly every other person these days have a ambulance siren installed in their cars so most people just don’t realise that its a real ambulance or a private car thats a major factor
    for ambulances not getting way…. even motorcycles have sirens like those of ambulances…


  4. Jamash (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

    I don’t want to be slipstreaming behind a Vip, who know’s a bullet meant for him might get a bit late to hit someone slipstreaming his Convoy. :P .. *Just a Spooky Thought*


  5. Salman Sheikh (unregistered) on September 10th, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

    haha valid point Jamash just like it happened with Gen Mush in pindi the last cars from his motorcade were affected lil bit :P


  6. Imran (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    60-70 rule is not true entirely on SF. There is one signal which is out of time (since the begining of dawn) where you have to stop. And if you are in a reall hurry going 90+ will give u an added advantage, you basically hop the next signal… :)


  7. mansoor (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    jamash: one reason to stay away from em :p you have to choose your slipstream too :p

    imran: which signal??


  8. Adnan K (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 8:40 pm

    My favorite/nastiest experience of slipstreaming was quite a few years back when i joined one of those “convoys” starting out of do talwaar. I was going along fine until the last van in the convoy noticed that i wasnt actually a part of it. before i knew it they were half a dozen cops with their guns aimed at me, and i had to slow down. that was scary. :)

    Way to get ditched!!!



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