Driver Education Drive- Lesson 1

Even after all the signal-less corridors and the underpasses and the overheads, the traffic situation in Karachi doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Traffic jams, bottlenecks- CHAOS are still daily occurrences on the city’s thoroughfares. But, there are ways to avoid the everyday mess on our roads.

In this new series ‘Driver Education Drive’, authors at KMB will post a lesson every now and then, which if every driver on the roads to Karachi could make a point to follow, Karachi’s roads would be a much safer place to drive. That everyone will save on time and fuel will come as an added benefit.

Lesson # 1

Never drive the wrong direction on a one-way road.

A lot of drivers (and here I don’t mean just the chauffeurs but everyone who finds him/herself behind the wheel) have made it a habit to take the wrong direction on two instances in particular.
First, when they see the road ahead of them chokes with traffic and they think they can escape the traffic jam by detouring to the other road. Little do they realise, that they worsen the situation. Cars follow the leader and after a little while, its a 4 way jam.
The second instances when cars take the direction is when turning from another lane, they need to take the road across and the next ‘cutting’ is too far ahead, they go backwards and take a turn from the nearer cutting. Apparently, harmless. But this can spell disaster and result in accidents.

Be the change you want to see, said Gandhi. Unless we all decide to take responsibility for the problems in Karachi, things will have little chance of improvement. Here’s to hoping that the KMB drive will make a difference.

9 Comments so far

  1. Anon (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

    Starting an Ad campaign on tv is an effective way to promote better driving in a city like karachi. The number of vehicles (bikes+cars) is increasing and the rate of new roads and building will not catch up as fast; so educating the public on doing small things can bring a bigger change.

    It takes one good driver to influence 10 others, begin influencing others by being a better diver yourself.

    Lesson # 2 could be, BE CURTIOUS? GIVE RIGHT OF WAY? or maybe DONT HONK UNNECESSARILY? pick anything!

  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    If only we, as a nation learn to a bit patient, then most of our problems would disappear in a jiffy.

  3. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on April 16th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    I give fellow comuters way…….& then i recive grief from the person sitting next to me! :(.

    Ethics play a big part in society, sadly its a form of Education……and thats a NO NO!

    As Sheeple (Southpark joke, the ppl are like sheep, Eik jo bolta hai, sare woh hi karte hain),
    If we see one idiot bending the rules, we follow him/her or try to outdo em.

  4. Faisal (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 12:49 am

    GOD!! I could go on and on about this:P
    The point mentioned about motorists taking the wrong way is very valid!! Gets on your very last nerve. And you’re left feeling so stupid, trying to be ethical and not do the wrong thing. Where’s the justice in that?!

    And also, when the signals turned red from green and the cars continue to go on and on. Noone realizes what the consequences of this are going to be. The side who which has the right of way finds that their signal has turned red from green without there being anyway for them to go through, and they’ll naturally break the light themselves. This results in a vicious cycle and by the time it corrects itself, a few other bunch of lunatics have done the same thing again.

    Maybe we need some bloody heavy fines to correct the attitudes of the public. But then again, where are the enforcers ;)

  5. Kashif (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 1:37 am

    Never drive on wrong way eh? Sometimes even the tullas permit this. Example, after newtown-jail chowrangi dig up, traffic towards jail chowrangi was put on wrong way (instead of a diversion) :)

  6. MB (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    After failing to convince my family that a better mass transport system is my choice i have to finally go to the teen-ka-dabba (car in karachi’s becomes TKD within an year).

    So basically i am getting a car. And if i ever be able to drive i will give Sid a treat for giving me the basic lesson.

    Sid are you going to put some videos here for more info ?

  7. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    Ethics and education goes along, and only educated have ethics.

    So let us not act like Wagon wala, bus wala, dumper wala or, tell others USS ko bhi tou daykho woh keya mama ha tumhara – NO. TWO wrongs does not make a dot right,. Listen to your innerself.

    SID Good effort am with you on it

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    great idea sid!
    love the first lesson! if only i could strangle every guy who did that.. i’d be a mass murderer within seconds :p

  9. Salman A. (unregistered) on April 17th, 2007 @ 11:04 pm

    If the traffic controller/police officer gets a cut, say 10 to 20% on each ‘chalaan’ he registers, won’t there be less traffic violations in the city? not that difficult to implement, is it?

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