Driving in India
Teeth clenched, breath held, eyes closed and fingers gripping the seat… just another day as a passenger on the roads of India. Seemingly there are no rules here. None that are followed anyways. As with the queues and open spaces, the road is a free for all to find a gap and move into it. In the constant need to get ahead, multiple lanes are crossed and the white line is straddled (road markings are purely decorative here) leading to three lines of weaving cars. Speed limits are suggestions and going 70 kmh into a 25 kmh bend is normal. Minor and major road right of ways have no meaning and the use of an indicator or rear view mirror is non existent. As for wing mirrors? Why even open them out? Unnecessary, the other motorists read your mind. The beep of your horn is all you need. Beep to indicate your position, beep to overtake, beep to indicate approaching a major road or turn, beep to alert pedestrians to your presence (Safe Cross Code…. What?) How on earth do you signal wtf?! when a beep means everything? Needless to say, I witnessed three separate crashes along the same stretch of road so maybe it’s time to revise the system?
Immerse yourself in India. It is truly unique. Live it, breathe it, taste it, feel it. But bring ear plugs. And travel sickness tablets.