Thursday, February 25, 2010

Worst Drivers in The World

Without a doubt, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Once upon a time I would have said Tidewater, Virginia drivers, snort laugh, till I visited Atlanta, but that was nothing till I went to Boston, the New York.
Certainly these had to be the worst drivers in the world, until I visited Jarkarta, Indonesia. Yes, terrible traffic, but worst drivers? Maybe not. Until I visited Istanbul, Turkey. My mind was made up, yes, this is it, the winners, the worst drivers in the world, until I came here.

I have to say that the streets here are very scary! Especially the buses. There are two kinds, colorful unmaintained private buses and red government Sri Lankan Transportation buses. It's not uncommon to see one of these buses traveling at dangerous speeds weaving in and out of traffic. Add the motorcycles and trishaws and it's a constant soup of wheels.

Now I know that there are some folks reading this shaking their heads saying, no, the worst drivers in the world are (Your city and country here), well do post a comment and lets hear about it!

1 comment:

Affy said...

I think what you meant to say is worst driving experience not necessarily bad drivers. In fact if you can maneuver through Colombo traffic without hitting anything I think your a pretty damn good driver. That goes ten fold when driving something as big as a bus. The motorcycles and "trishaws" (3 wheeled gizmos) are an annoiance but despite the weaving and callous disregard for other vehicles, they do somehow scrape through without a scratch. So my argument; bad driving experience (for someone who is used to driving by the rules)? Yes, bad drivers? Hardly.

Now I've also visited India and Egypt, the driving experience there is far worse. Crossing an intersection is like a game of russian roulette. Cars run into or bounce off each other all the time and if it's nothing major, the drivers simply nod their heads and continue.