Monday, June 04, 2007

Bad, Badder, Baddest!!

These days going out of the house and driving anywhere is beginning to be a little like living in Baghdad. You always wonder if your going to make it home again. Apart from the crazy graduating kids who careen around at all hours of the night, or those that are weaving about on the road while they discuss the color and cost of the shoes they bought on their mobile, one has to deal with the taxis that either snake in and out of traffic in a race to deliver their passengers or stop dead in front of you without a signal in order to pick up a passenger. But at least one can take them to court if there is an accident.

Worse are the lorries. They are traveling at breakneck speeds in order to deliver as many loads of sand as possible in 24 hours. God forbid you come to a red light with one of them behind you because you will surely end up in the sandbox yourself....for good. Court there won't help much.

But worst are the palace drivers.......This is the second time I write about them on this blog but they really do need a refresher course in driving etiquette. They seem to specialize in squeezing you off the bridge or road no matter how narrow, suddenly darting in front of you with inches to spare, or flying past with arms flailing and occasionally a hit on your car with their batons if you don't move fast enough. The problem here is, if you even so much as show your anger they threaten you with court and I'm sure there's no way you can win!................z


Blogger Maher said...

you hit a crucial point here.

i tottally agree with you about every word you said, and i think there is no solutions for these problems...especially the taxi drivers!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm with you on this one. I just returned from a trip to the States where people, in general, drive much more orderly. Coming back to Jordan's reckless road scene is a bit frustrating.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007  
Blogger joladies said...

Hello Maher......It's curious that the easiness of remedy seems to be in the reverse order. Palace drivers can easily be taught etiquette along with the realization that their poor behavior hurts those same people they are there to protect. Lorries...maybe they should be off certain roads during high peak travel as is done in other countries. As for taxis, I agree that is more difficult. Part of the problem lies with the citizens who hail taxis from the most inoportune places.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007  
Blogger ma7joob said...

you know what's even funnier , that some of them have a "how am i driving" sign on the back of the car but if you try to call the number you'll find that no one pick up .

i guess the guy on the phone just got sick of all the people calling him

Tuesday, June 05, 2007  
Anonymous kinzi said...

Ma7joob, I have done the same thing!! Called to complain and no one picks up!

Z, perhaps poetic justice will occur when palace drivers have to deal with Khaleeji guests just like the rest of us normal folks.

This summer, I will be strategizing trips out of the house and even the routes.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007  

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