Drunk driving in Qatar
"What would you do in this situation? When you are waiting in a queue of traffic to join the main road. There are lots of cars infront of you and no sideways to move to. A woman drives up behind you and joins the queue. Two minutes later beeps her horn at you. You look in the rear mirror, you have no idea why she is beeping you? And staring in niqaab. Nothing you can do or move anywhere!? And later she is flashing her headlights at you LOL This is 3pm so thankfully lights are not blinding you. What would you do?"
Authorities are careful about illegal car parking. There are speed cameras, mobile snippers & fines for not using seat belts. But what will I call the above? Wondering how would this happen on camels? Qatar has one of the finest cars but poorest drivers. Which includes me in the list :( One wonders why the traffic is so reckless in Doha? Because I am on road :P
The random changing of lanes is a norm. Overtaking from right without use of indicators. Why are people in an urgency syndrome?
In my humble opinion it can be twofold 1) Quality of driving test 2) Effect of culture. All types of drivers come in Doha, from coming from different parts of the world. Although you will never find a drunk driver (mumnoo'a). The way heat, complacence & urgency drives people here is ver disturbing. As a female driver, I always buckle my children. I limit my distractions while driving.
"Love them, buckle them"
I recieved my driving license in Doha after going through the painstaking classes. Now when I drive the car along side my husband (who has a UK driving license) he constantly keeps on jumping off the passenger seat & notifying me of my mistakes. Most of the times my reply is that I do not know that this is a mistake & with time we conclude that the driving classes conducted here prepared me to pass the test & not drive !
In Qatar, not more people die of diseases as of car accidents. Sensible & decent driving is a major tool to survive in this city.
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