Road Hogs.

If you want to see real road hogs in action, you have to come to India. Motorists will drive between two lanes, will drive slowly on the fast lane and fast on the slow lane and heavy vehicles will insist on driving on the fast overtaking lane forcing other faster moving vehicles to overtake from the wrong lane.

Road accidents have earned India a dubious distinction. With over 130,000 deaths annually, the country has overtaken China and now has the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide. And most of these accidents happen because our drivers either are ignorant about rules or simply ignore them. Right on top of such ignoramuses will be road hogs who also ensure that the new phenomenon of road rage keeps increasing.

Road hogs are my bete noires and my son Ranjan keeps advising me to hire professional drivers when I take the car out rather than drive myself because he fears that I will go into road rage and get into trouble. So, one of my pleasures, going on long drives is now something to look forward to but not indulge in.

This topic was suggested by Padmum, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, Padmum, Pravin,  Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

18 thoughts on “Road Hogs.”

  1. I’ve driven all over Europe and the USA, and I can say that Italy takes some beating when it comes to lunatic drivers, although I once saw a driver in Turkey miss his exit when on a roundabout, stop and then reverse ! Perhaps he was from India ? .. 😉
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  2. I’m recalling india traffic. Interesting, exciting, scary but it all worked out when we were there. There was No Road Rage then that we noticed. That was 2010.

    1. It is indeed true that you rarely see road rage but it exists I can assure you and you are also right that it all works out to the satisfaction of everyone on the road.

  3. MORE about traffic in India in 2010. There were cars, bicycles, cows, motorcycles, camels, dogs, people going in all directions & nobody was concerned. A man on a tractor was going the wrong way on a four-lane highway & nobody honked. There was no way to cross the median & he must have been going from one field to the next.

  4. we have many unsealed and winding highways – particularly prone to catching tourist drivers – who don’t drive to the conditions – forget this is left hand/roads – or fail to watch surface [too busy with sights] – “slips” are common during/after storms…

      1. in our case our ‘out of city’ roads have sometimes much less voluome pf anything – the city is a different story – once a upon a time we had rush hour set periods – now they seem to be all day

    1. I rarely venture out driving myself now a days Maxi and no chances of taking country roads anymore. If at all I go long distance, I go to Mumbai or Navi Mumbai.

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