Drivers’ hardships

However differences we have noticed throughout the globe in terms of driving logic, here, in Myanmar, we remained quite puzzled.

The first thing – the lights. During the day, no one turns on the lights, the situations is the same during the night as well. In the complete darkness on the road, there are some flash illuminations coming from cars, but not from the countless motorbikes. Nobody cares about switching on the lights. For the sake of the safety, upon meeting another vehicle on the road, except the impetuous horning, a flashing also begins – sidelights, main beams, warning lights, again the sidelights and so on, and so on. All cars are with automatic transmission, no matter how simple or luxury they are. We found the explanation about that:  it would be very hard for the poor driver if he had to change the gears along with all his duties like pushing the horn, flashing with sidelights, main beams and so on…

Horns are always in accordance with the size of the vehicle and follow the rule – the bigger you are, the greater your horn. The sound coming from the biggest ones is shockingly frightening and respectable and if you wander for a while, the fright would make you jump meters above the ground. Except in the bigger cities, there are neither traffic lights nor any other signs indicating priority at the junctures.  The rule of the bigger one is back in action. The drivers of the place a hand over the most important device in the vehicle – the horn, and they do not stop until the drivers of the smaller ones give them priority. Poor they, they seek occasion to show the vocal capacities of their devices amongst the smaller ones and meanwhile to continue on their way. But if you are pedestrian, who needs to cross the road – you’re the most deprived of rights living being in the world, nobody cares about you.

So, despite that indescribable chaos called traffic rules, for so many days we did not see or hear any participant in the traffic being angry, nervous, yelling, and showing some hand gestures, all these behaviors being usual in our time zones.

Who can understand the Asians?