D.I.E – No Lanes

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Well the time is here and I think I am ready to talk and discuss about Driving In Egypt (D.I.E). The Acronym is very fitting actually. It almost feels like you’re about to die, every time you put yourself behind the steering wheel in Cairo.

On most decent roads, you’ll find faint lane lines, to guide the drivers as to where they should be driving. This however has little or no impact on people. When you get into your four wheels and behind that steering wheel, consider the roads as a massive bumper car track, where the aim is to avoid all the cars around you at any means necessary but when you do hit someone or someone hits your car; It’s always going to be ‘Malish’ (I think it means, don’t worry).

A road that has three lanes can soon enough turn into six unmarked lanes. It becomes the survival of the fittest. No concept of fast lane or  slow lane. It’s the case where If you feel like driving like a snail in the fast lane, who is everybody else to tell me what to do.

The sad part is that the driving affects you. I end up driving without seeing the lanes and maneuver according to where I want to go and at the speed I want to drive at. I know it’s my bad.

I say make sure all three of your mirrors are working and use them every other second. You never know who might be popping up from any side of the road. Just stay focused and keep driving straight as possible.

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2 thoughts on “D.I.E – No Lanes

    Londoneya said:
    March 21, 2010 at 6:41 AM

    Yep, that is a very fitting acronym for driving in Egypt. Every week I listen to Egyptian talk shows and Egyptians complain about the driving system (or lack of it) but that’s all it is – just talk, no action. Some drivers don’t have mirrors to use!! I think it’s so careless and I wish they’d adopt some laws like the UK.

      wasapnin said:
      March 21, 2010 at 1:46 PM

      Yeah, I have no idea how they drive without mirrors and on the other extreme, some drivers are mirror crazy and the inside of their car is full of mirrors.

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