Driving in Saudi March 17, 2007Posted by Aella in Al Khobar, Beirut, Culture, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia.
The traffic situation in this country is really terrible from what I hear and see. The accident rates are really high and people die on a daily basis on the road. The first impression when you get here coming from Beirut as I did, is that the roads are nicer and the traffic less. Therefore I assumed the traffic would be better here than in Lebanon. Wrong. The Lebanese drivers might seem like kamikazes but they are much more skilled than the average driver here in Khobar. And I am not saying the average Saudi driver since this country is full of people of other nationalities (Pakistanis, Europeans,Bangladeshis,Indians, Americans, South Africans and so on).
There doesn’t seem to be any common rules or standars when driving here. If the motto in Beirut is “Drive it like it’s stolen” then the motto here is “Drive it ’til you kill someone”. Add to that the fact that no one seems to wear seatbelts and that people let their kids jump up and down in the car, cars are often overloaded with people, everyone has to drive as fast as they can and that even guys in tiny old cars think they are the king of the road.
What really annoys me is their carelessness for other people lives. Even their own childrens. I really can’t understand how they can let their kids sit in their laps in the front of the car or stand up in the back. Put seatbelts on them for Gods sake! And slow down grrrrrrrrrrr!