The traffic is insane. Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is simplified as “survival of the fittest” in
popular culture, is completely true in this situation. Vehicular traffic is governed by the rule of “the
bigger car has right of way”. Also: the car has a right of way to a scooter. The scooter has right
of way to a pedestrian. Even on the walkway. Headlights -just as on racing cars- are purely
ornamental on scooters. And many of them are electric, therefore completely silent on the top of
this. These stealth doomsday scooters are quite dangerous when you are out for a walk, because they can
come from literally anywhere.
What really surprised me, though is that even though the drivers treat the traffic rules like pirates
treat the pirate code, there are no fatal accidents at every crossings. (Which is not to say there
are no accidents…) Since everyone expects the crazies shit from their fellow drivers, and more
importantly, nobody drives with anger, it all seems to work out. They wait while you do a U turn in
a 3 lane road; they wait until you find a parking lot, and they don’t shake their fists when you cut in
front of them. The only thing they do is the constant sounding of their horns to advertise their
presence. All these factors together might be the reasons why I did not see terrible, hundred car pile
ups with massive casualties at every mile while I was there. Perhaps drivers back home
(mother, I’m looking at you) could learn from this attitude.