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Driving ... in the other side of the world ;)

BOY1236

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I just found someones blog, I guess he is an American, living in Saudi Arabia for 11 years.

he talked a bit about driving, thought it was worth a share.


Expatriates driving in Saudi Arabia require special skills. Even if you are an experienced driver having an international driving license, you need to be street-alert while driving in the kingdom. If you are new to the kingdom, the first lesson is to unlearn whatever you have learnt elsewhere! For instance, theory states that whoever reaches a roundabout first has the first priority. In practice, the priority increases proportional to the size of your vehicle - i.e., Might is Right! Looks like the authorities are also fighting a losing battle, which is why you can find traffic lights even in roundabouts, particularly in places like Dammam. Amazing, isn't it?

Now for some practical tips on driving in Saudi Arabia :) Theory says that you don't move your car until the traffic lights turn green. In practice, you slowly inch towards the middle of the intersection even if the lights are red, virtually blocking half the traffic, and zip across as soon as the lights turn yellow for the traffic coming on some other road! Don't bother about the traffic behind you, what matters is that you have to be the first and ahead of all other cars! God help you, if you are racing ahead and the traffic lights suddenly turn yellow! Theory says that you overtake someone always from the left. In practice, you drive at 160 km/hour in the emergency lane, then race to the extreme left and again zigzag to the extreme right without any indication to the guy behind you. Who cares about road safety, you have a GMC and hence are the king of the road!
everything he said is 100% true :whistling

I talked about it once, and someone told me I'm s****ing him ... well here you go :p

this is his blog : Working in Saudi Arabia: Driving in Saudi Arabia
 

Hunter SS

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LOL!!!!! sounds like driving on the M1 in Qld!! :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
 

Morton

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i love the m1
 

Hunter SS

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i love the m1
the M1 is great!! it's some of the people that use it that is the problem :bang:

They need more motorways that wide down here..... they would just need to educate people on lane changes hehe
 

danja

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I just found someones blog, I guess he is an American, living in Saudi Arabia for 11 years.

he talked a bit about driving, thought it was worth a share.

everything he said is 100% true :whistling

I talked about it once, and someone told me I'm s****ing him ... well here you go :p

this is his blog : Working in Saudi Arabia: Driving in Saudi Arabia
What's the average lifespan in your country?
 
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