From your perspective which country has the most vehicles on the road and where are the world's worst driver's? Do you have a story to tell?
Egypt... Cairo is just nuts and have heard a few stories but for the first 20 minutes I was visiting I watched two crashes (one car buring).
India is also pretty intense but still think Egypt takes the cake.
Haven't made it to Cairo yet....
Ho Chi Minh city can be crazy in parts of the city.
We thought some intersections in KL were challenging when trying to cross the street as a pedestrian.
In Amsterdam, you really needed to pay attention where you were walking because of all the bicycles. We almost got taken out a couple of times.
Have to agree with Ho Chi Minh city traffic is insane...
Cambodian traffic while it seems chaotic actually works in its own cambodian way.
Papua New Guinea - drivers are ... usually armed, quite often firing at other PMV drivers while driving, police roadblocks are often actually police roadblocks operated by Raskol gangs working with the police so you dont stop after dark at a road block and if you have an accident, pray you are not alone because you will be robbed or raped or worse and left for dead in many cases. These reasons are why I use a PSA in PNG.
Vietnam definitely has crazy drivers - we were on a tour to a temple in Hoi An and people were gasping and shrieking with how the bus driver was driving...us? fast asleep with our ipod on! Crossing the road and playing chicken was not fun in Hanoi and HCMC but was something we got used to!
All of Asia has crazy drivers, but as Cindy says, their system seems to work in it's own chaotic way and there doesn't seem to be many crashes. We were just discussing the other day if we ever have to drive in the UK again, we feel very sorry for the other drivers on the road, as we think we have definitely picked up bad habits from observing Asian drivers over the last 5 years - think undertaking, driving in the imaginary middle lane and pulling out really slowly in front of other drivers!
It's only really when other people mention the crazy driving that we notice it now...a bad sign really that we are used to it!
I frequently drive into HCMC on my moped and each time, I find the experience nothing but exhilarating. While the traffic may seem like the chariot race straight out of Ben Hur for the uninitiated, there is actually a logic to driving here and if you live here long enough you will actually become unconsciously acquainted with 'the rules'. Of course, I still curse and swear when I get cut up and throw a wobbly when someone pulls out in front of me without looking, but that's all part of the fun....isn't it?
I find Indian traffic to be quite tame in comparison. While heavy, the traffic hardly moves, especially in the heart of cities like Mumbai or New Delhi. The Nepali bus drivers did contribute towards me soiling a few pairs of strides and Egypt was quite a shock, especially when taxi drivers use the horn at junctions instead of the brakes.
If I had to vote, I would say that British drivers are probably the worst. Who else would get out of their car and give someone a good slap, beat them half to death or even carve them up just for the sake of a minor transgression? People here in Asia are simply too laid back to give a damn and that's what makes driving here such an enjoyable experience 😊
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Drivers in Iraq dont seem to know/care which lane they should be in. Drivers in Dubai pack as many cars into a space on the highway as will fit. But I love my crazy ass gun totting American "I will shoot you for cutting me off" drivers. You cant beat a driver shooting another driver for stopping on a yield light. Nothing tops that kind of crazy.
Cairo would also be my number 1. Been there twice. I think it is much worse than anywhere I have been in Vietnam and India. Cannot comment about PNG or Iraq.
Before i visited Vietnam, i would have said Manila. But upon experiencing HCM traffic, I've got to say Manila drivers are tame!
So far it looks like there are
Cairo drivers 3 mentions
Ho Chi Minh City drivers 3 mentions
Amsterdam drivers 1 mention
Papau New Guinea drivers 1 mention
Hoi An drivers 1 mention
Hanoi drivers 1 mention
Mumba idrivers 1 mention
New Delhi drivers 1 mention
British drivers 1 mention
Iraq drivers 1 mention
Dubai drivers 1 mention
American drivers 1 mention
Manila drivers 1 mention
Any one else care to add a comment
I haven't been in Asia for a few years so things are no doubt a little different, but as someone else said, it seemed like organised chaos.
More recently I was in Buenos Aires, and from a pedestrian's perspective, these people were nuts!
I'm laughing because that is how we felt in Amsterdam with the bicycles. It is sort of move or get run over.
German drivers. Everybody seems to think of Germans as good drivers, but they lack common sense and courtesy. When they drive on the Autobahn, their most basic instincts are activated, it's survival of the fastest, and might makes right. If they got a Mercedes, BMW or Audi, you better get out of their way, or you'll be bullied off the road. There's no road without road rage.
I actually admire Asian drivers in that they seem to be so detached from everything. They are not very confrontational, if they started screaming at each other like German/Western drivers, everybody involved would lose face. Better only to care what's in front of you, use your brakes and horn a lot, but not let it get to you so much.
It has to be India!! Cars, bicycles, rickshaws, trucks, scooters, motorcycles, cows, goats, elephants, water buffalo, people, potholes, debris, construction, & you name it. They all share the same roads. 😊
I heard India is Intense... personally for me, the Philippines. Barley any stop lights, signals are non-existent and people really don't care about the lines on the road... when they are there. Also traffic can be really crazy at times.