Friday, December 6, 2013

Driving me crazy

I have previously written about my passive road-rage issue and this time I am going to rant about the active part of my road-rage problem. The active part really comes into play especially between 07:30 – 09:00hrs and then 16:00-17:30hrs.

On many occasions I’ve experienced near accident situations. However there was a particular incident which really agitated me. On a beautiful evening on my way to pick up Smera, I almost saved myself from colliding into a car, thankfully I had enough space between me and the next car to apply sudden brake and hazards.

Some random guy was tailgating another car while he is on the phone crashes on Sheikh Zayad Road roughly about 16:15pm. That’s not it along with it two other cars are smashed. I was fourth one in line and luckily even at 110Km/hr could safely slam the brakes without colliding into the crash. But the sight was devastating to see as two of the three cars were completely damaged.

It’s a usual thing here especially at peak time, but it frustrates me that if you are not worried about your own life, at least think about others lives.  I stopped and got out pull the person out of the third car as I could see smoke coming out of the vehicle, a few other people stopped by to help.

The lady in the third car, feeling shocked and hurt, her first question upon getting out of the car was, “Are there any kids in other cars?”. Not worrying about her injury, she was more worried about others in the crash.  Accidents are bound to happen, they cannot stop but one can help minimise it.



My husband works in the insurance field and being in the motor insurance field, I get hear awful stories of people and sometimes even an earful for being a little rash. I am not claiming to be the best driver in the world, but just imagine, I was on my way to pick up my daughter and if I too had crashed then she would have been stuck crying wondering where her mum was.

By all means drive fast in Dubai, the roads are good and you can speed up too but just use little basics:

  • Leave enough gap between you and the car ahead of you.
  • Tailgating a big no-no, that’s just plain rude!
  • Use the wonderful device called indicators while changing lanes
  • Please buckle up your kids
  • Should you feel the need to sudden brake please use hazard lights
  • Lastly don’t use indicators to change lanes with hazard light on, it does NOT help.


I leave you with a few stories from the newspapers here in UAE, maybe you can understand my frustration:




14 comments:

  1. Nice informative Post, Sangeeta.
    The Basics you have mentioned have worldwide validity... We all need to be safe-drivers. Extra-safe for our kids. They need us. Accidents are sad. But, at least we can try to prevent them by adopting safety means...

    I have tagged you in my Post- http://anitaexplorer.blogspot.in/2013/12/pass-parcel.html. Do let me know when you respond!

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    1. I know Anita .. such an easy thing yet we cannot get it right !

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  2. Today a guy was just slothing in front of my bike for quite a long time! He created a good amount of conjunction in the road due to his slow driving, and not allowing anyone to overtake him. The reason was that he was talking on phone!

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    1. Maybe cars should come with mobile jammers technology .. stop the car and get out and to make that all so imp call :D

      P.S. - I should patent this idea :D

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  3. All of us need to observe safety rules and traffic rules. why make life more complicated and stressful? Good pointers Sangeeta!

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    1. True Ilakshee !! thanks for stopping by

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  4. Our car got rammed into when it was parked in a parking lot yesterday! the rear is completely damaged and the driver who caused it has not bothered leaving a note or anything, just took off.. while thankfully noone was hurt, it is despicable when one things of the road behaviour you see nowadays.

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    1. Oh god lord !! Hope your car was insured seeta .. by the way were there no CCTV cameras?

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  5. And this in a place where you dont get driving license so easily. In India you dont even need to attend a test to get one. You just sit at home and make some phone calls. Hence the accidents . What to do it happens everywhere and only God can save us from road mishaps.

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  6. Absolutely Anita !! Guess that's the reason why it's so difficult to get a license .. I can understand people love cars and are passionate about all the biggies available but what's the point if you don't have a life to enjoy ?

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  7. Useful tips and wonderful deed by you in helping the occupants of other cars....

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  8. traffic here where i live is chaotic,nobody knows the rules,it is all- me first.

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  9. I know its insane and frustrating man! I discourage all my frnds from talking on the phone while driving irrespective using earphones or blue-tooth device..I disconnect the call on my own the very moment I come to know they are driving. Road rage is bothersome but thats an outcome of nuisance caused by others! Bad!

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