Blowing Stop Signs in Qatar
Over the past months I have been sticking to my North American driving standards, using signal lights, staying my distance behind the car in front( with my eye in the rear view mirrow prepared to shut down the car behind who wants to transgress this sacred space), keeping my lanes in RAs, all this time hand firmly close to horn button.I have learned to live with the guys who want to go ahead and flash their lights( unless I plan to take the next left etc), also I seem to have come to an understanding that most of these drivers have some driving skills. I am courteous to local drivers and let them in, especially those who use their signal lights., in return I always get a courteous gesture.
However today I decided to bring attention to what I consider one of the major issues with driving in Qatar, drivers that are not from Europe,North America and local. Perhaps I have missed some in this list, but again we are talking in general terms.
Todays incident, and as usual, involves drivers from areas not listed above.While pulling into my local Al Meera parking lot I was forced to stop by two cars driving through a STOP sign in the parking lot.The first driver drove on, but I happened,just happened to park next to the second one.I did blow my horn to both cars, so the second driver was a bit tepid getting out of his car, however I got out and waited by the stop sign. When he came by I pointed to the sign. His first reaction was looking for a UFO. Once he reaized what I was pointing at and understod it was a stop sign, he referred to the first car and said what about him. I told him to watch the STOP signs and not the car in front.
Last month it was a guy who almost sideswiped me from the right hand side after my signal to turn right was on for about 10 seconds...his excuse was if he stopped the car behind would run into him.
I can imagine it would be very time consuming to put everyone through a drivers test who comes to work in Qatar, and if they did, it may be hard to break the learned helplessness that goes on in Countries that are very overcrowed, have few rules,are all over the road vying for spots to launch their cars into, but a big issue here are the ones who do the exact opposite of what a good driver is supposed to do.
My wife has had similar experiences and several times has been hit from behind because she exercises caution. All of the infractors were driving white,half ton work trucks.
Lastly one evenig while driving my motorcycle to the local corner store another "driver" in a BMW he did not own was bring the wife and family of his employer home and blew a stop sign almost hitting me, if I was actually going the speed limit, I would have hit the BMW on the side.I followed him and made an issue. He was unresponsive to why he did that and while I felt like explaining to the local woman that his actions could have put her and her family at risk, I let it go.Next time I don't think I will, because the women probably wan't watching what he was doing and may not have understood.
I know fatal accidents are an issue, and many are caused by issues other than I mention, but for my 2 cents worth, I would start at the grassroots level and nail the populace that gives me grief.
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