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Ride Home Wreckage

I found myself driving home from a meeting during prime traffic time today, and it was all very mellow. Mellow until I got near my home, and saw a huge wreck by the side of the road. I don’t know how many times you need to turn over to land on the top with so much damage, but I think it must be a lot.

And on my other side is a man with his hazard lights on. I’m in the middle lane, there is traffic on the right, and this guy, in his late 50’s – 60’s maybe, on my left has his hazard lights on and is drifting all over the road. He moves into me suddenly, I quickly turn the wheel, so fast my rear wheels skid on the oil slick road and my rear end jumps, which sends bolts of adrenelin pumping through my system as I am trying to control my car, honk at him to say “pay attention” (zero reaction) and I try to stay out of the way of the guy on my left and not cause any problems for traffic on my right.

I honk again at the guy on the left, and honestly, this guy is so out of it, he is drifting three lanes across the road, my honk doesn’t even phase him. I don’t know if he is so sleepy he can’t control the car, he is on drugs or he is drunk out of his mind, but he just drifts from lane to lane with his hazard lights on – as if that is enough: “Hey, you guys, I have my hazard lights on – stay out of my way.” He wasn’t driving fast, just all over the road. It might have been comical if there wasn’t so much traffic.

Safely home, I intend to stay here!

October 9, 2007 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Ramadan

11 Comments »

  1. urrghh… people & driving!

    Comment by chikapappi | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. Salamat! :O
    That was awful. :/
    Good to know you’re okay.

    Comment by 3baid | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. No, really, I am worried about this man. Chikapappi, he was totally out of it. I looked at him, he wasn’t registering anything! He wasn’t sleeping, but he wasn’t . . . alert, wan’t even paying any attention, he was in his own world but driving all over the road, even though it was fairly slow. It wierded me out.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  4. 3baid, I know, thank God! Thank God traffic gave me enough leeway to stay out of his way! I hope he made it home safely without hurting anyone else.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  5. Yesterday a guy jumped a red light. And right across from him on the intersection was a cop.

    It took the cop a few seconds to realize that EVERYONE at the intersection was looking at HIM to react. Then he finally did, siren blaring and flashing lights he went after that dumbass. Excuse my french.

    Comment by Я | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  6. Sallamat mate…glad to know that you are ok!

    Comment by Amu | October 9, 2007 | Reply

  7. Salamat! I’m glad he didn’t hit you. Inshala he didn’t hurt anyone else. I really hope people learn to drive normally here, ya3ni we have enough accidents to teach people for a lifetime, but they still think they are invincible.

    Comment by Chirp | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  8. Я – At least he moved out! Hope he caught him. If the guy says “I am fasting” does he still get a ticket, or does he get a pass?

    Very scary. But drivers ignore a red light near me all the time, and sometimes honk at us loudly and continuously for stopping

    Thanks, Amu. I am fine, just a little disturbed.

    Thanks Chirp, and yes, I worried about others on the road, too. It was so WEIRD.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  9. Kuwait, land of idiotic drivers (and car owners 😛 )

    Comment by kinano | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  10. Glad you’re alright. Some ppl, tsk tsk. I can’t judge and say well he might have been in shock, something tragic might have happened to make him feel this way. BUT, he should be responsible for realizing the hazard he will be and stop doing what he was doing.

    Comment by N. | October 10, 2007 | Reply

  11. Kinan – LLooooLLLL – tell us how you really feel!

    N. I hadn’t thought of that, he might have been in emotional shock. He had his hazard lights on . . . I got the feeling he knew he wasn’t right, but it was just weird.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 11, 2007 | Reply


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