Ah, driving in India. Or at least riding in the back of taxis and
tuk-tuks. Once you get over the initial fear of the death, it's
really quite amazing. To be certain, it is an art form and talent
possessed by a billion people. To be even more certain, they make
Miami drivers look good. To be even more certain yet, it's better
than any roller coaster ride in the States.
If you were coming from the States, and felt the utterly insane urge
to take up the extreme sport of driving, you must first take every
rule of the road you ever learned and throw it out the window. Your
driver's license means nothing.
India driving is essentially demolition derby with only maybe three
percent of the demolition. Start off with the fact that the steering
wheel is on the right and you drive on the left. For us, this is no
longer an issue as we have had that in every country for the past
seven months. Fortunately for you, the new driver, having to drive
on the left here is really only a guideline, not the rule. If
traffic is getting too sticky, or the right run you want to make is
only a few hundred yards up the road, no problem! Just pull into
oncoming traffic and do whatever you want. Do not worry, most of the
time everyone will swerve at the last second.