I saw a program the other night called "Don't Drive Here." This particular program featured Delhi, India as their city of example. The program dealt with the host first riding in a car or truck with various drivers, getting instruction from them, then taking a driving class from a local and finally getting a local license.
Now the key for driving in India was to NOT do shoulder checks... no looking back. The host rode with and drove with a taxi driver first and the taxi driver continued to chastise the host for looking over his shoulder. Apparently the taxi only had one mirror left.Younghusband, who's become an expert on terrible Canadian drivers, is about to experience disastrous driving on an epic, global scale. But this time, he's not coaching the worst-of-the worse from the sidelines. Now, Younghusband buckles up (when possible) and shifts into gear to learn the local road "rules." Under pressure and on camera, Younghusband's own skills are put to the test in the heart of each new pulsing metropolis: New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Manila, Philippines; Mexico City, Mexico; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Lima, Peru
The host went on and drove another car and a truck, and all the while he was told to not look back, that those behind him had responsibility to avoid him, and they would drive the appropriate speed to ensure that they did not collide. The host also drove a small three wheel cart... and again "don't look back."Younghusband discovers that in India, lane driving is seen as an odd "Western" thing to do.
Finally the host, Andrew Younghusband takes a driving lesson from a local instructor... and he is told that the keys to driving in India are "don't look back," don't hit anything in front," and ignore the mirrors (which were missing anyway). He is also told to do a quick signal with his right arm and a quick honk when moving laterally, although in one of the vehicles the horn is broken.
Ultimately he takes a local driving test. Again he is told to signal and the test itself is terribly easy... just a quick round in a parking lot. Apparently bicycle and scooter driver deaths are quite common, and indeed one is cautioned to avoid hitting a cow as it is "worse than death."
Now this sort of driving is what I would call "organic," not exactly "vehicular," at least as we see "vehicular" in the US. The rules are very loose, and I have seen similar type driving in China and Vietnam. Don't hit what is in front of you, but pay no attention to those behind you. "they are in the past..."
Just thought I would present this as an alternative as that used in some parts of the world, to "vehicular driving," or strict rules driving... the latter of could which only works when people do actually adhere to the rules.