That happened when Chob posted something a little off topic about rats and I replied to that. Then, Cilla replied to that about killing cats and off it went. Now, JC mentions a gun thread at Patong hill... and so it goes in most conversations.Moo Uaon;243565 said:how did we end up with guns,knives and trophy kills on here? hmm* 55
Expect the unexpected. That is how you have survived the number of years that you have, Lew.Moo Uaon;243611 said:i always slow at them and treat the person waiting as someone that will turn just at that wrong moment.
Very good lesson, Rak. That is part of the proper training that Thais never get to experience... #1 on my list.RakThai;243740 said:Driving with Gaed I expressed my displeasure with the scooter drivers "hanging" somewhere in my dead angle..
She had no idea what I was talking about... As many Thais, they drive motorcycles, Gaed even has a licence for that, but have no clue about cars...
So while parking I put her in the drivers seat and tell her to watch the road ahead, and watch me in the mirrors...
I then just walk around the car and stop in the dead angles, to which she starts confusingly looking around her... 55
Pop up at her door (bending low) and open it... "Where did you go? I see you and then you gone.." 555
justcruzing1;244084 said:I reckon everyone should be made to spend 20-30hrs in a heavy truck as part of their drivers test.
Having driven a concrete truck that with a full load was 22 ton, you would not believe the idiot's that jump in front of you as your trying to break up to lights etc. Hit the horn and they flick you the bird ...Grrrrrrr
These things don't stop on a dime!!!
Ian Forbes;243606 said:That happened when Chob posted something a little off topic about rats and I replied to that. Then, Cilla replied to that about killing cats and off it went. Now, JC mentions a gun thread at Patong hill... and so it goes in most conversations.
But, back on topic, I think there are many factors that lead to a high accident rate and a lot of fatalities in Thailand. Most have already been mentioned:
1. Lack of proper training... if any training at all
2. Thais believing that their faith in Buddha will take care of them. That, or it has all been predestined.
3. Lack of real enforcement of laws, except when the police need to collect some "tea" money.
4. Drinking and driving (or riding)
5. Passing on blind corners is the one that astounds me. I see it happen all the time and now I come to expect it. I also expect people in trucks and cars tailgating me at high speed on the highway when I have no where else to go except to pull off the road to let them take my place in the line.
6. Lack of proper maintenance of trucks, busses, cars and motorbikes. You those vehicles all the time.
7. Over loaded vehicles on mountain roads wobbling all over the road.
8. Drivers of pickup trucks who drive them like they did on motorbikes... weaving in and out of traffic at high speed and not making allowance for other vehicles doing the same thing.
I have a few pet peeves that irritate me all the time (#5 and #8) and most are done by those silver vans and private owners of pickup trucks.
Until the police take an active roll in actually patrolling the highways I don't think anything is going to change. Road blocks are a joke and used for one purpose only... to collect tea money.
Ian Forbes;243616 said:Expect the unexpected. That is how you have survived the number of years that you have, Lew.
Although all my accidents in Thailand were not really my fault, they might not have occurred had I expected the person to do something stupid... which they did. For that very reason alone I do not go around corners as fast as I could, or would like to. Too often I have met someone coming at me in my lane, or there is something stopped just around a corner and blocking the lane. Or, there is a portion of the road missing.
Dunno why people go on whinging so much about Thai roads and road users. They are what they are, and not likely to change any time soon. Be aware, for sure, but adapt and don't let it get to you.Chob;243732 said:Two days , two near misses
Im coming down the hill from Kathu , check the mirror and theres only a single white truck well off
Look up again and the truck is 30 metres off and closing rapidly
I indicate quick and pull over to the left and brake , very concerned hes lost his brakes
He rockets passed me maybe 20 metres , then reaches the last crest before the last steep bit and locks his wheels up - smoke starts to pour off of his tyres
I hit the crest , and cars are backed up and stopped in both lanes
I watch in disbelief as he slews left , then right , then out into the oncoming lane
He stops 8 cars down the line - luckily no one was coming up
The moron hadnt lost his breaks at all , he was freewheeling down the hill
He would have head on-ed anyone oncoming , or concertina-ed at least 8 cars
Pull out of Banzhaan carpark today
I wait patiently to cross traffic and go right
The (new ) lights on my left , for Soi Banzhaan , turn red , and a polite minibus sees that , and slows and waives me out
I come out gingerly , checking my left , mainly for red light running scooters , of which there are plenty around Patong
I hear my tg suck in breath , staring right
I look right and a motorbike riding Thai had decided to overtake everyone ( and cross dble yellow lines ) including the polite minibus , and is breaking Very heavily to miss us
I stop ( fearing that if I hurry and he has decided to go around my hood that I will collect him after all ) , and he manages to stop a meter from my door
No expression crosses his face
He returns to racing mode as soon as Im out of the way