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Riding In INDIA - AMAZING!!!!

If you thought traffic is crazy where you live, watch this and imagine riding in India! Been there five times...it's accurate and AMAZING!

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That actually works pretty well when you think about it. No one is speeding (I can go faster than you), no one is getting upset (you are in my space) and they are all sharing the road like we were taught in kindergarten.

It is much the same way with pure pedestrian traffic, add a vehicle in the US and we all become maniacs. Too bad it would not work here. And they call them third world countries, we could learn from them.

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In actuality, that is pretty sane. I've seen worse and ridden in worse while in Bangalore, India. Just ask jackd about Mr Toad's Wild Ride when we were there in 2001.

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dang!!!! NO lanes...NO signals....And amazingly...NO wrecks !!!!

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dang!!!! NO lanes...NO signals....And amazingly...NO wrecks !!!!
Not so lucky in China. Watched a newz clip the other mornin' about the traffic in China. Seems there are no 'rules of the road' - just whomever is the biggest!! I wuz intent on watching all the recorded mayhem, I missed the talking head saying sumpthin' like 600 deaths a *week* (or maybe a month) and most of 'em were simply two vehicles approaching an intersection at 90 degrees and neither one of 'em gives right-of-way --- so prang, there goes a M/C slambammin' the side of a truck, with neither slowing down until impact.

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For a look at some real traffic mayhem, find a video clip taken of traffic on a street corner in a city in Vietnam. Similar to what you have posted from India but much heavier traffic. Total chaos... yet no crashes!

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Itīs the same in large towns and cities in Morocco.

I think the reason there are so few or no crashes is because everybody is looking everywhere and nobody assumes anything, therefore the driving "standards" are probably higher than in the "western" world.

Italy is another example. Everybody drives with their foot hard on the floor, and if you canīt or donīt then you stay at home or catch a bus.
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If you thought traffic is crazy where you live, watch this and imagine riding in India! Been there five times...it's accurate and AMAZING!
Watching the video reminds me of driving in TJ or Manila.

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The one thing that became obvious to me--when I spent a week in India, none of the cars had mirrors sticking out on the doors but you could see where they used to be, before it was broken off. In New Delhi, morning and evening trafic, cars were 5 wide on a 3 lane road--practically touching each other. Nerve wrecking but somehow they all got by.
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Absolutely Insane. I would never survive those roads.

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In actuality, that is pretty sane. I've seen worse and ridden in worse while in Bangalore, India. Just ask jackd about Mr Toad's Wild Ride when we were there in 2001.
If I remember correctly I repeated 'We are going to die..!' a few times. Its funny know but it wasn't then..

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Problem here

I see the problem, they are driving on the wrong side of the road!

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Put that video to some ballarina music..

Having been all over Latin America and some in the middle east, I have really seen some crazy driving. One thing i have noticed for the most part is the vehicles aren't all smashed up.

The Taxis drive like an out of control road race, yet the vehicle body doesn't show as having contact with the other "racers".

The "round-a-bouts" in the Middle East were absolute crazyness in trying to get in, circle around ,exit on the correct lane.

Managua, Nicaragua was the worse ! In fact that brings me to my thought. In a lot of these places if you have an accident you have to wait until the police show up. Latin America and the Middle East were both like that.

In Managua, that could take 6-8 hours, easily. We passed by an accident in a busy intersection at approx 8AM and it was still there at 5:30PM that day. They couldn't even move the cars until the cops show up.

We had a minor side scrape with a bus in Managua and once the driver saw we were Americans, he tried to extort $50.00 for our broken side light.

Yea, you read that correctly. We smashed a side light on our vehicle and he tried to say it was from his ( it didn't even match his bus) We sat on the curb and told him we would wait. Once he realized how much he would lose in bus fares waiting, he took our offer of $5.00 and left.

Managua was the only place I refused to drive. (OK..I did drive down a small side road to a fire station just to say I drove there. )

I just think they are more careful because the consequences are more severe.

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Traffic lights? We don't need no steenking traffic lights! Could this be the cure for road rage in the USA?

Amazing how well it actually flows.... in all that chaos there is some type of order. Everyone seems to get along pretty well, although I am sure there is plenty of high pitched shouting going on at street level:

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Arc D'Triumph in Paris is the most amazing piece of traffic science I've ever seen. A roundabout about 6 lanes wide, no markings, and about 6-8 intersecting streets. When I visited it was a Sunday and the traffic was light and fast. Two police cars were parked on the inside of the loop waiting for the crash. Here's a video where the traffic was heavier and slower (and probably safer) than what I witnessed. Pedestrian crossings are via tunnels under the streets.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BliGIPQ_KHc
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Traffic lights? We don't need no steenking traffic lights! Could this be the cure for road rage in the USA?
The traffic lights in Bangalore India were like the start of a road race here in the US. Once the light turned red the cars would stop! (Imagine that)..

If the road was two lanes in the traffic flow the cars and trucks would be moving to as far front as they could get and then the M/Cs, pedal taxis, Oxen carts and bicycles fill in every conceivable spot and they move in unison when the light turns green. In the heavy congested intersections they had two or more traffic 'helpers' (people in uniform) keeping everyone from entering the intersection.. until the light was green.

In the US the traffic helpers would have to be packing heavy duty side arms for their own protection!.

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