One of the things that I fear out here the most, is a car accident. Because most of the roads are fast, you are pretty much guaranteed to be shaken up pretty badly if you find yourself in a crash. Sadly, drivers out here do not help themselves - fast cars weave in and out of traffic. Forget the three second rule that we have in the UK, cars tailgate each other here, even at 100kph. Today for example, I was driving down the highway at about 100kph, looked in my mirror and saw a seriously fast car coming down the outside lane to my left. I travel on this road multiple times a day and I happen to know that 50 yards on from where I was driving, the lane disappears and merges . . . . . Fortunately, I was able to move out of the way and as the lane merged, he swerved in front of me, only to manoeuvre his car 2 more lanes to the right on to the hard shoulder as the traffic just wasn't moving fast enough to cater for his speed. He continued on the hard shoulder for a couple of seconds before swerving back out into the fast lane.
I spoke to Tim later and he said that a Mercedes driver nearly took his bumper off on a different highway . . . . apparently the motto is "when" you have a car accident, rather than "if" . . . . (can you see why we have big cars?!)
Yesterday was a really foggy day - Tim tells me that it gets foggy around this time of year and it was pretty bad - visibility was really low, but did this stop the bad driving? Not a chance - drivers drove as fast as ever . . . .
Whilst 99.9% of the time, I blame the driver, here's the strange thing - cars do not have rear fog lights over here . . . . it is remarkably odd. My car - a 2008 Ford - is imported from the US, and I have massive front fog lights on the front of the car, so it's not difficult for people to see me coming . . . . but they do not exist on the back, which leaves me a sitting target in reduced visibility. Tim's car is the same . . . .
Last night, the news was full of a 200 car pile up on the Dubai - Abu Dhabi road. 5 dead, 300-odd injured and 92 cars caught fire. Horrible, horrible, horrible.
Whilst I'm sure that everyone was driving both too fast and too close for the conditions, one has to ask . . . . surely fog lights on the back of cars should be mandatory out here?