ON DRIVING

“Beep, beep, BEEEP, BEEEEEP”.

The traffic lights had turned green a millisecond ago and I hadn’t floored the accelerator immediately so the man (I assume it was a man, the front windscreen was so tinted I couldn’t see in) behind was letting me know how much inconvenience I was causing him.

I accelerated away, with him maintaining a minuscule gap between our vehicles, but had to slow down 200m later as the next set of lights turned red. Three minutes later I once again missed the “B” of the bang and was rewarded with another prolonged honking of the horn.

Thankfully shortly after this there was room for me to move over to another lane, allowing him to hurtle past, only to have to slam his brakes on straight away to stop ploughing into the next car that was daring to block his progress.

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MIRROR, SIGNAL, MANOUVERE

“Remember: mirror, signal, manouvere”.

They’re having a traffic safety campaign during Ramadan here in the UAE. There are regular slots on the radio where they remind us how to drive, with the help of experts who sagely advise us not to brake too hard because the person who is driving right up our back bumper may crash into us (never mind that they shouldn’t be so close to us in the first place).

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