Silly manoeuvres in nice cars

One of the first things you’ll notice if you visit Dubai is the high proportion of nice cars on the road. The second thing you’ll spot is that drivers do really silly things in their nice cars.

I know this happens all round the world, but for reasons I won’t go into, drivers in the UAE are more guilty than most of road stupidity. You only have to take a short drive in the early-morning, blanket fog we’re having at the moment to find out that some drivers don’t even put their headlights on.

Using her mirrors (we see this too!)

Using her mirrors (we see THIS too!)

And don’t get me started about the mums who march into their child’s classroom voicing all manner of finickity complaints about the way their beloved offspring are being taught, then drive all the way home without buckling their children up.

It does sometimes seem that the more luxurious the car, the lower the driver’s road IQ is. Take these examples: while waiting to make a U-turn, DH and I saw a woman in a BMW just ahead of us make the turn, then FORGET to straighten up. She continued in a circle and stranded her car on the central median, like a yacht run aground.

Then the other day, we watched a woman climb back into her Porsche SUV at the petrol station and drive off, with the hose still attached (clearly late for Pilates).

But today I saw a manoeuvre that beat both of these. Picture the scene: at BB’s school as you walk out, there’s a pedestrian crossing leading to the sand parking lot, manned by a guard.

I’m afraid to say it was a woman again, in a brand-new BMW with children in the back leaving the car park. In all her molecules of wisdom, she mistook the pedestrian crossing (with people on it) for – astoundingly – the car park exit and mounted the crossing in her car, no more than three yards from the school gate. The aghast-looking guard started waving his hands wildly and a mum started shouting.

“Are you crazy?” she yelled.

The driver wound down her tinted window. “Don’t swear at me,” she sniped back.

“But what you’re doing is insane,” the mum spat.

I wanted to stay to see whether she actually managed to exit the car park via the pedestrian crossing, but DH whisked us away so I’ll never know (she probably did!)

Road IQ: -46. And I bet she won’t learn, either!

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About Circles in the Sand

Sun worshiper, journalist, mother, pilot's wife and distracted housewife living in the land of glitz and sand
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5 Responses to Silly manoeuvres in nice cars

  1. In our time in Qatar, we used to see people driving with their small child sitting on their laps! Or sometimes there was a tv on the back window ledge of the car and they would be watching it through the rear view mirror!

    • Still happens – unfortunately. I don’t understand how people can think that their maid holding their baby in the car is safe. The good news is there’s some great campaigning going on to try to create awareness.

      • Let’s hope it makes a difference. There was some campaigning going on when I was there, but it was to do with speeding cars – they had displays of crashed cars on the sides of roundabouts, which probably caused more accidents as people were looking at them as they went round the roundabout!

  2. Sarah says:

    Happens in the UK too! Just before Christmas a woman failed to give way to me at a roundabout, mobile plastered to her ear, and I had to slam on my brakes to avoid a pre-Christmas car accident. She then had the audacity to say that you give way to the left, not the right. I don’t know what country she learned to drive in, but I’ve been giving way to traffic from my right since I was 17 and it’s served me well for 23 years! She was so sure she was right that I was speechless! X

    • What a muppet! Did she completely forget which country she was in?!!! Roundabouts are a constant source of road irritations here due to not everyone knowing how to use them! Always have to check there’s no-one orbiting all the way round on the outside before exiting. xx

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