Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The unexpected traffic and KL drivers

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It is always been a sound idea to go for an outstation trip a week or so after a major holidays. The last thing I want to do on a holiday is to waste time and risk myself in heavy traffic jams on the highway. So, when the long break during Chinese New Year came, we were holed up in our house and only made short distance driving

So when I decided to go to Taiping a week after the long break, I had expected an almost traffic free lanes on the highway and I was right. The traffic on the highway was almost sparse and the police checkpoints were, well I would say unattended (there was less cars to be watched anyway).

A clear traffic on the highway meant 2 things – either the mad crowd is back to the cities after a long holiday or is still terrorizing the small towns & villages via extended holiday. So, when I reached Taiping, the traffic was still high which meant the city crowd was still here with an extended holidays. The thought of a pleasant driving in Taiping was diminishing fast.

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It is very (I must stress the word “very” here) rare to find traffic jam in Taiping – last week was an exception. Most cars from KL and Selangor jammed the road. Take note of the car in front of me (WHJ 8033) – the driver demonstrated how a typical KL driver would act on the road (see picture below to see what I mean)

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Idiots come in all shapes and sizes. This lady driver casually parked the car with its backside sticking out to the main lane like a sore thumb and walks off to a shop nearby. The best part was that the area she parked is not really a parking lot but rather it is the lane turning to the left. Only idiots from the Klang Valley can display such act of arrogant parking on the main road and not being bothered with other road users, sigh.

When I noted that as at Saturday night, the traffic was still heavy with cars from the Klang Valley making the bulk of the cars in the town, I knew that it will be a mad rush back to KL on Sunday. My strategy was to leave to KL immediately after breakfast, hoping that the bulk of the crowd to be leaving only after lunch (ya, I was counting on Malaysians’ attitude to do things the last minute and you know what, it works).

Thankfully, the journey back home was pleasant as well although there were more cars on the road compared the day when I traveled to Taiping. Occasionally there was traffic jam when some express buses were trying overtaking several trucks uphill (when they will ever learn?).
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(Filed under Del.icio.us Tag: Driving Skills)
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