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Should we be surprised by the bad driving in Thailand?


Should we be surprised by the bad driving in Thailand?

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From a beaming warm smile and wai to sheer aggression and anger; the polarisation could not be more stark when you look at how Thai people change once they get behind the steering wheel of their cars. When I first started driving in Thailand I had to learn the unwritten rules of the road fast, if not it would only have led to an accident pretty quickly.

Thai people are known as a peaceful loving nationality, but this perception is ripped to sheds after you start driving in Thailand. It is no wonder Thai roads are officially the most dangerous in the world. In a 2017 report, released by the World Atlas website, it says there is more chance of people being killed on Thailand’s road than on the roads in places like Malawi, Iran, Rwanda and Lesotho. This is all down to those supposedly peaceful, fun loving Thais driving on the roads, well think again as all is not what it seems.

The BBC described driving on a Thai expressway is akin to playing a hyper-caffeinated video game.


Thailand is not all sunshine and smiles

This aggressive driving in many ways reveals the uglier underbelly to Thai society that can be missed by the casual traveler. Take another metric, deaths by gun. According to there are 3.48 deaths per 100,000 people in Thailand, which is just under that of the States. It has the highest death rate by guns in Asia, followed by Sri Lanka with 2.79 gun deaths per 100,000, Cambodia with 1.58 and Myanmar with 1.10.

There is indeed a darker side to Thailand. So, maybe we should not be so shocked by their appalling and dangerous driving?

What you need to know when driving in Thailand

In Europe when a car flashes their lights to you it, as an unwritten rule, means they will give way to you and that you can proceed. In Thailand it means get out of the way as they are coming through, no matter what, they will certainly not slow down ‘just in case’.

With traffic lights, cars and motorbikes will always jump the red lights. The stop line is always crossed for vehicles waiting. Motorbikes will cut in front of you as soon as you start moving away from the lights when they have changed to green.

On a main road with, say, three lanes; when turning right in the correct right hand lane, cars will also


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