Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8085 times:
State your reasons, too. In no particular order:
Houston, TX. Every lane is the fast lane and fast means at least 10 mph over the speed limit.
Sao Paulo, Brazil. The word "rush hour" has lost its meaning. Every hour is rush hour and the city is an eternal traffic jam.
Why is Bucharest so bad?
Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1540 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8081 times:
The streets are narrow, too many cars for "post-communist" era. City planners were not expecting so many people would own a car. There's no respect or public curtesy. People will literally push you out of the way if you go too slow.
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ArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1291 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8055 times:
Try Beijing and other Chinese growing metropoles
Until 10 years ago practically nobody had a car and traffic was mostly by foot or bicycle, these days they are building ringroad after ringroad around the greater Beijing area and the whole system is infested by crappy cars with even worse drivers.
They have practically no idea what traffic rules are and the ones they know they usually don't follow.
Crossing a busy intersection is an adventure and one of the most dangerous job's in the country is traffic cop in the big cities.
4 years ago when I was working there (Hairun suburb) on a project for one of our big customers we decided to go and sit in a local hotel iso a bigger (western more luxurious) hotel in the center of the city, the main reason we decided to do this was because every day we witnessed some horrendous accidents and to shorten the trip and as such make it more safe we decided to stay in the smaller hotel.
Everything worked out fine the first 2 weeks but at that point our luck ran out when we (in a small Suzuki/isuzu taxi van) where involved in crash with a truck, the results where terrible; our (only 23 year old) electrician died as did the driver from our taxi, My colleague spend 6 months in rehab and I was in hospital for 11 months in total and had to learn to walk again (with a 3 yr rehab).
My company's insurance company showed us the unofficial traffic statistics (accidents, deaths, seriously injured, etc..) and I must say it reads as a horror novel.
In my former career as a service technician I can safely say that I saw most parts of the world and even without the accident I have to state that China takes the cake in the dangerous traffic section (although my colleague told me also some horrific story's about India and Thailand).
IberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 578 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7954 times:
From what I've seen:
Cairo: No traffic lights are working in this huge city, and if they work, drivers don't care. Lack of enforcement of traffic rules, everyone drives like crazy...and you know what, I haven't seen a single accident!
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4531 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7948 times:
Los Angeles has been my home for the last 7 years and I can say that there is just about nothing in this world that drives me crazy as having to sit through LA traffic.
Now that said...Los Angeles traffic really isn't THAT bad. At least there are lanes and people generally stay in them. It is not difficult to drive in traffic, nor is it particularly nervewracking, it is just boring and tiresome. What makes it particularly difficult is the long distances involved.
I have also driven in a number of other cities like Beirut for instance, where driving laws don't exist, but there is a different way of driving in Lebanon and while you do have traffic jams, you're never in them for three hours.
Aleppo, Syria is reputed to be pretty bad, but in my experience the Syrians in Damascus at least stop at traffic lights, which is more than can be said for the Lebanese at times.
I haven't driven in Cairo but that looked like an absolute disaster!
Alias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2929 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7922 times:
Quoting Texan (Reply 19): Houston - 10 is under construction and only 3 lanes in each direction leading from Katy to 610. 610 does not move. Ever. Neither does 45 north of downtown
I'd agree that 610 is a disaster. The road signs piss me off too. The signs in Houston are usually either incorrect or not there at all. I especially love the merge between I-10 East and Beltway 8 on the East side of town. They merged a lane from I-10 with a lane entering from Beltway 8 and didn't even put up a sign to warn you . Suddenly another car appears right next to you, and you have to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
Oh, London has some really nasty traffic too.
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