Sri Lanka Driving Tips – Don’t!
We thought we would share a personal blog from our Group MD, published while he was working on the ICC World T20 in Sri-Lanka
Heres the only lesson you need to know about driving in Sri Lanka.
Lets just say my life flashed before my eyes, so many times I’m contemplating suggesting legislation that all Sri Lankan car dashboards display an epilepsy wanring!
|Normal traffic patterns in Sri Lanka|
Lets just say that i think i know where the famous “Long and Winding Road” that the Beatles so eloquently penned actually is – and it is frankly more a Rammenstein death metal angry-shouty song, than the sweet children’s TV melody they delicately make it out to be …
Cowering under the dashboard, after the almost certain 45th head-on-collision I created 5 rules to live by (or remain alive by) when travelling in this glorious country.They are, in no particular order detailed below.
|Tuk Tuks are cool|
- Never, ever, look Out The Windscreen – I found surprising solace in watching the cars, vehicles and tuk-tuks that we had just missed, disappearing into the distance behind us POST potential accident. Looking out the front window all you see is the impending and potential incident that may occur.
- Never Distract Your Driver – I found ours was quite distracted enough by phone calls, animals, head-on collisions and as a distinct afterthought – actually driving … to worry about my inane tourist banter like “what is that growing there” and “can we stop at the next temple, i need a deity in my life”
- Use Tuk-Tuks – these small three wheelers are, in a weird, demented, “survival of the fittest” sort of way the most reliable and quickest way to cover small distances as they nimbly fit around, alongside and occasionally under most obstructions.
- Stop Stressing – in much the same way that i feel, many of the passengers on the Titanic at some stage stopped worrying about James Camerons’ camera crew and just thought “oh-fuggit”…you need to adopt much the same approach to any journey on the sub continent. Clenching your butt cheeks, or biting the dashboard indeed offer comfort, but supply no practical change to the outcome of the Video Game playing itself out through the windscreen. The sooner you reconcile the fact that you are simply along for the ride, the better.
- Enjoy the Ride – Life is indeed a journey and occasionally, just once in a while the ride IS the journey!