Western driv­ers need to prac­tise what they learnt

7 Days in Dubai - - WELLBEING -

I have seen a num­ber of let­ters about dan­ger­ous driv­ing and in­con­sid­er­ate park­ing, and this let­ter is a con­tin­u­a­tion of such a crit­i­cally im­por­tant topic. I would like to ref­er­ence a group of peo­ple who are guests here from coun­tries with very spe­cific and very puni­tive driv­ing laws, mainly Western ex­pats. As a mem­ber of this group I learned to drive cor­rectly, ob­serv­ing crit­i­cal tenets of road safety in­clud­ing speed lim­its, lane dis­ci­pline, sig­nalling, ad­e­quate brak­ing dis­tance sep­a­ra­tion and most of all, pay­ing at­ten­tion to the road whilst driv­ing. As Western ex­pats we clearly should know bet­ter, yet daily I wit­ness clear ex­am­ples of how our driv­ing has de­scended to the murky depth of the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor of third world stan­dards. Its only by ex­am­ple we lead and raise th­ese stan­dards – we have some of the finest road in­fra­struc­ture in the world so please all let’s try and be an ex­am­ple of how driv­ing cor­rectly should be un­der­taken. One would never know, it may just rub-off on other mo­torists who daily en­dan­ger our lives here and even­tu­ally re­duce ac­ci­dents and fatal­i­ties! An­abel UAE

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