Tips from a reader on how to spot a bad driver

7 Days in Dubai - - PUZZLES -

After driv­ing in the UAE for the last eight years I have de­ter­mined there is a re­la­tion­ship be­tween the type of car and the driv­ing be­hav­iour of its owner. If one looks at the semi-crazed stan­dards of driv­ing on our roads, es­pe­cially at night, there is a re­la­tion­ship be­tween stan­dards and the num­ber of arte­facts sway­ing from the driver’s rear view mir­ror. The more beads and dec­o­ra­tions the worse the at­ten­tion to rules, speed lim­its, lane dis­ci­pline etc. A com­pound­ing con­tri­bu­tion to this cor­re­la­tion is the amount of win­dow tint and car colour. So, in sum­mary, a large white hand pol­ished SUV, with 80 per cent tint and the con­tents of a Christ­mas tree sway­ing from the rear-view mir­ror should be well avoided at night – a fact proven yet again to me last week on Jumeirah beach road in a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence. It could also be mused that these prized doyens of our roads are noc­tur­nal, only show­ing them­selves at sun­down to graze along the fast food and cof­fee joints of Jumeirah. Belinda Dubai We were very touched by the kind­ness of ev­ery­one who stopped to help. Thanks very much. Sue Ful­ham Dubai

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