Sunday, December 13, 2009

All Lebanese should go through the driver's test again and with no wasta

I only learned today that hazard lights (Lebanese refer to them as "flash light") should only be turned on when the car is stopped 'cause something wrong happened or there is an accident. Meaning if there is heavy rain and visibility is short, hazard lights should not be turned on. So when the other drivers see it, they know your car is not moving and can pass you over.

In Lebanon we use these lights when there is strong rain, which is apparently wrong to the standard. Yet in Lebanon we have a cognitive different understanding of these lights and it wouldn't cause us a problem like the guy said here.

Another common belief in Lebanon concerns when flashing your headlights in a repeated manner. It has two meanings:
1- if it's being done fast, it means that it's telling the other car to stop
2- if it's done once or twice, but slowly, it's telling you to pass. Really! This is Lebanon.

The purpose of this post is to honestly point out that we do not have a decent driver's license exam, we now have a test on the computer, but usually the guy, who's testing the applicant, does the test for him/her. Safety is over-rated apparently.

We still get our driver's license without doing an exam, do you know anyone who failed a driver's test in Lebanon?

Some people drive without licenses, and without properly learning how to drive and without anyone teaching them the importance of signals, and stopping at crossroads and high headlights being turned on which blinds the person coming from the opposite direction, the use of hazard lights. Actually in Lebanon many people don't know that they shouldn't only slow their cars when an ambulance is passing by (and we'd be lucky if they did do that), the cars are actually supposed to fully stop and allow pathway to the ambulance vehicle!

That is how much ignorance we bare in our knowledge concerning driving, there are really good drivers in Lebanon due to the fact that we still have chaos and it's important to be in control, however there is a lot of bad manners and a lot of misconception of rules.

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