Friday, February 29, 2008
Reference: Off the beaten track, Bangkok Post, Febrary 29, 2008
According to the Bangkok Post (Off the beaten track, Bangkok Post, Febrary 29, 2008) "Thai motorists have lousy driving habits and lack discipline. They display poor etiquette and are absolutely selfish. To cope with these motorists one must develop special skills and be prepared for every driver on the road to commit a traffic infraction at any moment". To this rather unkind assessment I would like to add that they also display a tendency to indulge in thrilling daredevil maneuvers. Among other things, the country needs a public education program to encourage defensive driving and to discourage superstitious practices such as wearing special road safety amulets, hanging holy flowers on the rear view mirror, and worshiping road safety deities. These pseudo religious practices give the devotees a sense of invulnerability and embolden them to take chances.