Nobody walks in KL. They just don’t. Not even to the shop across the road. You drive, lah!
This post was written by a friend, let’s call her MamaK, soon after she arrived in KL with her family. I am guessing many of us can relate to this ‘driving in KL’ list written with a tongue in cheek! Have a great weekend and stay safe in the traffic!
Over the last four months we have seen many, many things that could only happen in Malaysia. Malaysia Boleh! Malaysia can! After driving in the UK, it took a while to adjust to the local style. But these observations allowed us to adjust our style to fit in with the local customs:
1. The number of lanes on the road is determined by how many cars can fit the width.
2. Road markings are for guidance only. This includes lanes, give way signs and pedestrian crossings. Friends, if you visit Malaysia please remember pedestrian crossings are decorative and serve no other purpose. Do not step out in front of any cars. They will not stop and wonder what you crazy foreigners are doing!
3. The hard shoulder is an overflow lane during rush hour so don’t break down, ok?
4. Scooters are fast pedestrians and can therefore drive on the road, foot path, weave in and out of traffic, drive in any direction on any road, cross at pedestrian lights (which are few and far between) and park anywhere.
5. Indicators – indi what lah? When you want to change lanes drift slowly.
6. Always keep moving. Even when the traffic is gridlocked keep inching forward.
7. Give way rule is: whichever car is in front, even if only by one millimetre, has right of way.
8. Can park anywhere as long as left-most or right-most lane. Parking on highway no problem. Double parking on main road also can lah. Especially if for school pick up or drop off.
9. Missed your ramp? No problem, just reverse back onto highway and go straight. Not sure if this is your off ramp? Just stop at off ramp junction till you figure it out.
Driving in KL, what else?
We have also seen a burning bus on the side of the road. Really. Burning like it was in a movie. But without the film crew and stunt people.
Then there was the time we saw a motorised wheelchair on the flyover. A policeman had pulled them over. Imagine that conversation…. One big improvement since we were here five years ago is far fewer families on scooters. This is a really good thing given the fatality rates for scooter accidents.
Despite the madness we have seen few accidents and even fewer serious accidents. So maybe Malaysian drivers know something we don’t!