Having driven from Hua Hin to Bangkok yesterday – I have a renewed hatred for Thai Lorry drivers.
They just can’t drive for shit.
They constantly drift over the white lines, change lanes without warning and drive as faster than the road conditions allow. They’re idiots. No.. assholes.
I have a solution to the traffic congestion and death toll on Thailand roads. – Police check points in the middle of a long stretch of road with no turn offs. If you don’t have a license (therefore no insurance) then your car is impounded until you have undertaken driving tuition and passed your test. – Of course, that’ll never happen – so crush the cars/trucks and recycle the material.
Lorry drivers should also be trained in how to load a vehicle – and simple truck maintenance. Just by driving past I could spot a number of faults on these trucks that would land the driver in a lot of trouble if it were in the west. I know we’re not in the west and I know I shouldn’t compare – but when I see these people praying for ‘good luck’ and painting symbols on the headlining of their vehicles I can’t help but shake my head.
All they need is some education and common sense.
This is Thailand… blah blah blah… Try telling that to the family of the person I saw lying on the bonnet of a car with his head through the windscreen. – Dead as can be. Not a pretty sight. All because these people have no driving skills.
I had one of the Hua-Hin-Bangkok mini-vans pass me last night doing around 160kph.
Miss Tim says it’s normal.
Yeah, it costs 180bht, but for that you might get a maniac driver and a load of people not wearing seatbelts. Even if you wear one in a crash – the person sitting behind you who isn’t wearing one – maybe the person that kills you.
There is nothing you or I can do about it of course.
Apart from bitch and moan.