If You Can't Drive in the South, Don't Leave the State

I just came back from vacation to New York City and Rio de Janeiro. As far as my experiences that relate to this blog, I was amazed at how aggressive, reckless, and yet effective the drivers of any form of transportation drove in those areas without colliding with ANYTHING.

I have traveled by taxi in NYC before but Rio made NYC look like a kiddy ride. Three lanes of traffic, meant 5 wide and motorcycles racing in between. This included the mass transit buses that weaved in and out of traffic better than the motorcycles. We took the subway, taxis, buses, and walked throughout each city and I could not help but thinking about all the wreck cases I get in a small, rural community in the Golden Corner of South Carolina.

However, in these huge metropolitan cities I never saw an incident. I am sure other bloggers in those areas could fill me in with statistics but from a brief observational standpoint, you would think incidents would be higher. Yet, considering the majority of the drivers are professional, ie taxi cab drivers, mass transit, and other courier services, that could be the reason. 

Regardless, I encourage all my past, present, and future clients to take advanced driving courses before they head out of the state or out of country with the intentions on driving;

  • The 80 year old, driving the Cadillac in the left lane may be pummeled;
  • I can't even think about the young, teenager that just got his license- ouch; or
  • The texting driver not really paying attention.

Happy Trails to you.


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Matt_A - August 26, 2009 5:04 PM

I recall seeing an episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain when he was in Vietnam. He was riding on the back of a scooter and there were cars and bikes weaving in and out all around him. It looked intense!

Zachary Hanson - August 27, 2009 12:02 AM

Sounds like you had fun! Sounds like Rio is similar to Russia with its driving! it looks completely chaotic but is very effcient!

mosi - October 15, 2009 7:52 PM

I am from SC, lived in Albany NY for 18 years, was in a relationship with a woman whoes mother lived in Manhatten, drove there one time with her and saw that you have to be aggressive and take your openings are you are toast, went to the city a few times later and I gave grown when I did not see an opening but took them when I did..folks in SC have a hard time driving when it rains,don't let it snow here..

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