In Thailand, where driving is on the left, motorcyclists…

IMG_0165…routinely turn left out of side streets as if turns were the norm, and those going straight should yield.  They do that every time, by the way.  Did I mention that Thailand has the highest accident rate in the world?  Then there’s the ‘diagonal drift’.  In some Cartesian twist on ‘innate ideas’, Thais are apparently born with a diagonal lane in their minds that supersedes any white lines that might be painted on the road.  The second they realize that a turn is coming up ahead, they are obligated by the law of gasoline economy and general laziness to take the most direct diagonal route to that turn, regardless of which lane they might happen to be in at the time.  God help you if you happen to be one of the misfortunates going straight ahead in one of the intervening lanes.  This saves them the burden of having to swing wide at every turn, by the way, as if they had eighteen wheels or bad tie-rods or weak wrists or something.  Let’s not even discuss parallel parking.  If you’re wondering why the cops tolerate this, it’s because they drive Honda 100 motorcycles.  There are few, if any, police cars.  The only time they stop drivers are at road-blocks.  They don’t get paid enough to chase people down, even if they could.

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