traffic in india

traffic in India (I can mainly speak for Mumbai but I heard places like Bangalore are worse) is horrific. Want to go 10 miles? – you’ll need an hour. And there are no highways and no basic auto infrastructure. The two lane roads somehow support 4 lanes.

One of the people who I met there said, “for India driving you need good brakes, good horn, and good luck.”

Pedestrians are constantly tempting fate crossing the street. I count myself lucky that in my one week in India, I didn’t hit anyone (though I sure have if I was driving … Indian drivers must be the best drivers in the planet … they can fit their car in the smallest places).

No Mumbai driver can be commissioned without a great horn – it is a necessity to ensure that pedestrians and motor scooters get out of your way.

Helmets for motor scooters and motorcycles are few and far between (despite the massive danger of getting hit on the crowded road). Luckily, because of the traffic jams, you never can go too fast.

3 thoughts on “traffic in india

  1. Devin Reams

    Haha replace India with China and Mumbai with Shanghai and we’re in violent agreement. America just doesn’t have the same density issues (thanks suburbia) as the rest of the world.

  2. Ankur

    Right said Devin. Mumbai is densily populated. I stay in mumbai spend on avg 2 hours a day traveling to work and back using public bus, Which is painful ?.
    Most Mumbaikars use Trains thou, and Mr. Auren Hoffman if you are still in India you should see the morning/evening rush in the trains. Then you know what densily populated means.
    However population is no excuse for poor infrastructure and slow execution of existing infrastructure projects by govt.


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