8.20.2008

Driving In India

Here are the first few video clips that I filmed while driving (actually while my driver was driving). Please excuse my shaking hand. I took these out the window of the car, and it wasn't as easy to do as I would have thought.

Now that I know the picture is just as clear over the dashboard, I'll take a few more and send them out. Until then... here's a small glimpse of what driving is like in Chennai.



This clip is us stuck in typical rush hour traffic. Keep in mind that this is a 2 lane road...



Here we are on a a narrow flyover (aka an almost 2 lane bridge).



Trying to change lanes can be a lot tougher than one would think. It took us over a minute to get around the cars, only to have the motorcyclists whizzing by a little too close for my taste.

32 comments:

CK-II said...

That's what I call real traffic congestion! LOL! Have a wonderful WW! :)

~Just Me~ said...

Whoa, thats crazy lol.

Happy WW!!

~Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

Wow! I thought Atlanta was crazy. LOL Those motorcycles would keep me on edge.

Heather B. said...

Oh my goodness that is insane! Happy WW!

Mom24 said...

My brother was killed on a motorcycle. I get nervous being around them here--I would be crazy there. That is serious traffic. Be careful driving. Just think what a driver you'll be next time you're stateside--nothing will phase you.

Suzanne said...

WHOA...that's crazy. All those motorbikes would be too difficult to keep track of. Where are they....are they cutting in...cutting out? Crazy.

I'm really glad you have a driver.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Kat said...

Oh my! The second one where your driver passes that car - ack! And the motorcycles. I had no idea that they were so prevalent. Scary, scary!

Simple Answer said...

LOL! Good thing your shipment comes tomorrow so you can have a drink!

Eve Grey said...

That driving reminds me of Athens, Greece. The ambulances couldn't even get through. Craziness.

Tenakim said...

That's scary!

The Mom said...

Yikes even being a pedestrian would be scary on those streets! Constant safe travel vibes for you!

-Bridget said...

I've been catching up on your blog. I've missed several posts. You've been having quite an adventure already! I hope things settle down a little more for you, your furniture arrives, and you find a good housemaid soon!

Hairline Fracture said...

It's clear now why having a driver is a necessity. The motorcycles scared me.

Mrs4444 said...

Pure chaos! I'd need to wear a blindfold (as a PASSENGER, of course!)

Rhea said...

It almost looks like there are NO lanes in some of those clips. Wow. Motorbikes seem to be prevalent too. I can see how it would be a little scary driving around! Very cool to see though, thank you for sharing that!

Thank you also for visiting me on my SITS day Monday!

Mamasphere said...

That's crazy! I could definitely not drive in that.

Too bad we can't spread our traffic rules around the world!

Nap Warden said...

Oh my goodness...no thank you!

mary said...

OH my God. YOU need some sort of award for driving in this!!

Tena said...

I think I might have peed my pants if I was you!

Kelly said...

Wow, thanks for sharing! You are brave even with a driver (I saw how your driver was passing - aaaahhh!) Keep safe!
BTW, help me with my acronyms...what does happy WW mean?

WheresMyAngels said...

Wow, video taping it this way, sure makes me feel like I was there. So glad I wasn't!! lol I have awful road rage.

Jen said...

Wow, I was just getting caught up ovet here. I don't know how I missed you much. You really are amazing oh and I love your blog.

Hyphen Mama said...

ohmy GOD...that would require a whole lot of stress tabs before driving! If they've always known that, then it's fine for them. My hair would fall out in clumps and I'd probably dig holes in my flesh with my fingernails.

Good luck with your driving there!

EEK!

C said...

I think I would have a panic attack every day on my way out the door!
~Christy

HappyHourSue said...

Holy Xanax, batman!!!!!! I couldn't do it!

Congrats SITSta!

Glass Family said...

That traffic is totally crazy - it makes driving in Tijuana look like a breeze. I hope you guys stay safe with all that craziness around.

Carrie said...

I'll never complain about Detroit traffic again!

Jenn P. said...

That reminds me of the roads in Italy! You have a lot to get used to!

angie said...

Oh boy......I'd be so thankful that I didn't have to be behind the wheel!

~Janet~ said...

Those videos are great! Thanks for traveling with me on BATW today. Good hearing from you again.

Michelle said...

Yikes! In that first video I have to wonder where exactly the two lanes are LOL and the last one - geesh! I don't think I'd ever want to get out and drive there!

Shannon said...

And I thought drivers on the Capital Beltway were crazy! All those motorcyclists would get. on. my. nerves! Yikes!

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