View Full Version : Pilots also good drivers?
10th Jun 2008, 14:47
a light hearted question for you all flight deck crew out there:-
honestly (be honest now!) - do pilots living in DXB sooner or later adopt the local driving style, i.e. a little on the fast/aggressive side - or does all that safety training kick in, and see you trundlng along
despite most people complaining about the standard of driving, there dont seem to be many sane people left on the road out there...
10th Jun 2008, 16:47
Maybe! I bought a largish Japanese SUV:), the taxis leave me alone. Though I do try to stay cool, calm and collected.
10th Jun 2008, 17:51
Well if it goes on who gets the "pink" then I must be a bad driver!
Of course being stationary at a red light before a chappie in a large Nissan Patrol left a 35m skid mark prior to sailing into (and nearly through) our motor!
Obviously my fault!
Cops took my licence!! to collect from the cop shop the next day!!
All turned out well in the end as EK sent in a serious trouble shooter with me and I heard and paid .................. nothing!
So Good or Bad all depends on your perspective really!:E
10th Jun 2008, 18:23
:confused:Who is that trouble shooter? I remember it being mentioned during first couple days at EK by HW, but I did not write it down. She said if you are ever in trouble to call this person.
Its actually a problem for everone who comes from a country where human rights and YOUR life are worth something.
Its human nature to just think after a while if you cant beat em join em.
To just start ignoring road rules and driving like allah will actually protect you from your own stupidity.
It is hard to resist acting like a sheep and just following the rest.
This is why all jinglies and most locals think the hazards are to be used when slowing down in traffic and the brake lights are just as a consequence of finally hitting the brakes at the last moment.
Someone somewhere back in time started that one and it stuck.
I think you should take pride in the fact you don't lower your standards just because all around you are idiots.
If we all lowered our standards the place would grind to a hault in no time.
Next time you are waiting to turn in a line of traffic have a look at how many indicators are on.
Probably only yours but thats a start.
The idiots have to learn from someone and they will if you keep doing the right thing.
They will just do what the next guy does because they are sheep.
Drive safe and enjoy
11th Jun 2008, 06:17
God bless you LR3 for leading the idiots to the light !
What a sacrifice you must be doing by leaving behind you the world of human rights and reasonable people, just because you care about developing a place you know is not matching any gentleman standards. Life must be so rude for you in DXB with all those locals around. Hopefully one day you will be rewarded for your patience and your courage in educating those inferior peoples, while you could simply stay in your own country and enjoy a normal life (and of course nobody has any car accident over there). I'm sure the only reason why you are here is for the sake of humanity. Once again, be blessed !
11th Jun 2008, 08:21
Remember, in the event of an accident in a middle eastern country the foreigner is automatically at fault regardless of what happened, because he doesn't belong there and had he not been there, the accident wouldn't have occured.
Can't argue with that can you ? :E
If your one of those locals that has a brain and understands what happens when two cars collide and drive safely I take my hat off to you.
My comment was a generalization but a true one at that considering all the carnage young local guys are creating on the road here.
They die on the roads here at a rate way out of proportion to their numbers which is sad as they are the future and the authorities in their wisdom realize that.
They government is doing something about it which is good for all concerned.
I'm fairly sure no one could seriously deny the driving skills here are shall I say varied.
Its got nothing to do with race as everyone has two hands and two legs and should be able to drive.
Its got all to do with attitude.
It doesn't help when you know the police won't lift a finger to stop you speeding as you are a local.
I guess I would be tempted to put the foot down a little at times as well.
The facts speak for themselves statisically.
It takes someone of integrity to admit a problem and deal with it.
That makes you a stronger person in my eyes.
Drive and fly safe.
11th Jun 2008, 19:13
I drive the way I fly..... one leg on the dashboard and mic in my mouth. I always mantain centerline even when i park. I mantain 250 below 10000' and I keep my strobe light day or night so everybody will avoid me.
So I must be a good driver.
12th Jun 2008, 08:04
I don't care where you're from...Dat's funny
12th Jun 2008, 10:46
You know you have lived in the Middle East too long when....
You realize the definition of a "Nano Second" is the time between when the traffic light turns green and the guy behind starts hitting the horn.
Another great "game" is when the AD plates roar up to you from behind flashing the obligatory high beam at you, just experiment with the windshield washer function in your vehicle and watch him back right off. Nothing worse than a streaky Lexus ;)
And when they hit the horn, just smile and wave, just smile and wave....
12th Jun 2008, 11:57
my hat is off to you. Again! I thought the thread on cabin crew nationalities was brilliant, but this is equally great.
Whatever you do don't stop posting, man! You've nailed it!
12th Jun 2008, 12:11
It's all relative my firends.....
I have but one word
I feel relaxed on the roads in Dubai.
12th Jun 2008, 17:15
Passed a police car at 190 km/h the other day, and I guss they just assumed I was in a hurry! :E
Thats the funniest thing I've read in ages.
Well, since your cabin crew piece anyway.
Keep it up.:ok: