Well, I did it… I drove both to and from church this morning!  I did not hit anything or anyone, so I consider the experience successful.  OK, so the church is only three blocks away… everyone needs to start somewhere 🙂

There are several tricky aspects to driving here – obviously driving on the “wrong” side of the road is one, and remembering to look for cars coming from the opposite direction is another.  I keep going to get in to the car on the wrong side… here the driver’s side is the right side, and you work the gear shift with your left hand!  Other tricky things include the narrow roads with numerous people walking along them – most black South Africans do not own cars and walk miles to work.  On some streets there are paths worn away in the grass along the road, but in other places there is little room for anyone to get off the street.  In addition to the many people, I have also seen cows and goats in the middle of main streets.  This only seems to slow drivers down temporarily!

The numerous “round-a-bouts” cause me anxiety; I don’t like driving on traffic circles in the US, but these are going in the wrong direction!  Wherever there is not a round-a-bout there is probably a “robot.”  (You are probably more familiar with the term “traffic light.” )  Due to security issues most people do not go out very late at night, but I was told yesterday that there is a law here that women driving alone after dark are legally allowed to drive through robots and stop signs… Good to know…


2 Responses to “Robots”

  1. 1 Angela January 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Congratulations on your successful venture out! Just think…when you get back, driving through Harrisonburg Crossings will be a piece of cake.

  1. 1 Credit cards work for everything except… « In To Africa Trackback on January 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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