A phrase shrieked at volume to any pour soul unlucky enough to be stuck in a car with me after dark. But SO true!
Basically over here in Moz as soon as the sun goes down – as elsewhere in the rest of the world – car headlights are switched on. No problem.
Cars over here – as elsewhere in the world – have indicators to ‘indicate’ to other drivers. No problem.
However…for some absolutely inexplicable reason, which can only be explained by the phrase uttered with alarming regularity out here TIA (This Is Africa), drivers over here have an inability to correctly use them…
This is how indicators are used in Moz to ‘indicate’;
1) when about to turn left or right – correct.
2) outside indicator on to inform the driver behind you that a car is coming in the opposite direction and therefore you should not attempt to overtake – INCORRECT!
3) inside indicator on to inform said driver he may now overtake as the coast is clear in the opposite direction – INCORRECT!
4)…and this gets the biggest shriek…to inform the driver coming in the opposite direction where the outside of your car is!!
I am absolutely not kidding here!! It’s to inform perfectly sighted, perfectly able, perfectly intelligent drivers where the outside of the oncoming car is!! Bear in mind here cars out here are not some special design where the headlight is not placed…oh yes…on the outer edge of the car…oh yes….right next to your indicator!
I’ve stopped driving after sundown!