Istanbul streets

inconsiderate

chaotic

selfish

unimaginative

careless

impatient

 

This is what I have to say about the Turkish drivers. And I should use an exclamation mark next to each of the above or put them in the capital letters.

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The style of driving observed here is just inconceivable for the Polish people for whom Warsaw style is dangerous and crazy.

Now, I actually find the Warsaw streets calming. Polite and orderly.

But only because I have seen the Istanbul streets.

I often wonder where this aggression, impatience come from. Why can’t they wait a second or two. Why must they beep

or overtake, blink with lights at you? They don’t gain MUCH. Or VERY LITTLE and still want to cause a dangerous situation on the road just to be one car closer.

One could blame it on the city. The constant traffic does foster the aggressive behaviour indeed but I put the blame rather on the Turkish mentality as such.

Their interest is most important. If they can go through, be faster, change lanes – this is what counts.

It is not important that someone will have to brake suddenly or it will cause a jam.

They are first.

I’m sure there are good-hearted people in Istanbul, considerate and empathic. But somehow, they are not on Istanbul streets. Driving.

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