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Formula 1 race that is the roads of Sri Lanka

I drove to Dambulla today, and for those of you’ll who know me you’ll will know how much I hate the traffic here, and today I realised how much the roads of Sri Lanka have in common with a Formula 1 race.
Just like a formula 1 race if you want to get to your destination on time, it’s important to get ahead of all other traffic. So the qualifying round will be the waking up early and get on the road, the earlier set off will be the better qualifying time.
Now that you are out in front, its important to maintain your track position. This means no slowing down, and especially no allowing the cars behind you to overtake. To achieve this you have to hold your racing line, or in Sri Lanka simply stick to your lane and maintain a good enough speed. The cars and vans will continually try to overtake you but fail, more often than not it will be a dogfight till you pull off somewhere.
So now you’ve got the basics of getting ahead, and holding that position, the next important thing is overtaking. If on the off chance you have not been able to get ahead early, you will have a lot of traffic to get past. This will see you needing all your skills behind the wheel. My suggestion is work your way up slowly, do not try to overtake a bunch of vehicles at once this will cause all sorts of trouble and will leave you at the back of the pack. Pick your battles, at times play the role of the black-marker and allow another car to overtake you. This will ease the pressure, and ultimately assist in the overall goal.
My suggestion to overtaking in Sri Lanka is get in the slipstream of the car, once the road ahead is clear pull out and shoot past it. Keep enough room, drivers here rarely check their side mirrors. This will be an advantage as you will find yourself past them in no time.
Now often you will find yourself pulling over, especially if there is someone in the car wanting to buy something. It is of utmost importance that you get ahead of the slower vehicles that you may have overtaken earlier. Consider this the pit-stop, and your task is to get ahead of the cars behind you and secure track position. It helps add to the fun of the drive.
So there you have it, in brief a comparison of a formula 1 race with the roads of Sri Lanka

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  1. October 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Good post.

    I am getting seriously worried by the number of bad accidents on outstation roads. Did you see any really bad/dangerous driving?

  2. October 27, 2011 at 6:27 am

    The bus drivers were maniacs, and there was this one accident. Two buses had collided and a van had also been knocked. I am pretty sure this was the accident reported a few days ago. But the bus and truck drivers have definitely not learnt to drive.

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