If you live in Lebanon or visit it every once in awhile, one aspect of life here never ceases to amaze you: the people’s driving. It is as if Lebanese people have adopted their own driving rules, like using their hands instead of the turning signals or having their own honking codes. Amid all the chaos, there are a few types of drivers you are bound to find every time you hit the road in Lebanon, and here’s a list of them:
There’s no way for these drivers to just relax. These ones think the roads are their race tracks and other drivers are their competitors. You find them going into complete road rage, yelling and cussing and cutting in front of other vehicles.
Like… chill man! We understand your passion, but nobody’s competing with you and there’s surely no prize to win at the end of the road!
These ones listen to their favorite song while driving, and they make sure the whole world hears it too. They are usually driving a BMW, listening to Wadih El-Sheikh and wearing a plain white sleeveless shirt.
If they are really deep in the mood, they would also loudly sing along.
This is usually someone with a big car or a truck. They just drive around like they own the road, just because they have a bigger vehicle than yours and most, and can easily crush you and most. Lebanese roads can be scary.
How is this person able to own a car? Who gave him / her a driving license? Big mystery!
All that you know is that these drivers obviously don’t know what any of the road signs mean, they don’t stop at traffic lights, and don’t know about turning signals. It honestly would be safer if they would just buy a bicycle.
These are the nice ones, sometimes overly nice. They let all the cars go before them, stopping an entire line of traffic behind them.
They also like to wave enthusiastically at the ones who let them go first (probably an even nicer fellow than them). They may be annoying to some people, but they also make others’ day by their good gestures.
Who needs a map or a GPS when this person is driving? These ones know all the roads, sub-roads, and how to get out of traffic in no time at all. They are the master of the Zawarib. This is a great person to have as a friend!
Some of the stuff people see daily on Lebanon’s roads might be funny or things that everyone just got used to. As long as it’s harmless, everyone enjoys the little abnormal things Lebanese people are always up to.
However, it is important that drivers stay safe, and keep those around them safe as well.