After driving through the busy streets of Kenya, I thought I was brave. And then I drove through Colombo... For those intrepid souls who want to give it a go, here's a survival guide to driving in Sri Lanka.
The first thing to remember: follow the rules. The problem is, there aren't any.
Cars, mopeds and rickshaw are all vying for space so getting around isn't easy.
Traffic in Sri Lanka is congested. Narrow two-lane highways, overloaded trucks, poorly driven buses and a variety of vehicles on the road, ranging from ox carts and bicycles to new four-wheel-drive vehicles, make driving dangerous.
Most bus passengers are given free passes and during rush hours, there is absolute mayhem. There are passengers hanging off other passengers, who in turn hang off the railings and the overloaded bus leans dangerously, defying laws of gravity.
And while we are describing daytime driving in downtown Colombo, life at night can be even more exciting.
Night-time driving in Sri Lanka is like Russian Roulette. Drunk drivers are rampant and very dangerous, so stick to the path and walk. You always get a better feel of the town using your feet.
But if, after all this, you still want to drive in Sri Lanka, have your lessons between 8 pm and 11 am - when the police have gone home and the locals can enjoy being crazy together.
But on the flipside, experiencing traffic in a developing nation is one of the true joys for a traveler. Just buckle up, hold on and keep a blindfold handy.
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