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26 April, 2006


How encouraging! In a bid to make Dubai roads safer, learner drivers will now be taught a new method for making U-turns.

And what is this marvellous, magical new method?

Probably to actually check for oncoming vehicles before turning.



Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Don't learn to drive in this country unless you have to...

26 April, 2006 07:45  
Blogger nzm said...

I feel so much safer already.

26 April, 2006 09:00  
Blogger Harsha said...

I had my first accident while learning on a U turn

26 April, 2006 10:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many ways of making a U-turn are there? lol. How hard is that?
Yeah, I already feel so much safer as well.

26 April, 2006 12:50  
Blogger Seabee said...

What they need to teach them is that a big red diagonal line through the sign means a U-turn is not permitted.

Funnily enough, there's a reason for it to be not allowed. Traffic, and often it's me, is already on the road, with right-of-way...and if you do an illegal U-turn you are likely to cause an accident.

What a breakthrough it would be if that could be imprinted in what passes for a brain. It would save me having to take evasive action several times a week too.

26 April, 2006 12:58  
Blogger archer14 said...

I feel the new change lobbied by the driving instructors might be to take a U-turn in the third or fourth gear so that you don't disrupt incoming traffic. Just reduces their frustration by heaps, they can go back to twiddling their thumbs playing 'snakes' on their nokia.

26 April, 2006 14:22  
Blogger nzm said...

Seabee - I bet you're talking about the intersection from the Dubai Marina onto Al Sufouh Rd!

26 April, 2006 15:21  
Blogger Cokey said...

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26 April, 2006 17:16  
Blogger Cokey said...

U-Turn is only allowed in Reverse gear now !! People pay more attention while reversing so thats the new big change.

Good luck to all expats...locals are gona die anyways!

26 April, 2006 17:17  
Blogger Frances said...

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26 April, 2006 18:30  
Blogger Seabee said...

M, you got it in one! It's not the only one, but it's the one I'm nearly wiped out at maybe three times a week!

You too eh?

26 April, 2006 19:12  
Blogger nzm said...

Yup - me too. Of all the intersections, this is the one that's nearly had the better of me on several occasions.

The thing that scares me most about making that right turn through the green arrow onto Al Sufouh Rd is that there's a Give Way sign immediately after the traffic light.

Now - I know that on the other side of the road, there's a NO U-turn sign, but what's the bet that if you had an accident there, you'd be in the wrong for failing to Give Way!

26 April, 2006 22:37  
Blogger Frances said...


27 April, 2006 09:07  
Blogger dubaiproperties said...

SD: please allow blogging anonymously - its silly to expect everyone to have a username and password - some of us are just casual bloggers and dont carry around a blogging account information.

27 April, 2006 12:22  
Blogger Jassim said...

@ the last poster some people shouldnt be allowed to leave comments.


U-Turn is only allowed in Reverse gear now !! People pay more attention while reversing so thats the new big change.

Good luck to all expats...locals are gona die anyways!

27 April, 2006 15:10  
Blogger SIN said...

How about teaching something to the driving instructors first before passing on these pearls of wisdom to those poor unsuspecting newbies.
U-turns...what will they think of next, how to parallel park a little differently!

27 April, 2006 16:02  
Blogger Dubai Spy said...

Awwww JASEEEM The lil princess

Did you get hurt when i mentioned 'locals will die anyways'

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Its to piss off locals like you and make them realize the REALITY !!!

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28 April, 2006 21:48  
Blogger Dubai Spy said...

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28 April, 2006 22:07  
Blogger Krishna said...

The "New Rule" asks the driver to turn into the middle lane immediately after the U turn, instead of the rightmost lane (which ends in a short distance). The idea is to prevent moving into the right-most lane and then making a lane change immediately afterwords.

29 April, 2006 00:13  
Blogger Grumpy Goat said...

For an unknown reason, left turns are almost unheard of. Alright, it's possible to find the occasional example (behind Spinneys on SZR) but generally you've got to turn right.

So what do we find? Instead of turning left from the relative safety of the central median into the relative safety of a minor road, we are obliged to cross the oncoming traffic stream and immediately accelerate to the speed of sound in order not to be T-boned or rear-ended. And then slow down to turn right into the side road.

Neither are we permitted to emerge from a side road to wait in the median to turn left. Despite the central reserve usually being 8 metres wide (sufficient for normal vehicles to be completely shielded from all main-road traffic, and no: stretched Hummers don't count as 'normal'), we are obliged to turn right and then make a U-turn.

Perhaps if I were waiting to make the left turn, some fool would queue up behind me, tooting his hooter until hit from the left side by someone who knows what the button in the middle of the steering wheel is for but isn't quite so familiar with the middle pedal.

Result: Having to go hundreds of metres out of your way only to come hundreds of metres back again.

30 April, 2006 18:23  
Blogger secretdubai said...

UPDATE: I found out what the change is. I'm a bit confused, but it seems to be something about going into the middle lane rather than the outside lane after you make the turn, if I've got it right. I can't remember the explanation of why this is a "good" thing though.

30 April, 2006 23:39  

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