Wreckage

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Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving. As a result, thousands of foreign workers are brought into the country to drive women around, causing an additional budget constraint on many Saudi families. I have never seen such disregard for basic traffic rules and common driving courtesy as I have seen here in Saudi Arabia. Traffic lanes are usually ignored and it’s not unusual to see six lanes of vehicles squeezed in where only three should be. At stop lights, cars will actually drive up onto the sidewalks on the right and then turn to the left so that they can then straddle at an angle in front of all the lanes of traffic waiting for the light to turn green.
My theory is that once women are allowed to drive in this country, order and civility will be restored to the roads. However, some religious leaders here are convinced that if women are allowed to drive, they will put on lots of makeup, become harlots, hook up with men, and the society will decay into an immoral sesspool like the West. I’m not exaggerating –
read a post I did on my other blog recently for more. (Click on image to view enlargement in greater detail.)

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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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13 Responses to Wreckage

  1. myriam vollant says:

    yes madame suzy,many of expatriates women got the same frustation seeing boys driving! no valuables reasons to stop women driving, when men cooks, they cooks better than women but when women drives they drives better than men.i am french and live in jeddah and i traveled from the border saoudia until france in summer 2008, i got vidéos of it, its took 7days, it was very nice, i returned the same way and at border i had to let my car and take back bus to jeddah! i was very sad.i wish to open a driving school for women in jeddah soon inchAllah.no islamic reasons for stopping women driving, its not cultural either, its not for security reasons or socials reasons, its only BRAINWASH,anyway many saudis women dont want to drive and never will, its only a small minority who wants, who Need to drive, malik abdallah should let only expatriates women driving at first, or women alone as myself with smalls children in charge. by the way, its me who teaches my 2 boys how to drive! see you suzy wher are you in jeddah?

  2. Lucielle says:

    It seems to be the same all over the ME – Qatar is not much different when it comes to driving – here we constantly blame the locals and their land cruisers – they are killers on wheels…

  3. Meedo says:

    “some religious leaders here are convinced that if women are allowed to drive, they will put on lots of makeup, become harlots, hook up with men, and the society will decay into an immoral sesspool like the West”

    That is just pure brilliance!! you made my day 🙂

  4. janice says:

    Off topic, did you notice 8 of your 10 comments are from “J’s”?

  5. ewok1993 says:

    Asia has its own traffic rules. It’s not exclusive to Saudi that a three-lane highway becomes six. It’s all over Asia 🙂

  6. Jerry M says:

    Things are different today but a generation ago parts of Southern Europe (Italy in particular) had traffic that was almost as chaotic Saudi Arabia. Some of that choas was simply due to streets that simply were not designed with car traffic in mind.

  7. Judy says:

    Hmmmm, Harlots and hooking up! Who do they not trust, the men or the women?

  8. janice says:

    WOW, Susie! It looks as if the airbag was deployed in that car. My goodness, driving there could be hazardous to ones health.

  9. Jerry M says:

    When these religious leaders call the West an immoral cesspoll, what do they mean? Do they have any real knowledge of what they are criticizing?

  10. Jacob says:

    It’s hard to know what to say about all this. I think you’ve said it well. As my kids used to say, “Craziness prevails!”

  11. JetSetMom.Cece says:

    My SIL from KSA, only began to drive four years ago, she is a very cautious driver. Just today, she confessed to me, she didn’t understand the concept of a 4-way stop! She had never seen or experienced a 4-way stop sign. In the beginning, she would only yield or stop, then would careful proceed, not aware of who’s turn it was to go next. One day she was back a few cars from the 4-way stop, then she observed the how it works. Now she makes a complete stop before she proceeds.

  12. Gaelyn says:

    Yet another excellent post and point Susie.

  13. Jerry M says:

    I think it would be instructive for Saudi religious leaders to acquaint themselves with the facts about women driving in places where women have been driving for many years. In the US, young women are safer drivers than young men (just ask insurance companies). Given this reality, if you are going to impose sex segregation, it might actually make sense for men to leave the driving to women. There would be far less mayhem on the roads.

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