Driving in Salvador

2 May

Rules to driving:

  1. Switching lanes is mandatory, the more often the better
  2. It’s ok to stop your car in the middle of the freeway or main road, for any reason
  3. What lanes? If you can squeeze through, make your own
  4. If you don’t have a car, ride a horse or a bike, on the side of the freeway
  5. Don’t bother with red lights after sun down
  6. Cut off others or be cut off
  7. The side of the highway is a lane, even though it’s dirt
  8. If there are no parking spots, double park behind someone
  9. Turning signals are overrated
  10. Pedestrians never have the right away
  11. Stop signs are just a recommendation to merge
  12. You can turn from any lane
  13. A light is still green if it’s only been red for 5 seconds
  14. Merge at the last possible second
  15. Accept that there are no rules to driving and do not flip off another person

What happens when there is this kind of madness? See below. 


The main highway (Paralela) I use to get into downtown looks like this at almost every hour of the day. 

I’ve had my own car for a little over a week now, and I’m very proud to say that I have yet to get in an accident. 


2 Responses to “Driving in Salvador”

  1. Georgia Caverly May 2, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Too funny but too true! Can’t wait to see your driving skills in person soon!

  2. Ryan George (@RyanGGeorge) July 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    My very best traffic jam was in Salvador. I descended the bus, walked and left those burros behind 🙂 If I were to do it over again, I think a bike would be nice..

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