Driving in Malta
Since arriving in Malta, I have been continually amazed at the poor standard of driving. To be frank, it is absolutely appalling!!
An interesting editorial in the motoring section of the Sunday Times of Malta by Matthew Naudi, discusses ways of coping with errant drivers that drive you up the wall when out and about on Malta’s roads. Instead of gesticulating and swearing at the other driver, who will most likely take no notice anyway, Matthew recommends making up acronyms such as UTDI – Use The Damn Indicators – and saying those instead. Not sure it would work for me!
Why is the driving so bad here in Malta? everyday, without fail, someone either cuts me up, pulls out without looking, drives in the outside lane of the few bits of dual carriageway we have or simply has no idea how to use a roundabout. There is also impatience. Many a time I have been stuck in a queue, creeping along through Burmarrad, when someone who is obviously far more important than me, comes charging down the outside of the queue and pushes in further up.
Drivers in Malta seem to live in a world of their own, where other people don’t seem to exist.
I travel every day between Mellieha and Mosta and see all sorts. Coming down the hill out of Mellieha, there are two hairpin bends on fairly steep slopes. Not so long ago, at the first bend, the van coming the other way was a bit wide and on my side of the white line – nothing much new there you might say! however, I then noticed that the driver had both hands holding a piece of paper, presumably an invoice, at eye level and I have no idea how he was steering. I can only guess with his knees! There was something else that caught my eye – his head was slightly cocked to one side and then I realised that he was holding his mobile phone on his shoulder with his head!! Ridiculous.
The problem is that this is not an isolated incident. Whenever I see a car creeping along or meandering across the road, you can pretty well guarantee that the driver is either on his phone or doing something which he considers far more important than actually driving his vehicle.
What do you think of Maltese drivers?