I have traveled to 19 countries in my 21 years of life and Costa Rica without a doubt takes the cake on the wildest driving ever! Here are 5 things I have noticed about traffic in Costa Rica:
- A double-yellow line does not equate to “no passing.” Rather, a double-yellow line is a road divider. If the driver does not appreciate how slow the vehicle in front is driving, said driver will pass on the double-yellow line. I have been in a bus and the bus driver has passed a car going too slow when there is a double-yellow line.
- Motorcyclists will weave in and out of traffic to get to the front of the waiting traffic line. Motorbikes are a popular vehicle of transportation in Costa Rica for their gas efficiency and for the ease of food delivery. I am amazed at how brave the drivers are when darting in and out of lines of cars. If I were to drive, I would be on edge and stressed trying to check my blind spot constantly.
- Slamming on the breaks or last-minute stops are a given. There has been more than one occasion where I have been in an Uber and needed to close my eyes to avoid watching the driver nearly hit someone.
- Stop signs or red lights are optional (sometimes). There have been many times where a car or two speeds through an intersection during a red light. For a pedestrian like me, this means look both ways before crossing the street MULTIPLE times.
- Is traffic stopped in front of you? Honk. Did someone cut you off? Honk. Is a person laying in the middle of the road (yes I have seen this happen while in Costa Rica)? Honk. When walking in Costa Rica, the honking of cars is a symphony because drivers honk at anything and everything whether their reason is legitimate or not.
I do not think I could ever drive in Costa Rica. Next time I complain about traffic in Indiana, I will remember how lucky I am that the “busy” or “chaotic” traffic does not even come close to Costa Rica.
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