A snapshot of carless driving
By: Saleh Abdullah Alkhamyasi
Bidding his wife good bye Ahmed closed the door of
his house and rushed towards his car. In a blink of
an eye he cranked it and pushed his car accelerator
in haste. The car was so fast as if it was a rocket
penetrating the sky. What an outrageous speed?
Definitely careless & irresponsible road manner
shouted a pedestrian who was about to cross the road
in search of a taxi.
It seems as if Ahmed is not paying heed to the
extensive awareness program about car accidents and
the necessity for safe driving.
On the road he was shifting lanes left to right. In
fact he was not even bothered to put on his
indicators as he was passing between the lanes. He
continued with his careless attitude for quite
sometimes. As he was driving with his irresponsible
behavior he felt that his car was not stable. He
tried to control it but to no avail. At his
horrifying speed the car got a flat tire as a result
of improper maintenance. The car got off balance. He
couldn’t control it. As if it was a movie, it kept
rolling all over the place and hit a flag pole. The
car was severely smashed. He was injured and his
body got several bruises. The passerby were
spontaneously pulling over and surrounding the place
where the accident took place. One of them called
the police. By the time the ambulance came, Ahmed
was taken out of his car and immediately shifted to
He went out deep thought. He was whispering to
himself what foolishness! My car is damaged! I could
have lost my life and made my kids orphans and my
wife a widow while she is young as a blossoming
Why all that? Is it for a fake sense of courage and
daring? Is it because I wasn’t organized in the
first place and didn’t wake up on time so that I can
reach on time?
Why don’t I follow the road etiquettes? There are
traffic signals, radar and the right of way. A
person should pay his utmost attention to all these
Thank God, I was not killed. It is a second life and
I should not spend the rest of my life being
careless and irresponsible any more.
I was fortunate as I didn’t kill someone by my
reckless driving. If so, the shadow of guilty
conscious would have followed me for the rest of my
Inside the hospital all his family members came to
see him. They were horrified. His wife and kids were
all shedding tears. He couldn’t control himself and
he was also soaked in tears as well.
Ahmed took that incident as a turning point to
disseminate the awareness among his generation about
the necessity for safe driving. He organized
awareness programs and participated in so many
activities to say no for reckless driving.