Third world vehicles

In general, there isn’t a Third World anymore, now that mobile phones and Chinese investment are catapulting countries from everywhere into a higher stage of development. Want to see the world’s most modern airport? Visit Doha. Want to see a Third World airport? There aren’t many left. Well, maybe JFK.

That said, in quite a few countries there are still lots of Third World Vehicles on the roads – contraptions, ranging from massively overloaded pickup trucks to farm tractors to lorries that have open cabs and tiny engines, that are on the highways despite being incapable of achieving highway speeds.

That means you are going to have to engage in a lot of exciting overtaking. And worse yet: it means that vehicles that do not generally overtake other vehicles – such as tour buses and semi-trailers – are going to be doing a lot of overtaking.

You really haven’t lived until you’ve experienced overtaking a Third World Vehicle while a bus is simultaneously overtaking another Third World Vehicle coming towards you. If it’s any consolation, it’s probably even more stressful for the driver of the bus.

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Third-world vehicles are fine in town; but when they go on the highway, they inspire buses and semi-trailers to attempt feats of overtaking, which makes driving exciting. Photo by the author.