getting round


Back in the 1980s, driving in Phaic Tan was considered risky due to the large number of highway bandits who would routinely stop motorists and extort large sums of money. These lawless rogues still exist – in fact many of them now run car rental firms – but they are no longer quite so heavily armed.

Dokar trucks are an efficient form of transport however the ox will often over-heat;
A small shrub is frequently carried by drivers to protect from evil spirits and sniper attack.
Driving in Phaic Tan is not really recommended, due to the poor state of rural roads. Trips into remote village areas will almost definitely require a 4WD, preferably armour-plated, and a police escort.
Even roads within Phaic Tan’s larger towns are badly damaged from years of war and general neglect, prompting the Government to recently set up a scheme in which locals were paid a small cash reward to fill in pot holes. The scheme had to be quickly abandoned when it was discovered these same enterprising locals were sneaking out at night and deliberately creating new pot holes.
The road rules in Phaic Tan are quite straight-forward. Cars and motorbikes drive on the left, buses and trucks drive at their own discretion – at specific times of the day footpaths may be used as a transit lane. Remember to always sound your horn before overtaking, turning, pulling out, pulling in, changing lanes or stopping. It’s also obligatory to sound your horn before sounding your horn and stiff fines apply to those who fail to do so.


Commuters in a hurry might consider hiring a high-powered tuk tuk. A similar model recently broke the land rickshaw speed record in Utah.


One of the world’s first rear impact air-bags.
This extract taken from PHAIC TAN – SUNSTROKE ON A SHOESTRING
 
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