One of the highlights on my trip to Honduras was … I GOT TO DRIVE … and it was amazing. It was my first time to drive in a 3rd world country. Marc Tindall was in need of another driver and asked if I could drive a stick. I said, “Sure, I can.” Just like in a movie, everything went in slow-motion when he tossed me a set of keys and said, “Good, you’re driving.” YES!
Even though Hondurans are very laid-back people, you get them behind the wheel of a car, and they turn into wild, crazy driving people. Their driving is fast, aggressive and very different than what I’m used to. I loved driving in Honduras. It was exhilarating. Here are a few things I learned from driving in Honduras …
- A green light signals the start of the race.
- Driving in Honduras is a mix between a NASCAR race and bumper cars.
- Honk at everyone … in all situations… sometimes for no reason at all.
- It’s okay to make a two lane street into a 4 lane highway.
- Blind curves are ideal for passing.
- Double yellow lines, that mean “don’t pass” in most countries, are simply there for looks in Honduras.
- If you’re kind and decide to let one driver in, expect ten others to push their way in as well.
- Expect a giant yellow bus at anytime and any place, including going the wrong way on a one-way single lane road. Grrrr.
- A red light means, “Watch out, someone is coming through anyway.”
- Once you get back to your own country, you MUST remember to QUIT driving like you’re in Honduras. After arriving home, the first time some slow driver pulled out in front of me, my first reaction was to lay on the horn, run them off the road and holler, “MOVE IT OR LOSE IT, SISTER!”