10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM DRIVING IN HONDURAS

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!”

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Donna G says:

    Okay…NOW I know that I MUST go to Honduras, if only just to get to drive the way I want to!!

    Just so you know, they drive that way in most European countries too, especially Paris…

  2. cwinwc says:

    I've driven in L.A. and Miami and as a brother of mine once said when we made the trip to L.A. to go to the Pepperdine Lectures, "Dude, you drive like a local."

    Sounds like driving in Honduras might be my "Graceland." :)

    Glad you're back safe.

  3. Stoogelover says:

    I was following our guide in Mexico one year (he is a Ph.D. physicist / professor) and had to blow through a red light that was red when he blew through it ahead of me. I noticed he was not slowing down to wait for me, so I went through it as well. He radioed to me (CB radios … no cell phones), "NOW, you're driving like a Mexican!" He was quite proud of me.

    Apparently the driving skills of Southern America are fairly established throughout the countries.

  4. jackie chesnutt says:

    God has taken many opportunities in my life to remind me to pray – one was my first trip to Mexico City. I learned to pray before getting in an automobile, while riding in an automobile, when exiting an automobile & especially when entering the dangerous role of pedestrian. Another was while visiting in Honduras. WOW! Glad you had a great trip and a safe return!

  5. That Girl says:

    On my first trip to Honduras, I learned that a person actually CAN pray without ceasing! At first I was afraid when our driver used the wrong lane of a divided street. I soon realized they didn't consider it a divided street – the median just made it two streets. The first person on the street gets to decide the direction of traffic. It's so much easier to sit in the back of the van and not watch the traffic.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Every word you said is soooooo true about driving in Honduras! The deal is they have no need for white or yellow lines on highways– double lines, broken lines or not! It is crazy but I have to admit– FUN too! Ha!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oops, I meant to sign the last comment. :-)

    Sherry Hubright

  8. wxjeff says:

    Perhaps Milton is available for lessons 😉 You did fine, bro…

    Andy and I had a great "catch up" lunch today and one of the topics was driving/riding in Teguc.

  9. Tucker says:

    I must say, as one who was transported by Trey in Honduras, everything he says is accurate. However, he is far from the ability of being a local. As one who rode in the back of the vehicle in which he commanded, he drives with wreckless abandon. My tailbone and misaligned spine are proof.
    Want to see Trey with road rage…meet a bus in a dark alley with no headlights and only room for a pack mule (grrr is an understatement). Im happy just to say, I survived riding in Honduras, even if it was with Trey Morgan behind the wheel. It's proof, there really is a God and He loves me very much.

  10. LAW says:

    I remember my first time driving in the US after being in Nigeria. I was driving on Interstate 40 outside Knoxville and had to pull off the road and just close my eyes. I was getting dizzy from all those striped lines in the road and nothing to dodge. Sounds like driving in Hondo is like Nigeria – a real-live video game.

  11. Melissa W. says:

    I love driving in Hondo!!!

  12. Marty Duane says:

    LOL. Priceless. I love to hear what people's thoughts are about driving in 3rd world countries. I sorta grew up in Africa, so I'm very accustomed to the driving in these countries. Sounds like you had fun!!!

  13. wisemanb says:

    I am SO not going through Childress on our way to Amarillo in two weeks! LOL

  14. Gary says:

    Sounds like an absolute blast. On a more serious note, I'm glad you didn't have an accident. You know as a foreigner, you would most certainly be found the one at fault in a society where the only crime you could commit is to go broke.

  15. TREY MORGAN says:

    Jeff … Milton will scare two years of your life off of you. :)

    Tuck … the bus… still shaking my head over that one.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Trey, you are hilarious! The one about the bus got me too that night!! And yes, Milton, is a crazy driver…in a fun way, kinda!

    Tami

  17. Katherine says:

    Ha, man that sounds like China, too! I am even brave enough to get on a bike WITH all of those crazy drivers!! 😉

    Sounds a lot like Mexico, too-especially Mexico City.

    Yes, people have horns just for the fun of it 😉

  18. Marc T says:

    Here are a few road rules that are ok here but would be frowned on in the states –
    1. Even if the road looks like a two lane highway, if it is wide enough for 3 cars, it is a 3 lane highway.
    2. If necessary to use a sidewalk to get where you need to go, use it.
    3. U – turns are absolutely acceptable unless expressly forbiden – and then once you pass the sign, it is ok.
    4. Electronic turn signals mean nothing. You are required to reach out of the window and point to the car in the other lane for permission to change lanes.
    5. It is ok to jump the curb median or highway divider to make a u-turn – unless the curb is too high.
    6. Traffic signals and stop signs are only there for suggestions.
    7. If you are stopped at a police post, it is good to greet the officer with a hand shake (palming a few limpera – hondo money). They love to shake hands with all visitors!
    8. If you are a non-spanish speaking visitor and fail to follow number 7, you will hear the word "infraction" and see the policeman frowning.
    9. If you can pass more than 3 vehicles on a blind curve – with oncoming traffic (remember 3 wide roads), you will automatically be granted a lifetime Honduras driving permit.
    10. If you are a passenger in the vehicle described in number 9 and act fearful, you will be banned from returning to Honduras.

  19. Rodney Olsen says:

    I've cycled in India a couple of times. Amazing crazy.

    I must say that I don't fear much at all when I'm cycling back in Australia these days. If I survived Indian traffic I can survive almost anything.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Crowell Girl: Come to Houston and there are similar ethnic areas you could have similar experiences!

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