Originally Posted by itsmerohan
For the benefit of all in this sforum. Let me remind you guys every country comes with it's own set of typical driving styles and traffic conditions and that too change several times over in within the country itself. So generalizing and passing lose comments is not a good thing or right thing to do.
Although I concede that Charlie could have perhaps been more circumspect in how he worded his warning, I don't think he meant any malice, and I do think that the general gist of what he wrote was both correct and well-intentioned.
I visited your city this summer on a business trip. It was my first visit to your country and I was fascinated, absolutely charmed by your country and I cannot wait to get a month of time off from work, buy a moto in India, and then ride around for a month. All that notwithstanding, I was quite horrified with the general driving practices in New Delhi - and I'm not a neophyte to travel, I've lived and worked in Africa for close to 20 years, and ridden over 100,000 km through just about all the countries in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.
It is true that 'each country has it's own driving style', but I think it is fair to say that the sheer density of traffic in major Indian cities, and the enormous variety of vehicles (especially cargo vehicles!) is something that you would not see anywhere else in the world. Add into that the general selfishness of the drivers (in the literal sense of the word), and you have a combination of risks that will initially be almost overwhelming for someone who is used to riding or driving in a more regulated environment.
By way of illustration, India has 16.8 traffic fatalities per 100,000 citizens per year, Canada has 9.2. But... I suspect that the percentage of citizens who own vehicles in Canada is likely significantly higher than the percentage of citizens who own vehicles in India. Do the math...