Subject: Recently Approved Driving Rules


For your information:

The new driving rules have now been approved by Transito and MOP.

Subject: FW: Panama Road Rules

Basic Rules for Driving in Panama City

* When on a one way street, stay to the right to allow oncoming
traffic to pass.

* Never, ever, stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under
the wheels of your car.

* The first parking space you see will be the last parking space
you see.  Grab it.

* Double-park downtown, unless triple-parking is available.

* Learn to swerve abruptly.  Panama City is the home of slalom
driving,  thanks to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which puts
potholes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on
their  toes.
 
* Never get in the way of a car that needs extensive body work.

* Always look both ways when running a red light.
 
* Honk your horn the instant the light changes.

* Breakdown lanes are not for breaking down, but for speeding,
especially during rush hour.  Breakdown lanes may also end without
warning causing traffic jams as people merge back in.

* Never use directional signals when changing lanes. They only warn
other drivers to speed up and not let you in.

* Making eye contact revokes your right of way.

* Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right.
 
* Whenever possible, stop in the middle of a crosswalk to ensure inconveniencing as many pedestrians as possible.  And if a pedestrian ahead of you steps into the road, speed up, honk or yell loudly and chase him back up on the curb.  Pedestrians have no rights.


Brought to you by CZBrats
(with a giggle)
October 5, 1998

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