The number of riders who used their left and right ear for calling seemed evenly split - even though the throttle and front brake are on the right. Go figure.
One of the most common accessories in many asian countries is a child seat that sits between the driver and the handlebars.
Less than a mile from here, about half an hour before I took this pic, Graham (my traveling companion) and I witnessed one of the greatest travesties of OHS in history. A 20 foot ladder, extending maybe 8 ft front and aft on a motorcycle, sitting on the motorcylists' two shoulders with their heads poking through.
A selection of innocent things that will kill you - dogs, pedestrians, bike and motorcycle riders are not necessarily this well ordered when you're on the road.
Dream up the weirdest contraptions you could possibly imagine, and you won't go half way to reality.
I threw this in mainly to illustrate how many bizarre uses can be found for a motorcycle when a car is simply too expensive. It's also a case of distracting driving rather than distracted driving.
The motorcycle rare fish shop.
I looked hard for the rider of this thing - I tried for 20 minutes to find him, but ... no luck.
The fish looked happy!
The lowest roadgoing vehicle in the foodchain is the bicycle - seven times more likely to die than a motorcycle and roughly 20 times more likely than a car. Talking on a mobile phone increases the risk.
Talking on a mobile phone on a motorcycle in the rain would have to be one of the most hazardous things I can think of - certainly one of the most dangerous things a normal person encounters.
Tuktuks in Laos come from a different branch of the family tree to those of other parts of Asia - they're all cut-and-shut-tf-up jobs and they all have a castor and rake of zero. I tried to find out why they all look so unnatural but ... failed.
Imagine finding yourself riding in the rain with an umbrella wrapped around your helmet. Maybe they make umbrella's stronger in Asia?
Tuktuk in Vientiane - this thing was close to the single worst piece of roadgoing machinery I have ever been aboard - it's only saving grace was that it could only muster around 40 km/h and the driver knew its limit
The distracted driving epidemic seems to know no bounds. With global road deaths set to exceed 1.5 million human beings in 2011, almost every country in the world continues to accept the mayhem on the roads as the cost of doing business. Distracted driving is the hot topic of the moment with research suggesting 5,800 U.S. traffic deaths last year were tied to motorists who failed to keep their eyes on the road. Another study claims American drivers are distracted between one-quarter and one-half of the time, two-thirds of drivers use a cell phone while driving, one-third used a cell phone routinely and observational studies suggest between 7% and 10% of all drivers are using a cell phone at any given time. If you think that's bad, you should see what happens in Asia. Mike Hanlon spent a few months on the road in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand - his photography of everyday motoring in largely motorcycle-mounted countries will leave you aghast.
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