Traffic: Functional Anarchy


The roads in Delhi were described to us as “functional anarchy.” This is a perfect description. It seems that no one follows the road rules that we observe in the United States. In Delhi, you can’t assume you have the right of way if you are going straight. Drivers often cut across the road, even if it means that oncoming traffic needs to stop to let them go. Fortunately, the chaos causes most cars and motorbikes to drive slower. We averaged around 20-40mph while driving within the limits of the city. It was slow enough that if something happened, we would probably be alright.