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Title: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on May 26, 2015, 12:45:26 PM
The other day I was driving to Nonsung and followed this car.
I could not see the driver, as the driver was very short, I could only see the back of the seat head rest, the windows where tinted so I was not able to see in the side mirrors.

I hope most other people don't drive like this. It looks like this one is a good candidate for the population control statistics.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg5onIzm1cs

Sorry no sound I deleted my running commentary as I was following this driver.

KC
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Alfie on May 26, 2015, 03:43:39 PM
It doesn't look too bad to me, KC. Road positioning could be a bit better but reasonable otherwise. What did you think was bad about it?
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: sjbrownderby on May 26, 2015, 03:49:05 PM
Most other people don't drive like that. Here in Thailand they are generally much worse.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: caller on May 26, 2015, 03:49:38 PM
Have to agree with Alfie, compared to what else I have seen here, this doesn't seem so bad.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on May 26, 2015, 04:06:21 PM
yes most is OK but overtaking on a corner with on coming traffic and then being in the middle of the lane when wanting to turn into another with the pickup coming out the driver is not looking around, no spacial awareness at all.

KC1
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: gatorsoft on May 26, 2015, 04:06:55 PM
I thought I was just obtuse because I couldn't see what was wrong.  Just another day on the road in Thailand as far as I can see.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: ben on May 26, 2015, 04:48:21 PM
TIT,
I 've seen much worse,...
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: rdrokit on May 26, 2015, 07:37:32 PM
I wish everyone drove that well in Thailand. They were driving in the correct direction, at a good speed, mostly on their side of the rode and actually used their turn signals.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Pompui on May 27, 2015, 12:07:38 AM
I would guess that it was either:

1. A little old man or lady that passed their test 30 years ago and doesn't see the need to go and renew their licence every 5 years.
2. A kid that is underage and doesn't have a licence
3. A drunk or druggy that thinks that if they follow the lines in the middle of the road then the police won't suspect they are drunk as they won't be weaving all over the road
4. A pilot or someone that has played too many flight sims (airplanes always stay in the middle of the runway)
5. A mother on her way to take/pick up the kids from school, driving with one hand while chatting about the latest wrinkle cream with her friends on Line. (Get it? Wrinkles lines, Line messaging app, road lines. Ok, I'll stop now. Incidentally, I did notice the person actually stopped at a stop sign with a solid white line or maybe they got confused because the lines they were following suddenly turned left and stopped).
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Hector on May 27, 2015, 07:00:07 AM
Stone me KiwiC, I don't know how long you have been in Thailand, but whoever was driving the car in front of you would have qualified as an advance driving instructor over here!  I agree with the other replies; I see far, far worse almost every day here.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on May 27, 2015, 09:25:02 AM
Pompui,

Your number 5 hits that very well as it was the school in Nonsung that the driver was going to.
There is one place the driver stopped but had the right of way, no stop no white line, the other road had the stops signs. But from experience most don't stop on the other cross road.

Hector,
I am afraid that the video does not seem to give the relevant view as when one is close behind the driver, it looked worse when I was behind the car.
Been here almost 4 years now and yes have seen a lot worse but now with the dash cam I can record and post on Youtube. I figure its cheap ins for me just in case I am right.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Bournemouth on May 28, 2015, 07:28:08 PM
 It's just a student driving back to Non Sung High School, after having a liquid lunch.

 Drove quiet well I thought for a Thai.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: caller on June 28, 2015, 10:22:13 AM
Personally, I wouldn't feel safe riding a bike on any of the main roads in Korat. I don't really feel safe when I'm driving!
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on June 28, 2015, 10:58:32 AM
Anton,

Unless they are on a Motor scooter the drivers here, especially the ladies have NO spacial awareness.
I tried to teach my wife's daughter to drive, in the end I would not let her drive on the street, just around the local village here in korat. Hopeless at any thing near what I was trying to teach her.

Although she did take a private lesson with one of the local driving schools and did pass her driving test. This to me shows the very low standard of examination here. A couple of months ago I read where there was a suggestion that the government examiners should take a prospective driver for a road test in their car, but the examiners protested that it would be TOO DANGEROUS for them and the idea seemed to die. I rest my case on Driving in Thailand.

Ok I am going to rant here, you can read on or ignore this.

I have been driving for over 51 years, first in New Zealand then in Canada and now in Thailand, I retired in 2009 and lived in NZ or a couple of years, then came to live here where I am still living, but in 2013 I bought a house in Ontario Canada where we are planning on moving to when my wife retires (some time soon). As I bought a house 1/2 way between Ottawa & Montreal it is imperative to have a car to get around. Note I had never had a DL in Ontario only BC & Quebec!
I had a car lined up before I left Thailand and the buyer was waiting for me the week after I arrived. I checked with the Ontario GOV, I need insurance before I can register car, Ok , go to broker show my NZ DL as my Quebec one had expired and he said sorry need Ontario DL. Back to Ontario Gov department, as a New Zealander I had to do the full Driving test, sit the written test,  both road tests, city and highway. Normally a first time driver has to wait 1 year between the tests but as I had been driving for 48 years in Canada they said I could take the tests back to back. Oh I also had to get an ORIGINAL letter from the New Zealand transport department showing the status of my driving record, Phoned the embassy in Ottawa and they gave me a web address in NZ and the next day I had a PDF letter of my record. NZ DOES NOT GIVE ORIGINALS.  I took this to Drive Ontario and the clerk was adamant that she needed an original, I told her she would not get one as NZ does not give original, PDF copies are the only one I would get. After  checking with her supervisor and a call to head office in Toronto they accepted my NZ copy.

I did not mind doing the test as after a few years one does tend to get a little rusty, I even told my examiner, an ex bus driver that as a commercial driver he had to go for updates on a regular basis and we agreed that ALL drivers should have to retest after say 5 or 10 years also similar to airline pilots.

Now the icing on the cake was when I learned that if I was from Australia or the UK then all one needs to do is sit the written exam and one gets their license. I asked why was this as NZ, Awstrailia (that rock of the west coast of NZ) and Poverty Rock next to Europe, all drive on the left side of the road why discriminate against NZ, they did not know the answer. 
To put it in the correct political terms its the NZ immigration policy, or lack of. If you have money you are welcome. The first influx was from Hong Kong when it went back to China, after that it was the Korean's and then the wealthy Chinese. They come to NZ long enough to get NZ citizenship then they are off around the world as Kiwi's. They have defaced the value of the NZ passport. Despicable.

Sorry to rant but just my $0.02 worth
Kiwi Canadian

Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Hector on June 28, 2015, 02:18:51 PM
I'm speechless..... what a pity some others aren't too!  Phew!
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: caller on June 28, 2015, 03:42:03 PM
What is poverty rock?  ???
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on June 28, 2015, 05:11:08 PM
What is poverty rock?  ???

That is what we colonials called the bunch of islands just west of the French and Belgian coasts, or in other words on the west side of the Engrish Channewl ;D
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: caller on June 28, 2015, 09:09:34 PM
Ah, colonial humour. Yes, that would explain it. We obviously didn't ship out any comedians then!
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on June 28, 2015, 09:24:07 PM
yes you did, sent them along with the bread snatchers to Awsrtrailia just look at one of the descendants Rolf Harris !!!!!
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on June 29, 2015, 09:30:13 AM
KiwiCanadian, did you ever read Elizabeth Goudge's 1944 novel "Green Dolphin Country"? If you love New Zealand and good readings, I recommend it. It is largely set in a wild area of colonial New Zealand in the 19th Century. In 1947 it was adapted for the silver screen as "Green Dolphin Street", with great special effects for the time.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on June 29, 2015, 11:26:10 AM
Thanks Anton,

I did hear of the book many years ago when I was growing up in Aotearoa, (Maori for NZ, Translates to "Land of the long white cloud")

But unfortunately I have not read it, I will try to see if I can get it on line.

KC
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on July 27, 2015, 05:49:35 PM
Shortly after 11 am this morning I was waiting in line at the Big C traffic light, coming from Yamo going towards The Mall. Immediately to my right there were 2 students on a scooter, and beyond them a tuk tuk attached by double rope to a car, as for towing it. As the line started moving, and the tuk tuk with it, naturally the ropes stretched out, so much that one of them suddenly got torn off with a slash and went very close to the students, perhaps even touching one of them. The tuk tuk driver uttered out something aloud ("Wow!") and kept going. Just after the crossing he moved to the fast lane, maybe with the intention of turning at the next traffic light.

Last week I was cycling in the same direction on Mitthapap, early afternoon. Opposite The Mall, just before reaching the entrance to their external parking lot, a pickup that was circulating in the same direction next to me suddenly lost a long metal rod of the kind they use to mount scaffolding for buildings, like those in the photo below. It was at least 2 m long. It got immediately stuck under the front wheels of the following vehicle and dragged along for a good 20 m before that vehicle managed to stop. Much noise and confusion but nobody hurt.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: happylarry on April 10, 2016, 03:19:50 PM
You seem to be everywhere with that camera of yours Anton, did you used to be a reporter in your day?
HL  ;D
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: KiwiCanadian on April 10, 2016, 05:30:50 PM
I was wondering when that would happen. We use this road during rush hour to get to the mall.

KCanadian
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on April 10, 2016, 06:44:18 PM
I was wondering when that would happen

I can only say that I took the photo at around 3 pm, I didn't see it happening, I don't know at what time it happened.

You seem to be everywhere with that camera of yours Anton, did you used to be a reporter in your day?

Never, HL. It's the miracles of technology: I'm just using my phone... Everybody can be a photoreporter today.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Pompui on April 10, 2016, 06:58:27 PM
This road is notorious for accidents due to its straight nature and bad driving of the local population. In the past year there have been at least 2 cars driven into the river at the Homepro end and there always white paint lines on the road somewhere showing the outline of a motorbike or car(s). The main set of traffic lights are a bad place as well, so many people try to overtake or undertake just to jump the queue and save a couple of minutes.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Alfie on April 10, 2016, 10:28:04 PM
It's a busy stretch of road with a lot of junctions so there's bound to be a lot of accidents. Junctions are a weakness of the the Thai driving "method". Also, coming off the bypass heading towards the Mall there's a sharp bend as the road crosses the irrigation canal and the road splits into two single lanes. The first time my wife drove along there, she almost took the wrong lane. Luckily I was there to tell her to stop before we had a head on crash!

Today on Mitrapap Road, I saw two accidents within a mile of each other. There's bound to be many more in the next 7 days! 
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on June 14, 2016, 10:17:18 AM
The Workpoint's News Youtube channel offers everyday new videos of accidents on Thai roads as recorded by surveillance cameras and private dashcams, taken from their daily news broadcasts. Here are just a few recent ones among those involving motorcycles: beware of harsh scenes. First one from yesterday, others in reverse chronological order. Workpoint's News - ข่าวเวิร์คพอยท์ is a general entertainment TV channel, now set at no. 1 in KCTV's standard list.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjEm0HHBXqE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT1BntA3-y4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rbLLFh86Ec


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqNz9dGrq5M


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwpzL2mdSeM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MlCmu38zy4
Title: Re: Driving to Ban Pang I saw this
Post by: Roger on September 11, 2016, 09:12:22 AM
Twice now. Coming south on H106 from Ban Hong to Ban Pang in darkness.
A dimly lit pick up driving ahead of me in the middle of the road - sheltering an unlit motorbike swerving all over both lanes - the driver drunk I suppose.
Then yesterday, a pick up ahead and when I managed to pass safely, it revealed another motorbike all over the road, but this driver had his wife and a baby on board as well.
(It's 2 way traffic on this road). Shocking just shocking.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on August 31, 2017, 05:48:32 PM
A car with Nakhon Ratchasima plates refuses giving way to an emergency vehicle. It reminded me of an old "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode, titled "Road Hog" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508237/?ref_=ttep_ep11).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6UvDHGLLEM
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Alfie on September 01, 2017, 08:32:05 PM
Poor show from the car driver but the ambulance driver wasn't much better. He could have easily passed the car and he could have shut his mouth instead of polluting the ambulance with unnecessary noise. He was also driving too close to the car in front.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: sfs on September 02, 2017, 01:51:28 AM
Driving that close is so dangerous another accident waiting to happen.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on September 04, 2017, 10:16:55 AM
This happend yesterday morning in Chum Phuang district, Nakhon Ratchasima province. Quickly shared on socials, covered in this morning's news to try identify the hit-and-run driver who caused the accident. Fortunately, nobody injured.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t47ykRpwNPY


Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on September 09, 2017, 06:52:10 PM
This was just uploaded so I suppose it happened today. Location should be on road 226, connecting Korat to Buriram, about 2 and 1/2 km after the Hua Thale fork direction Buriram. That's near a PTT station and almost in front of Ban Non Farang Health Centre. Keep an eye on the black car coming down from the right side at 0:41.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Qqg6gQ-oE
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on September 19, 2017, 12:14:23 PM
This happened last night in Joho (?). Camera timer obviously set wrong. Notice how recklessly motorcycle overtakes on the left before the crash.

Motorcycle passenger who flew over the car is a 3-month pregnant woman. According to first examinations at Maharat Hospital, fetus would be unharmed; time will tell over next 3 days. If I understand well, witness providing this video is a professional nurse. See her walking to the scene at 0:37 and running back to the car at 1:06.

Can anybody identify the temple in the background?

At 0:12 a man is heard talking in English (?) in the car, probably the same man seen entering from the left at 2:41. A K-F member maybe?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqrPu2SY_Nw
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on September 19, 2017, 04:00:27 PM
This happened last night in Joho (?)

No, it was on Mukkramonti downtown, next to Toffee store and in front of Wat Nong Chabok (http://korat-farang.com/forum/index.php?topic=8410.msg63044#msg63044), seen on the background. Car with dashcam is waiting inside what should be Soi Mukkramonti 3.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Alfie on September 19, 2017, 05:36:40 PM
Here's the link for Google Street map view of the location.

https://www.google.co.th/maps/@14.9721895,102.0702317-soi prasopsuk (https://www.google.co.th/maps/@14.9721895,102.0702317,3a,75y,346.57h,87.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sX_A5eEgugzYMEeRJTOJu8g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)

It's a nice looking temple.

https://www.google.co.th/maps/@14.9723068,102.0702235,3a,66.1y,346.96h,89.08t/Mukhamontri Road (https://www.google.co.th/maps/@14.9723068,102.0702235,3a,66.1y,346.96h,89.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snpQIn-v4yQtQE8lIasQq3w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)

The man sounds Scottish. The Thai text gives a common Scottish surname for the woman - Anderson.
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on October 04, 2017, 06:07:02 PM
Pickup crashes into somtam shop in Nakhon Ratchasima (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30328441)

A speeding pickup crashed into a somtam shop at a roadside in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang district on Wednesday morning, injuring the shop owner.

The Nation full article (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30328441)
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on October 17, 2017, 08:19:24 AM
Video uploaded this morning. Traffic light outside Korat's bus station. Accident happens at 0:37.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz-wtiRHT6M
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Alfie on October 17, 2017, 03:33:43 PM
He's lucky to be alive!
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on November 28, 2017, 07:34:52 AM
One dead, one seriously injured in this accident on Sikhio-Dan Khun Tod highway yesterday afternoon. It is believed that pick-up driver fell asleep at the wheel. See at 0:35:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkS9RoGSFGk





Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on December 13, 2017, 03:49:16 PM
Self-explaining video showing a rather heavy metal debris falling out from a 10-wheeler upon the following car's windshield. On Pak Chong Bypass, Nakhon Ratchasima. Video uploaded today.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBa8qhswL5Y
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Alfie on December 24, 2017, 10:40:45 AM
Here's a similar type of incident to the one above ^, but unfortunately this one led to the loss of life of a female motorcyclist.


Quote
Shocking moment motorcyclist is killed in Thailand after tyre comes loose from a lorry and smashes into her head

Apinya Sotthong, 28, died after severe head injuries and a broken neck

The incident was caught on video. It happened in Nakhon Pathom on December 8.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwI2vdU9b1U
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on December 29, 2017, 06:05:07 PM
Here's a similar type of incident to the one above ^, but unfortunately this one led to the loss of life of a female motorcyclist.

This one happened in Nonthaburi Province 2 days ago. A whole container fell off a lorry and crushed a car as seen in the photo. Click on the photo for the full report (source: The Nation 28.12.2017). You will read that something similar happened also in Pathum Thani Province in 2014.


http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30334907 (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30334907)
Title: Re: Driving to Nonsung I saw this
Post by: Anton on April 20, 2018, 09:26:12 AM
Same pattern as in three last posts above. Huge object falling from the sky here.



CAR NARROWLY ESCAPES 'THAI UFO' (VIDEO) (http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2018/04/19/car-narrowly-escapes-thai-ufo-video/)
 
BANGKOK — A construction company owner apologized Thursday after a metallic object plummeted from the skies onto a road north of Bangkok.

Chamnan Meewai of V and P Global Ltd. told reporters there a silo containing concrete exploded when a team attempted to move it, sending the lid hurtling a great distance. The object narrowly missed a car traveling north of Bangkok in Pathum Thani, but no one was injured.

Video of the strike went viral on social media, where many lampooned it as Thai-style UFO.

Chamnan said the company would pay for damages to the vehicle.

Source: Khaosodenglish (http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/crimecourtscalamity/2018/04/19/car-narrowly-escapes-thai-ufo-video/)





See also:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N53DQJEvoUg