7 Reasons There is Always Traffic in Palestinian Cities

7 Reasons There is Always Traffic in Palestinian Cities

1. Infrastructure of Roads

Because the towns have been in existence for centuries, most of the cities have one main road and all the alleys and neighborhood roads lead to that main road. 

Mother asks, "Where have you been? It has been ten years since I've seen you." Son answers, "I have been here mother. I was stuck in traffic all this time."

Mother asks, "Where have you been? It has been ten years since I've seen you."
Son answers, "I have been here mother. I was stuck in traffic all this time."

2. Palestinians Drive Everywhere!

It is as if walking is not culturally acceptable, so everyone drives. Even if they want to go shopping to a nearby place, they always drive there. 

(While it is true that most areas are hilly, which makes walking with groceries harder, there are ways to do so without using a vehicle.) 

3. Too Many Cars

There are simply too many cars in the street, especially when schools finish for the day and parents rush to pick up their kids.

(An easy way to know is to ask how many cars does each household have?) 

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4. Bad Parking 

Palestinians park their cars in the road, at times making the road even narrower than it already is! 

5. Selfish Drivers

Drivers expect others to wait for them and allow them to make quick stops. Whether it is to quickly run into the store and buy something, pick up an elderly relative in the middle of the road, or the amount of time it takes to just shake someone’s hand and have a thorough ‘How are you?” greeting, Palestinians are surprised when the drivers behind them honk or question their stops. 

6. Extended Shops

Some shops regard the road as part of their shop, and therefore they display some of their products on the street! This narrows the roads for drivers forcing them to slow down. 

7. Pedestrian Kamikazes

When Palestinians want to cross a street in their town, they just do! They start crossing the road, and drivers are expected to stop for them. Sometimes it is the other way around, and cars simply drive through crowds like on the old market roads. 

 

 

In conclusion, driving in Palestinian towns is not a fun and relaxing activity. The combination of cultural and structural reasons make the drive almost unbearable, and people get really agitated when driving. Sometimes it is easy for us to be upset when others make our drive longer, but we forget that we make the same mistakes too. I think we can definitely work on the things we can change before we blame others. 

 
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