Following up on one of the Puerto Rico random facts we mentioned last week, I caught up with my partner Blaine to talk more about his experiences on this trip. My typing could barely keep up with him. He had so many things to say about driving in Puerto Rico that I had to publish a post just about that gringo’s perspective. Here it is!
Driving in Puerto Rico: The gringo perspective
* The roads? Uneven. What we went through to go zip lining in Puerto Rico:
* It’s how you’d imagine driving in South America would be like.
* The cars are fast, due to men acting all macho, trying to impress the homies.
* Your own personal breaking has to be judged by the car in front of you and its family chemistry: Are they all getting along? Is there a giant secret being told right before your eyes, causing the woman to slap the man? This all needs to be taken into consideration. All of a sudden, you become very in-tune with shadows.
* After 2 days of driving, you come to a realization: The signs are built by men in the local towns. Meaning, they look at them and say: “C’mon, you know where you are! You don’t need this sign any higher.” This, in turn, makes you start driving in Puerto Rico like everyone else: Suddenly cutting people off, changing lanes without signaling, making turns in areas you should not been turning in, etc.
* I was comforted to know that at police blockades, they mostly check for paperwork and not automotive safety standards such as working break lights.
* After 2 days driving in Puerto Rico, I realized that I had broken break lights in the middle of a rural town. In the states, this would cost me a hefty fine. But in the island, after seeing broken break lights in 1 out of every 5 cars, I realized I was among amigos.
* After driving in Puerto Rico for a few hours, you’ll suddenly start speaking (I mean cursing) in Spanish.
* If you are following a Puerto Rican, you must stay on their ass. Otherwise, you’ll be panicking at a red light as you see your Boricua girlfriend’s mother stop in the middle of a 4-lane road after running the yellow-to-red light.
TLTR – Puerto Rico: You’re in South America, so drive like it.
Stay tuned as I interview locals for their take on driving in Puerto Rico next week!
Have you ever gone driving in Puerto Rico? What was it like?