We've all been there. The accident had been cleared off the freeway, so you suspected the cars were going a bit slower than was really necessary for safety's sake. And admit it-- as you came up along side the crumpled vehicles, you eased off the gas a bit too. It was pathetic, but never fear, here in Guyana you can learn to give in to your morbid, rubbernecking tendencies without shame or abandon.
Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Re-orient your priorities. Your time (and that of the lady in the car behind you) is far less important than figuring out if that is blood or red paint.
2. Don't make any attempt to move to the side of the road as you slow down. The car behind you will be grateful for the excuse to slow down and rubberneck too.
3. Take a picture on your phone. In fact, make sure everyone in the car gets a picture on their individual phone. After each passenger gets a photo, one of them can take a picture for the driver.
4. If it's a house on fire or a really good accident, park so you can get out and take more pictures. Bonus points if your parking job obstructs traffic, giving other drivers more valuable rubbernecking time while they squeeze by.
5. If you are one of the rare people that actually wants to get by in a hurry, the best thing to do is drive down the wrong side of the street. This has the benefit of further slowing traffic to maximize accident viewing time for the on-coming traffic.
I have worked in economic policy and research in Washington, D.C. and Ghana. My husband and I recently moved to Guyana, where I am working for the Ministry of Finance. I like riding motorcycle, outdoor sports, foreign currencies, capybaras, and having opinions.