On Thai roads people drive on the left. Strangely enough:
Right-side flashing indicator lights tell the vehicle behind that they may pass / overtake.
Left-blinking lights indicate that it's not safe for them to pass / overtake.
To me this is extremely dangerous - flashers have more than one meaning:
- To indicate to others my intention
- To advise others what to do
Sometimes these different meanings are in conflict with each other.
For example, in turning right:
If I use with my right flashers, others may take this a a signal to pass me as I'm turning, causing an accident (either with myself turning or with the oncoming traffic)
If I indicate left and pull over to the road's left side to allow those behind me to pass, they may not pass me as I'm using the same signal that tells them not to pass.
Motorbikes often drive slower than cars as they don't use full leather gear due to the heat. Cars expect bike riders to drive slower, and to receive signals regarding passing.
I live on Koh Phangan where there are no multi-lane roads. Sometimes there is not enough space for a car to pass to on left side without slowing to about 15km/h if I'm near the middle turning right.
How do I safely turn right if there is no turning lane?