A Popular Hobby in Saudi Arabia Is Driving on Two Wheels While Passengers Ride on Top
A popular hobby among young Saudi drivers is “sidewalk skiing,” which entails driving along a road on two wheels of the car only.
To make things more difficult, every passenger in the car may ride on top, the driver high-five a spectactor on the curb or pass over someone lying on the road.
Stunt driving in general is very popular in the Gulf countries among young men. Car drifting emerged after Riyadh was planned, and oil became the main driver of the economy. Wider roads and a wealth of cheap, fast and light japanese cars made drifting easier. Few entertainment options (there are no cinemas, no bars and clubs) and low traffic police coverage also contribute to this craze.
According to Saudi traffic authorities, at least 20 people — mostly young Saudi men — die per day to speeding, drifting or reckless driving. The Kingdom recently announced a significant increase in penalties, such as traffic fines and stricter legislation, in the hope that it will curb the phenomenon.