Are Hong Kong drivers the worst on the planet? Not according to the World Health Organisation, which cites India as having the highest number of fatal road accidents per capita. But it often feels like it, especially on weekday mornings when travelling along roads such as the Tolo Highway in the New Territories. At that time of the day, many of our motorists seem to have left any skills and manners they may have once had tucked up in bed. Why do so many feel the need to cut each other up and why don't they use the indicators? Leaving aside the boy racers and the posers in their Porsches, the average man or woman seems unaware of the rules and regulations of the Transport Department's road users' code, oblivious of other drivers and intent on breaking the land-speed record. These seem to be the road rules: 1) ignore speed limits; 2) never look in your mirrors; 3) swerve into the next lane without indicating and only when there is a gap of two inches or less to fit into; 4) swerve back into the path of another car; 5) only overtake buses on narrow roads or hairpin bends. Quite how the city's drivers avoid more frequent multiple pile-ups remains a mystery.