I've just got back from a few weeks in and around the med - and a few things dawned on me.
1)The roads (quality of surface) are pretty poor, terrible in many places.
2) There are almost no road markings, period.
3) Crash barriers, central reservations are unheard of.
4) People APPEAR to drive like mad people ----
and yet despite all of this i never saw any accidents, no road rage, no stupid maneuvers - it all just seemed to work. At first I couldn't work out why it all worked so well when compared to the UK. The UK invests in lots of road safety - crossings, lane markings to show when to overtake and when not to, speed cameras, hatchings etc etc etc - all there to make the roads apparently safer - not to mention the general driving standard APPEARING to be higher in the UK - and yet within one morning back here I have seen a cyclist get carted, a 4x4 almost run several cars off the road, and one really pissed off white van man.
I've pondered this and have come to the conclusion that most of the problems we have in relation to roads here in the UK are down to the fact that people here believe they are in constant competition with every other road user - and giving any kind of ground is perceived to be a victory for the other and a loss for the driver. Where as abroad, people seem to appear to just SHARE the road. People still need to get to where they are going, times etc all still important, but drivers seem to just accept that they are sharing the road with other people.
I wonder if there is a way of showing people that they are sharing the road, and don't own it.