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The question City driving

In a recent survey by Toyota, 4,000 drivers voted Birmingham the UK's worst city to drive in outside London.

Which do you think is the worst city in the world to drive in?

Surin in Thailand during the elephant festival. One small town centre full of 250 elephants, 10% of which are guaranteed to be on heat. Steer clear.

Mat Toy, 38, principal engineer, south east England

Damascus, Syria would be about as bad as it gets. There were unroadworthy cars, bicycles, ride-on lawnmowers and animals driving at random on the left, right or in the middle. Traffic lights, when not broken, were ignored. The roads were full of potholes and missing manhole covers. By some miracle I survived the drive.

John C Sreeves, 46, senior engineer, Swindon

On my way to and from working in Sumatra, I spent a couple of days in Jakarta. The world's most populous nation seemed to be on the road 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everything wanted to be on the road at the same time and all vehicles had complete disregard for each other. Coupled with random army and police checkpoints, passengers hanging off the side of every vehicle and the intense heat, it was scary yet fascinating. The best sight was a moped with six people of the same family on it and no sign of police.

Andrew Worby, 55, civil engineer/solicitor, Bath

My most scary experience was in Naples some 35 years ago.

They had just introduced a oneway system on most main roads, but the trams still ran two ways.

So going into a tunnel in my mini alongside four lanes of traffic I found myself facing a single headlight and a funny clanking noise was approaching rapidly from the opposite direction.

I had to take urgent avoiding action, trusting that the Italian drivers around me could look after themselves. Fortunately they did.

Anthony Taylor, 60, consultant, St Albans Having recently arrived to work London after three years in North America, I encountered congestion charging, parking restrictions, hidden speed traps and bus lanes halving the capacity for private vehicles, so my vote would have to go to London. However, during many years working in the Far East, Middle East, Asia and Europe, I must mention that Istanbul stood out as daunting initially but no serious problems were encountered. Therefore I conclude that my London training must have equipped me to cope elsewhere.

Reg Grimston, 67, vice president of development, NJ, USA

My most recent experience of dangerous roads must be in Houston, Texas. For some reason Texans have given up being laid back and now drive nose to tail at 80mph on busy roads. I saw one accident, which resulted in a petrol tanker being hit, which then caught fire. It's a dodgem ride out there.

Geoff Home, 54, director, North Yorkshire

Moscow. The clue is the jumbosized parabolic rear and side view mirrors securely fixed over every vehicle's standard issue mirrors with two sturdy rubber bands.

Provides great all-round vision of what is about to hit you.

Simon Lawrence, 31, senior engineer, Cardiff I would argue Bangkok, as stepping from a bus into a lane of moving traffic tends to focus your attention, particularly when the gap between the vehicles is so small that your rucksack is still in the bus preventing you from dodging the traffic even if you needed to.

Charis Fowler, 31, Midlands, Senior Engineer

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