Every social media user in Pakistan knows famous vlogger Shahveer Jafry. The guy has over 3 million subscribers on YouTube and a huge fan base on other social platforms. So we thought we would feature him in one of our Owner’s Review episodes, but then we found out that Shahveer had spent most of his life in Canada. In fact, he just returned to Pakistan two years ago. Things got better, and we got a comparison of the driving trends and habits of Canadian and Pakistani cars.
1. The roads in Canada are impeccably clean; the roads in Pakistan are a scary mess.
Almost everyone here complains about garbage on the road without acknowledging that we are the ones throwing the garbage out of car windows. The roads in Canada and other developed countries are clean because of the people there. Pakistanis need to understand that clean roads start with YOU.
“When I moved here in 2019, I went to McDonald’s with some of my Canadian friends. We were in line when we saw a brand new Audi A6. The driver took his order, pulled the car out of line, opened the window, and threw the package on the road. I was so disappointed to see someone driving a top class car do such a shameful thing, ”Shahveer said.
2. You will see underage drivers all over Pakistan, nowhere in Canada.
Shahveer told us that driving by minors is a serious offense in Canada. While in Pakistan, it is a common sight. In our country, children aged 12 and 14 ride motorcycles and even cars, and no one blinks. Even though the police spot such cases, they do the dirty business and let the children go.
“I was 12 when I started driving my father’s car. It was a red Santro, and I had lowered its bumpers. Still, I could see the road behind the wheel. I was driving with my friends, and the police would stop us on the road, take a few laps with us in the car, then ask mithai k paise before letting us go. I was so young that I didn’t know what it meant. But now I realize they were asking for bribes (rishwat). “
3. It is out of the question to drive a car without a license plate in Canada, a common practice in Pakistan.
Canada and Pakistan both allow personalized license plates for cars. The difference is that you cannot take the car on the road without the license plate. In Pakistan, we see hundreds and thousands of unlicensed vehicles on the roads.
4. Auto insurance is an option in Pakistan, a must in Canada.
You simply cannot drive an uninsured car in Canada; it’s illegal. In Pakistan, it does not matter. You can receive car insurance if you want or not and call him haram, like most people do.
5. Canadians obey traffic rules. Pakistanis say humari route, humari marzi.
Pakistani drivers are the most reckless beings in the world. No one cares about lanes, speed limits, or any other traffic rules. Everyone is a player and the roads are their playground. For someone who lived in Canada for so many years and then moved to Pakistan, it is shocking how people drive so recklessly. .
“Anytime I’m in a friend’s car and they aren’t wearing a seat belt or driving recklessly, I pull out my phone, film it, identify their accounts and post it on social media. social. So now my friends who have never followed traffic rules in their lives do so with the fear of being exposed on social media in front of millions of people, ”Shahveer said.
Car buying process
When it comes to buying cars, Canada and other countries have a push system. Pakistan has an attraction system.
Canada: Go to the showroom, give them the money and take the car home.
Pakistan: go to the showroom, pay the money in advance, then wait months to get the car.
In Pakistan, sellers first scare the buyer with late deliveries, trying to get them to pay ON money. If the buyer does what he wants, he takes full payment plus the ON and delivers the car anyway within days. Otherwise, they charge the amount of the reservation in advance and make the delivery after a few months.
There is no way out. If you want the car in a few days, you have to pay thousands of extra dollars, even lakes, on behalf of ON. And if you don’t, you have to wait months to get the car.
Shahveer was lucky enough to buy his dream car in Canada. It was the 2018 Mercedes C300 Coupe, and the buying process was simple and straightforward.
“I went to the showroom, and they had the car available for sale. I paid it and they gave me the bill and the keys on the spot. I went to the showroom the next day and drove the car home.
Automobile financing process
Financing a car is the best thing in Canada. This is why almost all households own a car. People have the option of financing or leasing cars. Either way, they get the car on a down payment and then pay monthly installments for a certain period. With auto financing, the car becomes theirs after this period. In case of rental, the car returns to the showroom.
In Pakistan, only a handful of people know what auto finance is and how to use this service. PakWheels has partnered with the leader automobile financing service providers to enable more and more people to buy and own cars.
Driver’s license process
Getting a driver’s license in Canada is not easy. You need to do your homework, learn to drive, and be a good responsible driver. Shahveer completed a seven-day course with a professional driving instructor to pass the driving test.
Here in Pakistan, the driver’s license process is not as fair as it should be. They just check if you can drive (sometimes not even) and give you a license. They don’t care whether you are familiar with the ethics of the road or not.
Having said that, the government has made the driver’s license process easy and smooth. You can apply for a home driving license on the traffic police website and even take a driving test online. Select the appointment according to your convenience, take the test and your driver’s license will be issued to you if you pass.
Last but not least, the car price difference between the two countries is HUGE. VSArs are cheap in Canada, so anyone can afford them. Car prices in Pakistan are incredibly high; only the elite can afford it. Let’s talk about numbers and see how big the price difference is.
Shahveer’s brother recently bought a Ford F-150 Truck in Canada for $ 3,000. In Pakistani rupees, this equates to nearly Rs. 4.5 at 5 lakes. Now if he had bought the same truck here in Pakistan it would have cost him a fortune of Rs. 1 to 1.5 crore.
The point of this whole discussion is to talk about these issues and initiate change. If we want to make our country a better place and even bring it closer to Canada from afar, we need to change our driving habits and be more responsible on the road.
Do not throw garbage on the roads.
Don’t let your underage children drive. Make sure they get their driver’s license first.
Do not drive cars without license plates.
Insure your cars.
Follow the traffic rules and try to improve your driving skills.
Remember, change starts with YOU.