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Re: Life is Cool In Taiwan

Postby Mordeth » 23 Apr 2012, 09:39

Rennes wrote:Why on earth was someone chasing you?


Well sometimes it's from simply honking at someone like Jesus80 said. But I used to have a lot more road rage issues when I was new to Taiwan and I would regularly give people the middle finger. I rarely do that anymore.
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Re: Life is Cool In Taiwan

Postby jesus80 » 23 Apr 2012, 11:31

Mordeth wrote:
Rennes wrote:Why on earth was someone chasing you?


Well sometimes it's from simply honking at someone like Jesus80 said. But I used to have a lot more road rage issues when I was new to Taiwan and I would regularly give people the middle finger. I rarely do that anymore.


Yup, I also have given the finger a couple of times with funny consequences... but you don´t need to give the finger or even blow the horn anybody to get troubles. One big car was waving in and out the lanes as if he were ridding a scooter instead of driving a big car as he was doing indeed, and as we stopped in one traffic light I moved my hand in the same way he was driving. The guy took this as a big offence and decided to try to scare me using similar tactics than the blue van´s. What scared me the most is to find out that inside the car there were two or three children receiving an excellent example of how to became a good taiwanese driver....
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Re: Life is Cool In Taiwan

Postby maunaloa » 23 Apr 2012, 14:04

Especially touching are moms that run red lights with a car (or mini-SUV) full of children ... while yakking on their mobile phone. Most of the men red light runners are alone. Perhaps it's just that red light running is so common, and housewives tend to have kids in the car.
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Re: Life is Cool In Taiwan

Postby Ducked » 23 Apr 2012, 18:29

jesus80 wrote:
Mordeth wrote:
Rennes wrote:Why on earth was someone chasing you?


Well sometimes it's from simply honking at someone like Jesus80 said. But I used to have a lot more road rage issues when I was new to Taiwan and I would regularly give people the middle finger. I rarely do that anymore.


Yup, I also have given the finger a couple of times with funny consequences... but you don´t need to give the finger or even blow the horn anybody to get troubles. One big car was waving in and out the lanes as if he were ridding a scooter instead of driving a big car as he was doing indeed, and as we stopped in one traffic light I moved my hand in the same way he was driving. The guy took this as a big offence and decided to try to scare me using similar tactics than the blue van´s. What scared me the most is to find out that inside the car there were two or three children receiving an excellent example of how to became a good taiwanese driver....


I occaisionally (in extremis, but there's no shortage of that) use the "dick head" gesture, and sometimes a sort of palm or palms up (depending on the exigencies of steering) Oi Vay/My Hand to God/WTF? gesture.

Havn't had any trouble so far, I assume partly because they don't know what they mean.

Hope so anyway, because I are a wimpy English teecha with a bad leg, and I don't want no trouble.
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