joesax wrote:I think I more or less agree with you in principle but not in the way you've expressed it. Doing stupid and dangerous things is of course stupid and dangerous wherever you are.x08 wrote:... on a side note... I've noticed that driving "safely" here is quite often just as dangerous as not safely... because people expect you to do stupid and dangerous things, and your "safe" driving/riding just interrupts the flow of traffic..
Driving safely means being aware of the all-round road situation, predicting what's going to happen next, and planning what you're going to do about it. It does involve some degree of flexibility. Of course if fixating on a particular pattern of driving leads to more danger for yourself and others, then that's not safe driving, it's dangerous driving.
for example.. not flooring it the moment the lights turn orange? slowing down before turning onto another road? keeping in YOUR lane despite the fact that the stupid lanes aren't even straight?
.. and as for predicting what's gunna happen... well... we try our best, but they ride/drive so unpredictably here that it can be difficult sometimes.. though this primarily refers to old people, wannabe gangsters, taxi and bus drivers and mothers with more diamond rings than her children have underwear combined..
the only real SAFE way to drive here is either a) don't drive, or b) floor it until you're in front of everyone else and stay in front at a nice distance, dead in the centre of your directional side of the road (ie. on the line for 2 lanes your way) to keep the maximum clearance on each sid..
as such, i support the idea of the safety course.. but i also agree that the majority of taiwanese won't be interested... there's nothing wrong riding the wrong side of a high speed road where the wrong side is the INSIDE corner with absoloutely no visibility.. on your 50cc scooter that hasn't had it's oil changed in 5 years, and a toddler STANDING in the footwell.. oh and don't forget, helmets are only there to keep the cops off your back, not for safety.. same goes for mirrors..