Driving in China is an absolute free-for-all! Good luck if you are used to rules and the way things “are supposed to be…”
It doesn’t matter if it’s 1km or across the city, people are everywhere just by the very nature of the population. Now even more visible with the increase in incomes & more people able to drive a car. Notice I underline “able” cause that just means they have the money, doesn’t mean they know anything about actually driving the car….
Most days I see 2 or 3 almost accidents. Don’t know how but they come so close to having a pileup and the first guy just turns at the right time. Interesting. I have heard it best described as organized chaos.
The other difference is speed. Coming from the west, my idea of transport is to get there as fast as possible but theirs is simpler. Just A to B. So while I’m speeding by usually I’m met by an old lady who could care less.
But be careful because there are commercial trucks, busses, etc that can really hurt someone. And of course, many have inadequate safety measures like keeping the materials inside covered. There is only one rule. DON’T GET KILLED! If you abide by this rule, everyone else will too.
Just because you are going on a red light or going down the wrong side of the road means nothing as long as you are abiding by the above rule.
In fact, it’s common to see 3 or 4 people riding on a motorbike. Sometimes a family (Child(ren),Mother, Father), so I’m thinking to myself one bump and the whole generation is gone! Wow…
I’ve seen cars blatantly crossing thru red lights if they felt no one was coming and parking in very weird places but there’s just too many cars!! Where are you supposed to park?
Don’t know, I’m happy to see the rapid expansion of the fast train. This means less people will have to drive. Makes it easy, convenient & affordable to take public transportation.
Could you imagine if every family in China that was “able”, bought a car? Would be impossible to get anywhere.
Be safe & if you drive in China please don’t forget the rule…