Day Sixty-nine: Bump in the Night

Cab drivers get out and inspect cars for damage.

Cab drivers get out and inspect cars for damage.

Driving in Shanghai is not for the faint of heart, drivers rarely stop for anything, choosing to blast their horn and swerve rather than apply their brakes and slow down. Westerners who are used to following traffic rules like left turn yields, or pedestrians in crosswalks have the right-of-way, have to adjust to the Chinese way of driving which is to completely disregard these rules. Tonight, during rush hour, the narrow streets in the Puxi part of town were, as usual, packed with cars, taxis, scooters and people. While waiting to cross the street I heard a large bang of metal-on-metal; apparently the yellow cab released his clutch before the cab in front of him moved. After checking their bumpers and shouting at each other, the drivers returned to their vehicles and drove off. I’m just surprised I don’t see more of these incidences.

2 thoughts on “Day Sixty-nine: Bump in the Night

  1. Shanghai’s roads are a battlefiled to me. I just drove to the arctic circle in Alaska on slippery icy road. Even that is more relaxing than Shanghai. But of course after a few weeks you will get use to it.

  2. I have been here six months, but don’t drive. As a former NYC cabdriver I know I could handle it, but I don’t think I’d ever overcome my desire to strangle all the other drivers.😉

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