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Time for us to say bad things about Korea! Oh, this is so worrisome. I know some netizen who has never seen the rest of our videos will stumble on this one only, and then think that we’re American pigs who hate Korea and should go back home if we hate it so much!!! (we get called American pigs a lot by angry Korean netizens, by the way…especially when we didn’t like some Korean traditional beverages). So, if you’re a Korean Netizen seeing us for the first time, let us say this:

Hello Korean Netizen! We do not hate Korea! We say lots of nice things about Korea and we like it here a lot! We just don’t like how you drive. That’s all! Please don’t be angry at us for thinking this, because we know you think this way too. Come on. Admit it. Loooveee youuu…Border

Ok, now that that’s off our chest, back to talking about driving in Korea. Now, we’ve talked a lot about it in the video, but I think this blog post might be best served with some diagrams of cool stuff we saw Korean drivers do. Check these out:

Figure 1: Bus driver wants to turn right, but the lane has other cars in it, so the bus drives around everyone by going to the left hand turn lane, then turning right, LIKE A BOSS! **Please note: I don’t think this is legal**

Bus turns right

Figure 2: Car wants to turn right, but there’s a car in the way, so he honks at the car in front of him. The car in front of him kindly gets out of the way, by pulling out in front of everyone at the intersection. Sucks if you’re trying to cross the street.

Honking

I don’t think you need any drawings for the rest of these, you can just picture them in your head.

3: Car driver wants a coffee, really bad. Decides to park on either the sideway or hazard on the road in front of the coffee shop, because, well, HE REALLY WANTS A COFFEE. There are TONS of side streets to hazard in, but that would be too far away, so it blocks up the whole intersection because people turing right can’t get buy him. Also, we’ve seen people stop RIGHT after they turn right and just hazard to let someone out, or pick someone up, and the cars behind are just leaning on their horns. Really inconsiderate.

4: Cars are stopped at the red light, but there aren’t a lot of cars driving the other way, so why not creep forward a whole lot, until you’re sticking out right on the crosswalk. They’ll just keep on creepin’ till they finally say “screw it! I’m already half way there!” and they just run the red at a slow speed.

5: There’s a red light in front of the driver, but slowing down sucks, so forget slowing down. Just blow through the red. Really, I almost got smoked by a van like this before. Whizzed right in front of me, just a few feet away from destroying me. No honking, no slowing down, no apology. Just near death experience, I was really shaken up.

Sure, driving isn’t like this for EVERYONE. There are drivers who obey the law and don’t try to run you over. If you’re Korean and one of those drivers, then bless your soul! Otherwise, we’ve experienced so much bad driving that we’re really extra cautious every time we cross the streets in Korea now. Seriously, when people talk about safety in Korea, we’re not worried about crime, and we’re not in the least bit worried about North Korea. Our only fear: drivers trying to murder us.

We asked our Korean friends about what getting a driver’s license is like here, and they’re like, “you just fill out a paper test and then you get your license.” WAHHHAT?? !! THAT’S IT!!! I really REALLY hope this has changed over the past four years we’ve lived here, because that would seriously explain a lot about the driving. A car is a HUGE METAL WEAPON! You have to learn how to wield it! In Ontario (where we are from in Canada) you have to take first take Driver’s Education which doesn’t even involve a car, it’s just being lectured about driving. Then you have three levels (G1, G2, G) you have to go through just to get your final license, and all those require six months to one year of practice before you can even apply for the next level. AND you’re not allowed to drive without a real license holder (who had it for at least four years) in the car with you, AND you’re not allowed on the highways until you’re at the next level! Most people fail their very first driver’s test to get to the first level because there is so much pressure to do everything perfectly. They test your basic driving, parking uphill, downhill, and parallel parking, looking around and checking all your mirrors, how to drive on a one way street, and so on. Once you want to apply for your next level, you have another test where they see how you drive on the highway, can you merge, do you pick up enough speed, and so on. And if you want to drive a motorcycle or scooter, there are completely different licenses and tests you have to take, including a safety class on how to fall properly if you wipe out! I really think Korea needs to start applying more serious tests for their driving or start handing out really expensive tickets and dock points off someone’s license so that they can lose it and start taking running over pedestrians seriously. How about in your country? What is the driving like and do you feel safe as a pedestrian?

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  1. As a Korean-American who’s lived in Los Angeles and Seattle, and is currently living in Mexico, I can say with a lot of confidence: KOREAN DRIVING IS RELATIVELY MILD. NO REALLY.

    I AM NOT THE ANGRY NETIZEN YOU WERE REFERENCING EARLIER, AND I HOPE YOU DON’T THINK OF ME AS ONE.

    Sure, there are a lot of aggressive drivers in Korea; but compared to some parts of the world (e.g. Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Egypt, etc.) driving in Korea is a lot safer than other parts of the world. As a 14-year old, I can’t say much about actually driving; but as an attentive passenger, driving in Korea is a lot more standardized and better enforced than other parts of the world.

    My mom is a pure ethical Korean, and her driving is very tame. When we went to Korea last summer, a lot of cars whizzed past us on the road; still better than the driving conditions in Mexico, where the main goal of driving is to race all the cars around you. Also, some of the scenarios you mentioned above happen exactly the same way in Mexico, which I found a bit surprising; I knew Korean drivers could get dangerous sometimes (based on my drama experience), but didn’t realize it was almost identical to Mexican driving.

    I hope the drivers license thingy about signing a piece of paper is old information, because that’s the driving test in Mexico as well. My cousin recently got a drivers license in Seoul, and he commented how similar it was to an American driving test (not like when my parents got their licenses and it was a very rigorous exam).

    Hope you read this!
    Jay

    PS: YOU FAT AMERICAN PIGS!!!!!

    • Lol…Mexico City has double the amount of bad drivers than Seoul. It’s like comparing two idiots and saying one isn’t so dumb as the other.
      If we want to make people understand what good driving is, then everyone should look at Hawaii. You will almost never hear a car horn, people wave thanks to other drivers when changing lanes, cars stop for pedestrians in all instances of crossing. Even if the pedestrians cross on the other side of the street and there’s maybe twenty seconds of open space to make your turn, Hawaii drivers stop and wait until all pedestrian are off the road. We don’t block roads intentionally, we don’t make crazy turns, we don’t run red lights with common frequency. Honolulu is the fourth or fifth largest city in USA and there’s a lot of cars and not much space. Because of orderly traffics, we can average over 40 mph when driving. In Asia, it’s so slow.

  2. I’m Australian, but I grew up travelling Europe, and I agree with you. It is definitely a combination of the massive fines, and the fact it takes YEARS to be on a full license. One year as a Learner with a licensed driver after a written test, one year on P1 with curfews and vehicle restrictions after a driving exam, two years on P2 with just vehicle restrictions. And THEN you get to have a full license. It’s a bit crazy.

  3. soo true about Thailand.. even if the light is red there will still go raging through the lights on there scooters or cars at u.. vrrrrrroooooooom death by crazy scooter driver…

  4. Wowie, it’s really neat to see how different the driving regulations are even from just Ontario :O! I’m from BC, and here we have like, you take a test for your Learners [L] and you have to use that for a full year [in which you can only drive if you have someone in your car with a full license], and then take another test [which is an actual road test I believe where the L test is an online thing] where you get your New [N], and you use that for TWO years [where you can only drive with a licensed driver and one other person I think cuz I remember driving with my older brother when he had his N] and then after that you can apply for your full license! But wowie, I’m a pretty oblivious person when I walk about on the streets and I’ve almost gotten hit several times, I can’t even imagine walking around in Korea O – O Anyway, thanks for your TL;DRs, I love learning about Korea from you guys! :D

  5. It’s a pretty serious problem: driving in Korea but I can’t say my country’s driving (Romania, Bucharest) is the best either… it’s pretty dangerous…we also have what you call ‘Driver’s Education’ and driving tests but they don’t take that long (about one to two months). Here most of the drivers stop at red lights but there are exceptions… for example there’s a crosswalk I take almost daily and the traffic lights are a bit far away so I’ve encountered situations where, the car is just caught inbetween the green traffic light and red light so …because they don’t want to wait they just go through taking the risk of running over people (I’ve uploaded a small drawing :)) )…. and at crosswalks where there isn’t a traffic light you have to look both ways because you don’t know if the drivers want to stop or not… some of them do some don’t; I was crossing one once and I stood there for like 5 minutes waiting. The most dangerous drivers are the ones ‘in the field’ that try to interject your direction of driving when you’re speeding or changing lanes… oh and taxi drivers… I think they’re ‘special’ everywhere…they’re the cars that get into accidents more often… So yeah every country has its good and bad sides… The point is that no matter in what country you live/ what country you visit, you must ALWAYS look both directions and make sure the cars are slowing down for you to cross because you never know!(and an advice for drivers… don’t get cocky because someone cut your path and try to cross theirs … just let them slide… your life is more important!… and if you’re running out of time well you can always use a phone and let people know)

    Btw love your pedestrians Martina! :)

  6. I’m sorry I am from Brooklyn, NY and we also have the same problems. Stop signs and red lights are suggestions not commons silly. One way does not always follow the arrow sings if its in convent to the driver. If you are walking by a drive away just run or get hit. So there are places in America you have very careful drivers if you don’t want to die.

  7. Financially, how is life for a a foreign english teacher in South Korea?

  8. Hahaha! You say that cause you haven’t gone to Greece yet! Here, not only the car drivers are dangerous, the pedestrians are too! And I’m speaking honestly as a Greek citizen. You can cross the street with a red light and cars coming at you. And cars do not care about a red light about….50% of the time. They call it “deep orange”, if you get what I mean. They speed up at the orange light too. And it’s completely normal. I didn’t know it wasn’t supposed to b like that until a couple from England came to live with us for a few weeks and whenever we crossed the street they would start shouting “we’re gonna die! we’re gonna die!”
    Of course, I might be wrong, and things in korea could be way worse than here, but I hope it’s not, since I’m planning on living there for a big period of my life. But I guess then I could use all the “training” from Greece! :D

  9. Where I live (Orlando, FL); you have to take a test to get a driver’s permit (if you’re younger than 18 you have to wait a year before getting a license and can only drive with a licensed person in the car) and if 18 and older after taking taking lessons you take a driving test on basic things such as stopping, 3 point turns, parking and etc.

    Now.. thats not to say there aren’t terrible drivers here. Drivers are okay in Orlando; but in another part central FL, its terrible. You see there are a lot of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in this area who drive like their still in Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic or New York (some of my Puerto Rican friends have told me of the horrific driving in Puerto Rico). I admit I”m not the best driver either but when I’m around that area I have to be more defensive and careful because people are crazy and don’t care about others just as long as they reach their destination.

  10. i feel your guys pain. I’m in india right now and omg the driving here is atrocious. when i first came here i used to pray to god that i’d make it across alive before crossing. I swear that cars, buses, scooters, etc all speed up when they see you instead of slowing down. it’s like an endless game of chicken. Honestly i still can’t believe that haven’t gotten hit yet. *knock on wood* that it never happens. and omg those delivery boys are insane! my classmate got into a terrible motorcycle accident and ended up in a hospital for a month because of a delivery boy. a couple years ago a family friend’s son died because the bus driver wasn’t paying attention and ran him over when he had the right of way. The same thing happened with my uncle. Truck driver came out of nowhere and crashed into his car, causing it to flip over and killing everyone in the car. A lot of people here don’t have licenses. I just wish people would actually understand that there’s a reason for driving laws and that it’s for their own protection instead of seeing it as an inconvenience. Plus i totally agree with you guys about how north american drivers should not be complaining about driving. I get annoyed when i’m home (omaha nebraska u.s.a) and my friends complain about driving there. like seriously? they have no idea how bad it is in other places. anyways i enjoyed your guys videos. stay safe! Fighting!

  11. i feel your guys pain. I’m in india right now and omg the driving here is atrocious. when i first came here i used to pray to god that i’d make it across alive before crossing. I swear that cars, buses, scooters, etc all speed up when they see you instead of slowing down. it’s like an endless game of chicken. Honestly i still can’t believe that haven’t gotten hit yet. *knock on wood* that it never happens. and omg those delivery boys are insane! my classmate got into a terrible motorcycle accident and ended up in a hospital for a month because of a delivery boy. a couple years ago a family friend’s son died because the bus driver wasn’t paying attention and ran him over when he had the right of way. The same thing happened with my uncle. Truck driver came out of nowhere and crashed into his car, causing it to flip over and killing everyone in the car. A lot of people here don’t have licenses. I just wish people would actually understand that there’s a reason for driving laws and that it’s for their own protection instead of seeing it as an inconvenience. Plus i totally agree with you guys about how north american drivers should not be complaining about driving. I get annoyed when i’m home (nebraska, u.s.a) and my friends complain about driving there. like seriously? they have no idea how bad it is in other places. anyways i enjoyed your guys videos. stay safe! Fighting!

  12. I’m not sure if this was ever asked, (if it was I’m sorry TT TT)
    But how did you guys get into kpop?

  13. Simon and Martina! How do Koreans view men with facial hair? Considering that Korean men seem to often be very clean cut, is facial hair present in Korea and how is it viewed in Korean society?

  14. Jacksonville drivers are pretty much the same as Korean drivers. So, I think I’m prepared.

  15. I agree sooooo much with everything that is said in this video!! xP The only point you forgot is that Korean are amazing when it comes to drive in little streets around parked cars, people walking ang cars coming on the other way in a one way street. Koreans don’t drive, thay make there way in the city! ^.^

  16. “4: Cars are stopped at the red light, but there aren’t a lot of cars
    driving the other way, so why not creep forward a whole lot, until
    you’re sticking out right on the crosswalk. They’ll just keep on
    creepin’ till they finally say “screw it! I’m already half way there!”
    and they just run the red at a slow speed.”
    LOL!!! I have to admit. I actually liked when my taxi drivers did this at night …mainly when I’m the one paying for the taxi :P haha saves on the cost! Got so used to it that when they don’t I get disappointed hahahaha oh how I miss living there…I’ll just have to live vicariously through Simon and Martina ;)

  17. Of course they do, but there are a LOT of speed racer types, so I guess they can’t get to them all.

  18. my home country sound like korean driving. but know where i live now long island new york its pretty much what your describe in the blog its intense to get that damn license but i did it after the second try and already have a ticket for going 10 mph the speed limit damn oh well and i do feel safe here in long island they are really good drivers and are nice to pedestrians now when new yorkers city people come to the east end is another deal they are horrible thats being nice they are stupid we call the cidiots lol bc they are so bad. but everything else in long island drivers are pretty good and safe to be a pedestrian.

  19. After watching this, I think I would be too scared to drive if I was in Korea…most drivers here in Germany obey the rules (most of the times). It is also not easy to pass the practical test to get your driver’s license here. I was lucky enough to make it at the first try, but many people don’t. My boyfriend needed 4 tries to pass! ^^;
    The only thing I don’t like about driving in Germany is the speed….really, not having a speed limit whatsoever on the highway can be so dangerous! I hate it when my tiny little car almost gets blown off the street because someone decided to drive past me at 200km/h T__T Imagine a country where everyone drives like a madman without a speed limit – that would be scary! O_O

  20. I just have to watch out for hitting loose cows in the road, being clobbered by manure trucks that won’t stay on their side of the road and getting stuck in traffic jams behind tractors hauling grain here in Wisconsin…oh, and Minnesotan drivers… I s’pose I can’t complain (but those manure trucks are pretty scary!) :D

  21. I don’t think getting a driver’s license in Korea is as easy as you’ve described. I’m sure there’s a driving portion of the test, which I hear is notoriously difficult to pass. But unlike North America, where we actually drive on real streets and roads for the test, Korea has a test course adjacent to a “DMV.” And it’s like an obstacle course! I think there was an episode of “We Got Married” with Nichkun and Victoria at such a course.

  22. Dear simon and martina

    can you make a WANK about comic world convention happening in seoul once a month

  23. I was just reading some of the comments on youtube and saw things that are ignorant, aggressive and just plain mean. Even I feel hurt and sad seeing them and they’re not directed towards me.
    So I have to ask; How do you endure it? Are you superheroes?

  24. While I have only spent a week in Seoul, I found it much better in relation to driving and drivers than many countries in the Middle East, where I have spent a lot of time living and working (I’m originally from Australia). Don’t get me wrong, there are sooo many things I love about Arab countries (the people of course, the yummy food, beautiful language and so many other things). In fact, the only people I have found to be more hospitable and welcoming than so many of the Arab people I have met in different Arab countries are actually the Korean people.

    In relation to driving, by far my craziest experience has been in Lebanon, especially in Beirut where the traffic is really heavy. While drivers tend to stop at stop lights, they completely ignore road lane markings. So for example, if you have a 3 lane highway, you will basically end up with 5 lanes of traffic. Drivers will make up their own lanes and also weave in and out of these made up lanes and the real lanes – often at high speeds. The same thing happens on smaller city streets, drivers attempt to form multiple lanes where there really is only room for one lane. Getting picked up or dropped off in a taxi is also a bit crazy, as the traffic is so heavy if the car stops for more than 10 seconds, you have dozens of cars blowing horns – so its often dangerous getting in and out of taxis as they want to move off as fast as they can. There are also loads and loads of scooters and no-one wears helmets and similar to South Korea, they weave in and out of the traffic and will try and find short cuts often not looking to the safety of the riders, other drivers or pedestrians. I also witnessed one time, motor cycle riders (not scooters) doing wheelies on the highways where drivers create their own lanes while driving at high speed as mentioned above. I was travelling on a bus and it was terrifying to watch (actually most of the time, I couldn’t watch as I was sure someone was going to die).

    Amman in Jordan and Cairo are also really heavy with traffic and while drivers tend to drive fast, they do at least stick to the laneways that are marked. Although in quite a few Arabic countries I have visited, car drivers and taxi drivers will think you are quite strange if you put the seatbelt on, even if they are driving at vert high speeds (in Australia its complusory to wear seatbelts, so its just second nature to Australians to put them on).

  25. OKAY GUISE…..I am from the Chi- and I love Thailand (I am Thai American, and most of my family live in Thailand) but I can also vouch for how bad and unsafe driving in Thailand can be…From your explanation, driving in Korea sounds pretty similar :)

    Taxi drivers weave and speed everywhere too!! MY mother begged one taxi driver to just drive normally, she said she didn’t care about the meter she cared more about her safety and that we would pay more if he would just slow the F- down!

    TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE there are also no seatbelts in taxis….none.. there may be some in the front seats but there are NO SEATBELTS in the back seat. (I can only vouch for the taxi’s i have been in though, so if there is a taxi driver out there that has seatbelts in the back of his car, BRAVO.

    I have also been in a taxi that is decked out with monitors…one in the front so taxi drivers and passengers can watch thai look toong music videos while driving…..

    Drivers have no respect for each other in trafficked up areas…people just stick bumper to bumper, not letting anyone pass, trying to get their way every time…and it fricking makes the traffic jam worse than necessary….

    The most dangerous driving I see is from motorcyclists and the peeps on scooters. This is totally normal here:

    -I’ve seen as young as high school kids drive 3 or 4 to a scooter, and none are wearing helmets.

    – I’ve witnessed an entire family on one motorcycle (a mom, a dad, a child and a toddler) , and again, none are wearing helmets.

    – Motorcyclists and scooters get on the highway without helmets and weave through traffic and between cars, trucks, other bikes….It is really hard to see them coming from inside a car. (If you sit side saddle on the back of a scooter, your knees get bruised and battered from hitting the sides of cars.)

    -I’ve seen scooters run red lights, turn across lanes, turn left at red lights, etc. ALL the things you especially wouldn’t do because you aren’t sitting inside a GIANT METAL WEAPON….Motorcyclists and scooters will do (Without wearing a helmet too)

    I’ve seen this happen ALL around Thailand (Phuket, Phang Nga, Bangkok) but I think the scariest stuff I’ve seen was definitely in Bangkok (there is just a lot of traffic and a lot of cars & cyclists on the road)

    UGH and don’t get me started on those TUK TUKS. They are HELLA fun to ride but also can be HELLA scary.

  26. AAAAWWWW you guys take care of yourselves :(

  27. I have a TLDR question. What kind of girls do Korean guys like and what is their concept of beauty. I know that being fairer is better. In Japan a lot of girls act cutesy and childish and think that guys like that but some Japanese guys like older women for this very reason. Are there many Korean guys datin foreign women?

  28. Wow! Canada has a lot of rules for driving! I mean in the US we still have to take a written test, and do a driving test on a close coarse, but some states have a test on the road in real life situations.

    Oh and in Korea do people drive on the sidewalks to make right hand turns in their cars and vans? They do in Philadelphia.

    Plus I am pretty sure I would get hit by a car in Korea. I have such a pushy attitude about crossing streets from living in Philadelphia. But then again, some of the things you have mentioned I have seen in NJ or Philadelphia. Probably not nearly as common as you experience. I have almost been in a head on collision because someone tried to turn down a one way road (in the wrong direction) I’ve seen people ignore turn lanes, motorcyclists weaving through highway traffic (or highway traffic jams), cards driving on bike lanes, double parking, people driving on the shoulder to drive past traffic, etc. I think there at two differences in your crazy driving and US/NJ crazy driving

    1) New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia drivers are afraid of being sued, so they are a little more considerate for pedestrians. Also there are fatter people in the US, so the target it a little easier to see. Yes, I am saying that Simon and Martina are not nearly fat enough, and people can’t see them.

    2) There aren’t that many cities in the US. Which means less scooters, less congestion, and which means less to hit. Most accidents in the US are cars hitting cars, not cars hitting people. Not to say I haven’t almost had a car hit me (taxis mostly) And when you are in a very congested area, it is easy to see who is from the suburbs (nice a docile) and who is from the city (they’ll creep up next pedestrians to make that right on red that they aren’t suppose to make)

    Don’t get me wrong. I am sure Korea is bad driving, and is worse than the US.

    Which leaves me wondering: How is insurance in Korea? In the US you must have car insurance, is that the same with Korea? Dramas tend to have plots where a family goes into debt to pay off medical bills, do most jobs not offer health insurance?

  29. In my country (north europe) they drive by the law most of the time and I feel safe as a pedestrian. You need to be 18 years old to get a license and take driver’s education and and a drivers test. If I step on a crosswalk I don’t have to be scared for my life. I’ve seen driving in Bangkok and it was kinda shocking the first time :P I was in Belgium with a friend a few weeks ago and she thought that even honking was so rude lol since it almost never happens here. And the bus drivers and taxi drivers are the ones who are usually polite enough to stop and wait for me the cross the street. So I’ll probably get hit by a bus in Korea then lol since I trust them too much. But seriously, good to know. The only problem I know is drunk driving and that’s worse than anything.

  30. I used to live in SG and boy the streets when its the time for pedestrians to cross only you can go are so fricking clear and if your crossing where there are zebra lines the cars have to wait for you to cross then only they can go

  31. From reading the comments, driving in China sounds a lot like driving in Nigeria, except no traffic lights, police “directing traffic” and Okada (which are small motorbikes that serve as taxis where driver and customer do not wear helmets due to belief of bad jujuu and drive a lot like the Korean Delivery people)

  32. Go to vietnam and see it for yourself

  33. One of the reasons Korean driving (and driving in other parts of Asia) is so bad is because Koreans haven’t been driving for very long. Of course there were cars in Korea for a long time, but an average person couldn’t afford it. It’s only in the past couple of decades that a normal person could afford a car.

    Korea is absolutely amazing in their resiliency – 60 years ago it was a poor, war ravaged country, and now it has amazing technology, and a good standard of living, but that has only been the case for a short period of time. I’ve met a lot of Koreans who are first generation drivers, and they didn’t get their licenses or their first car until well into their adulthood. I know I was a bad driver when I first started to drive, because I didn’t have experience. The same is true of most new drivers. It just happens that there were a LOT of people (in the millions) becoming new drivers at the same time, in a smaller space, establishing bad habits and bad protocols.

    • You make a good point about car culture. For example in Australia there has been a car culture for a very long time, it’s normal to own a car and respect for driving and cars is ingrained in the culture. We learn from our parents and people genuinely love driving. I’m sure it’s similar in the U.S. too.

      Whereas in South Korea, it’s only been comparatively recently that they’ve become a first world country and that love and respect for cars hasn’t been passed down from the previous generation. So not only is there not the emphasis on good driving and respect, but also the reasons you listed like… smaller space, many new drivers etc.

  34. I will only watch the video if someone can reassure me that a reason is given for the sunglasses indoors. Perhaps pink eye or some other type of eye/facial deformity. It’s not even I’ve gone outside and decided to keep my sunglasses on when I enter this reastaurant/bar/cafe it’s I’m in my own house and choosing to wear sunglasses.

    I watch every video and have for a couple years now but this is a bridge too far for me. After all if Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm have taught us anything it’s this: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4gluy6LpL1qhnavvo1_500.gif

  35. I wonder how many people get injured in traffic situations :(

  36. My favorite are the motorcycles that drive ON THE SIDEWALK and then honk at pedestrians to get out of the way.

    • lolol… i actually like it though. How else do you think Korea has the most awesome food delivery culture in the world bar none. Price well paid I say. Never seen or heard anyone getting hit by one of those motorbikes too.

  37. Wow I didn’t know that the Canadian system of getting
    your license is pretty much the same as in Hungary. I thought that it’s more
    similar to the American system. Anyway here in Hungary is also hard to
    get your license and pretty expensive too! However I kind of feel safe crossing
    the street LOL! I mean the chance of a car crossing a red light is less than
    5%. I think it has to do with the huge fines though as opposed to driving
    education.

  38. Ahem. *cough*

    So. I was hesitant to comment on this page, because I have something to confess.

    I am one of those crazy Asian drivers m(_ _)m

    I’ve driven in Thailand, including Bangkok, and yes, I’d say it’s the ‘worst’ I’ve ever seen in the world. I’ve attached a picture of how I do U-turns – by holding up all the traffic on a 4-lane highway. lulz :p

    And yes, all that crap about doing the wrong way down one way roads, sneaking around corners for red lights, hitting the accelerator when the light goes yellow, parking anywhere I like, reversing on the main road when I miss a turn, cutting 5 lanes at once, and butting into lanes shamelessly. Speed limit? Pfft. I think the only time I stuck to the speed limit was during my driving test. Not to mention I didn’t even have an international license when I was in Thailand, so….it was technically illegal for me to drive at all ^^;;

    I’ve also driven in Japan, and I would agree that they stick to the law a lot more over there. However, the roads are sooo incredibly narrow, the corners are all sharp, blind corners that need mirrors, and the cars are of all shapes and sizes, so it requires a lot of skill just to go down the street without scraping your car on someone’s fence. I was driving in the snow too, which made it even more fun. Hee hee. But when it comes to breaking the speed limit – they’ll go as fast as they possibly can. On those narrow roads. 200km/hr? No biggie~ Also, they’ll reverse a few hundred metres at full speed if there’s noone behind them. I saw an old lady do it. Good on her :p Actually, it was in Japan that I first got scolded for stopping at a red light. They were all like ‘you could have totally made that~ D:’ And I got my parking skills in Japan. Have you seen their parking lots? There’s like 2 inches of space on each side of the car, so that they have to fold in the side mirrors every time. And reverse. ALWAYS reverse.

    Indonesia….oh them were good times. Driving up on the sidewalk or the grass strip, turning at red lights + uturn + turn again to continue past the lights, and of course anyone can get a license. I few of my friends were driving cars to school in Year 7 (those that could afford cars). I think scooters are often driven by kids since they’re 8 or something. Over 5 of my friends have died in scooter/motorbike accidents, and counting.

    So….where was I. Ah yes. I went through all that rigourous driving training. Did 120 hours of driving practice with my dad next to me, over two years, in Australia. Passed my test with flying colours. Have never had an accident to date. And while I’m here, I obey the law – at least when there are no police around :p

    Once I go do a different country, I just ‘do as the Romans do’. If I stubbornly stuck to my Australian driving methods, I’d never get to my destinations. Ever.

    Lastly, funny story. In Indonesia they actually have zebra crossings, although noone cares about them. My dad saw some people trying to cross, so he stopped. The people were so shocked, that they just stared without moving an inch, wondering what the hell was wrong with this guy. lol. In the end, only after my dad moved on, they finally crossed the road behind us. xD

  39. I totally agree, about the scary buses. I was on a bus from Pusan to the city where my bf lives, and the bus driver suddenly stops the bus and crosses over six lanes to make a u turn. I should mention that this was on a busy highway too. I was just like well at least I’m with one person I wanna be with if I gotta go out >.<

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