I’m sorry, I take it back

I thought Miami drivers were out of control, but I just got back from Taiwan, and Miami drivers have nothing on these guys. My cab driver, prevented from turning left, went through the intersection and immediately did a U-turn, stopping the oncoming progress of three lanes of traffic. Incredibly, nobody honked. That’s the thing – people drive with no respect for the law, but they’re extremely polite.

The motor scooters were the worst. I saw a scooter drive against the direction of traffic, in the spaces between the cars. I saw a family of four on another scooter: dad driving, mom hanging on dad, junior hanging on to mom, and littler sister standing between dad and the steering column, facing backwards, hugging his waist. Of course, no one was wearing a helmet.

So I take it back – Miamians are not the worst drivers on the roads of the earth. They’re the loudest. Maybe the dumbest. But not the worst.

3 Comments so far

  1. Blaine Zuver (unregistered) on January 14th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    Actually Boston drivers are pretty bad. But at least they signal when making a turn,unlike here in Miami.

  2. Christian Calzadillas (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    Worse than Miami?? SCARY!!

  3. Robert (unregistered) on January 17th, 2006 @ 5:47 pm

    Drivers in Latin America (Mexico and Puerto Rico as examples) are consistently worse than in Miami. Also, try driving in Madrid. Yes, they signal there, but then they’ll cut you off and leave about 6 inches between their bumper and your head.

    It’s bad in Miami, but nowhere near as bad as those other places.

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