True story. We've been to some countries were crossing the road was a nightmare but Hanoi takes the cake. my wife clung onto y hand as if her life depended on it every time we crossed a road there. I'm a city guy and she's a farmer's daughter. The secret of getting over in one piece (most of the time) is to never hesitate and keep going at the same pace so everybody driving on the road can judge how much they need to swerve to avoid you.
Originally Posted by SeymourDumore
Traffic intersection in Hanoi near the lake - YouTube
Hanoi Vietnam Traffic Intersection - YouTube
Hanoi Traffic - View from above - Worst intersection in Vietnam. Traffic in Vietnam - YouTube
Been there, done it and lived to tell. The part that amazes me most is that no one seems to get angry and road rage doesn't seem to exist.
Originally Posted by Gordon B. Clarke
Damm! That's funny right there!
Have you noticed that none, not one of those folks, pedestrian, cyclist, motorcycle or car driver, not a single one has ever looked sideways or backwards.
Straight forward and keep you eyes on the next obstacle!
The hell with roadrage. You stop to rage, you get run over!
Mike I think any sane person would go with Veyron it is the Concord of motoring
Some might think a old Volvo is a safe place to be in, in a accident..
(see them in a lot of US films.. )
I think not.
Fifth Gear - Renault Modus v Volvo 940 Crash Test - YouTube
Nah, it's really not. It's an overpriced pile if you ask me, and it won't be much longer before something faster comes along.
Originally Posted by doug8cat
I do think it's quite amusing that you mock American cars for not being able to handle corners yet you have some odd fascination with a car that is purely designed for straight line speed and nothing more. To each their own I guess...
I see no reason why a small car would be less safe, except if it was in a collision with a larger car, then it would definitely be less safe. One of the reasons I drive a Volvo is because it built like a tank.
The main arguments against small cars are that they are uncomfortable; cannot carry lumber, pipe and other large/long objects; and look ridiculous.
They can't be good for your career either. Imagine your boss needs a ride. "Here sir, please fit your 300-pound ass into my Daimler Smart." He is going to love that.
Here in Asheville, NC we have had two bicyclists killed because they ran a red light at night, no reflectors or lights on the bike.
Originally Posted by SeymourDumore
There are also swarms of 50cc unlicensed scooters, some paying no attention to traffic laws, driving up on sidewalk to be first in line when the light changes, etc.
Stupid behavior on a bike or scooter mixed with cars and trucks will usually get you removed from the gene pool.
I know those guys all too well. Hippie central Lawrence, KS is filled with them. You apparently don't have to have insurance with one of those things either, and it's not like the douche riding the thing has any money to fix the bumper he just creamed....
Originally Posted by paul39
Lots of people around here refer to them as liquor-cycles since the riders fall into 2 categories, with one being the drunks who have lost their license, many of them permanently for multiple DWI convictions. That those things are allowed on the road in so many places with no license or insurance requirements is proof positive that moron legislators who can be bought for a few lobbying bucks are a universal plague and not just confined to red or blue states.
Originally Posted by Mike_
I remember a news article several years ago where the police chief of Myrtle Beach went before the city council there and told them they could either ban unlicensed scooters or double the size of the police force, since all of his current force was spending all day every day responding to scooter involved crashes. They banned them, and more towns should do the same.
Gordon, the town I grew up in, Seattle, had a very large immigrant population from Norway, Sweden, Finland, and, yes, Denmark. They mostly came over from the 1890's thru the teens, and worked originally as loggers and fishermen, but became quite urban by the time I was growing up there in the 50's and 60's.
They were all lumped together (I know you Danes would hate this) as "Scanda-hoovians", and spoke a unique slang that was vaguely english, with various scandanavian pronunciations and mistranslations, and they mostly lived in one part of town, Ballard.
And Scanda-hoovians were (and still are) notorious for being incredibly bad drivers.
Since I am part Finn, I can proudly claim the right to have an "UffDa" sticker on my car, too. Although, during the punk rock days of the 70's, the new norm was a sticker that said "Uff-F*cking-Da".
Anyway, there is a great 2 minute video about this phenomenon, called Ballard Driving Academy.
And anyone who lives in Seattle, or did, will recognize it as being only a very slight exaggeration.
Ballard Driving Academy - YouTube