March 12, 2004

A Driving Exam That Anyone Could Pass

POST #    844

Q: If you come upon an auto accident and find a motorist lying unconscious on the road, should you shake that person violently to wake him up?

Q: If you come upon an accident and find a motorist lying unconscious on the road, and if that person's internal organs are also lying on the road, should you pick up the organs and put them back inside the person?

Those are some of the questions that are part of the written driver's exam in China. The NY Times looks at how dangerous driving in China can be. The world's fastest growing car market had 400,000 new vehicles last year in Beijing alone. In 2003, there were 104,000 people killed in accidents, down 5,000 from 2002 when SARS kept most people home. That's about 2.5 times the number of accidents the United States has, despite China having less cars.

A 60 year old cyclist thinks that new drivers are the worst and says, "They'll drive right up onto the sidewalk and run you over. I should put a sign on the back of my bike, `I'm Old, Don't Hit Me.'" The government in China is building highways and roads quickly, but they are being overwhelmed by cars, trucks, and bikes.

Accidents abound in China, and many people have disregard towards the traffic laws. It's frightening really. Trucks are overloaded and busses are packed to the brim with people. When I went to China in the past, I've been in cars where the drivers could put the fear of God into you. This coming from someone that doesn't believe in God and rides in NYC cabs. There were times when we would speed along country roads that curved around mountains and had no barriers to keep us from tumbling into a ravine. Would the driver slow down when he went around curves? Nope. All he would do is honk. Little good this does when other drivers honk too.

The laws in China are changing though, so hopefully the situation will get better. One has to wonder why they would change the laws if they need to control their booming population. Traffic accidents = population control. Simple formula, no?

- NY Times: Chinese Take Recklessly to Cars (Just Count the Wrecks)

Posted by tien mao in Travel at 1:40 PM



Maybe China hired Jim Harrick, Jr. to write their driving exam.

Posted by: JK at March 12, 2004 2:45 PM

that would be great...

sample questions might include:
when you drive your car, and you hit a bike, what are you driving?
a. a car
b. a bike
c. your horse
d. you are walking

what is the universal signal for "get out of the way"? (this may be considered a trick question)
a. honking your horn
b. flashing your lights
c. tailgating
d. flipping the bird and cursing out your window

in a 5 speed vehicle, how many different gears are their, including reverse?
a. 0
b. 1
c. 6
d. 500

when you pull up to a toll plaza, what do you do?
a. pay a toll
b. pay a toll
c. pay a toll
d. pay a toll

anybody have some others?

Posted by: tien at March 12, 2004 2:53 PM

who is the greatest driver ever?
a. Mario Andretti
b. Michael Schumacher
c. Richard Petty
d. Jim Harrick, Jr.!!!

If the speed limit is 55 mph and you are driving 50 mph are you driving:
a. over the speed limit?
b. under the speed limit?
c. over and under the speed limit?
d. exactly at the speed limit?

Posted by: joe s at March 12, 2004 3:41 PM

personally, i think the majority of asian drivers just plain suck at driving. tho maybe its just the chinese specifically since the chinese obviously cant drive, and taiwanese drivers are pretty shitty and reckless too.

Posted by: veritech pilot at March 12, 2004 4:16 PM

Which of the following is not part of a car?
a. steering wheel
b. engine
c. carton of milk
d. gas pedal

Do you promise to drive well?
a. yes, I do
b. no
c. I do not
d. I want to hit a guy

How many car accidents were there in China last year?
a. one billion trillion
b. two billion trillion
c. infinity plus six
d. less than infinity plus 6

Posted by: Maine at March 12, 2004 5:05 PM

As they say, in China the horn is standard, brakes are optional.

Posted by: Keith at March 12, 2004 6:36 PM

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