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Old 04-08-2011, 03:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Crew Chief View Post
I was stationed in South Korea in the '70's. Maybe things have (hopefully) improved, but I noticed a couple of unusual habits:

1. Korean taxi drivers seemed to not know how to downshift; they'd go around a corner in 4th gear and let the transmission lug until the engine FINALLY caught up with it...

2. At intersections at night. Everyone turned out their headlights until the GREEN light came on.
Number one didn't happen when I lived in Korea well after you did. I actually like Korean taxi drivers. They do a job that is not only socially considered just above ditch digger, but they're pretty friendly folks.

However, Korean drivers are among the worst in the world. Running red lights? No problem! Speed enforcement by stationing young cops by the side of the road and they pull you over by waving at you. I'm not kidding. They jump left turns (not that Americans don't sometimes do this, too, but that is a relatively rare thing compared to the frequency with which Koreans do it) and overall are incredibly aggressive on the road. Of course, drunk driving there is a huge problem, too.

Koreans aren't as bad as Indians, who are indeed the world's worst, but they have to be in the top ten worst list.
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