So I heard of this traffic jam a couple days ago, which is kind of random because you shouldn’t ‘hear’ news of a traffic jam WHEN IT’S IN ITS NINTH DAY!
This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve witnessed secondhand. If you haven’t gathered the jist from the title, there is (was) a massive traffic jam spanning 100km, or 9 days within China. The jam is more-or-less over now but……………… come on. This is ridiculous. If this isn’t a sign that your country is getting a little ahead of itself, then holy shit, I don’t know what is.
Seriously, I cannot wait for China to explode. It may not be until I’m in my 50’s, when they’ve got away with so much bullshit that I won’t even care, but oh man that’s gonna be some birthday. Really though, this traffic jam is a sign of self-destruction. Keep in mind that China is new to vehicles…. like very new, relatively. And being new to vehicles means having the driving skill of someone driving a Model T…. in the 20’s. Just instead of of driving a Model T on your way to eat crumpets at your cousin/sister-in-laws, you’re driving a lorry full of coal from Mongolia. There are no driving schools, and needless to say no common sense or courtesy.
I actually randomly (and unrelated) found a YouTube video showing a very frustrating video of a traffic jam in a city in China. Frustrating in the sense, that you know exactly how to resolve the traffic issue in this specific intersection, and it drives you crazy because eventually they figure it out, then 10 seconds later some other dumbass steps in and effs it all up again. Alas, I’m way too lazy right now to post the video, so go find it yourself.
Anyways, what gets me about this is how driving reflects attitude, and I’ve been thinking about this ever since I’ve been able to drive. Not only reflecting the attitude of the driver (which every can see and is pretty obvious), but the attitude from a political and social aspect. It goes to show that driving is not related to common sense, it’s related to what people are exposed to. If someone who just bought a car (i.e. in China) starts up a driving school in China, not that one actually exists, based on driving laws created by a bunch of other people who have never driven, then everyone’s going to follow their example. Thinking their example is correct, no one would stop to think “Hey, maybe if I didn’t pull out in front of this guy, he would be able to turn left, and the one hundred cars behind him would be able to drive straight through…. but I need to get to my ex-boss’ cousins sons birthday party, so I don’t have time for thit shit”. Really?
There’s actually a science based on traffic behaviour. I read an article about a specialist on the subject, and he’s supposed to be the best in civil engineering (something that many towns and cities could use). However, I think I’ll save that for a later post.
UPDATE: I changed my mind about the video, here you go.