Driving In Taiwan

The HSR train in Hsinchu (Jhubei). Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm on the 16th of January 2007. Part of the HSR Hsinchu Series 2.

How bad are the drivers in Taiwan?

Compared to India and other places in Asia?

An insane discussion with over 41 comments on Prince Roy’s blog ensued.

Ask any expat who has spent significant time abroad the most maddening aspect of living in a foreign country and the answer invariably is: the insane local drivers. I’m no different, and this particular kvetch is one of my national pastimes. I’ve read Taiwan’s English newspapers maybe three times since arriving in June, and on one of those occasions the other day, the Taipei Times just happened to feature a “Letters to the Editor” page devoted to foreigners’ frustrations on driving in Taiwan.

My thoughts on the subject?

Drivers here are pretty crazy, though there is an insane logic and beauty to the whole thing. It is the drive towards efficiency that seems to interest me. The thing that more recent arrivals here in Taiwan have to face are the scooters. In Canada, people do not have scooters or motorcycles in large numbers, compared to cars.

Here, it is the opposite. Almost everybody has a scooter.

The part that is completely nuts, is that traffic lights are optional and I have seen no stop lights.

It’s just, go, go, go!

As fast as possible.

I have gotten into something of a groove with my scooter, and I do enjoy it now a lot more than I did in the beginning, once you get used to driving at night.

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

2 thoughts on “Driving In Taiwan”

  1. Hi,

    Though I like your way to draft and think the traffic in such a new and “economic” aspect, “don’t get used to it”.
    Be careful when you drive.


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