I was driving home in Taichung City this evening and had a rather interesting experience. After waiting at a red light at a rather busy intersection, the light turned green and I drove on as the first car in line. Just as I was at the other side of the intersection, a scooter came zipping by on the left hand side (I was in the left lane), nearly hitting both my car and the concrete median. It was a tiny space; they were VERY lucky I didn’t hit them.
I of course held down my horn for a few seconds, as I don’t like having my life endangered by reckless morons. The two punks on the scooter then slowed down in front of me and began weaving around in the road, looking back at me and shouting. The one driving the scooter took off his helmet and held it to the side in his left hand, like he intended to hit me with it. Again, they were very lucky not to have crashed because while they were busy threatening me they weren’t looking in front of them.
Having just read the story of the foreigner in Hsinchu who was jumped by a gang of Taiwanese barbarians, I sped up and passed in the right lane. The two goons shouted something in Taiwanese as I drove past, the driver still swinging his helmet around like a maniac.
This is the first time in my life I have seen such idiotic behavior. The scooter driver was driving incredibly recklessly and was completely in error, yet he became angry with me when I had the gall to beep at him. He is not only a terrible, incredibly stupid driver, he is also rude and offensive about it. This is not the first time I’ve had such experiences, though this was the only time I really felt like a fight was imminent.
Strange country, where people can drive so terribly and then become angry with those who drive correctly.