Ok so here’s the story, I’m riding my girlfriends scooter to go and eat at a restaurant. We’re on a quiet road looking for a place to park, so I’m on the very far right hand side of the road, riding really slowly, maybe 10-20 kmh. It’s quiet, and I’ve left a space large enough for a bus to go around me. I thought I saw a space so I stopped my bike to go into it, at this point there is no one behind me, or close to me. About ten seconds after I stopped, a girl who was easily far enough behind me to see me stopping almost crashed into the back of my bike and gave me a really evil look. To be honest I think she wanted to swear at me.
I personally don’t think I did anything dangerous, I was already crawling along, and she was way behind me in the first place. So my question is, can people really not read the road here. Maybe think, “there’s a guy crawling along on the Right hand side, I’ll just around him”, or “they look like his break lights, I think he’s slowing down, or stopping”. My girlfriend said if I’d indicated that would have helped, but honestly how? If she can’t see break lights, or even see the massive space I’ve left for her to ride around me on the left, what good would an indicator do? Apparently that almost accident was my fault too.
Another time I was turning left. I moved over to center line, indicated, and stopped (because there was oncoming traffic). As I went to turn Left somebody overtook me ON THE LEFT. Like hello? Again, there’s a huge space on my right, and I’m indicating that I want to go left. Are people really that stupid? These aren’t things that I would ever experience in the UK, which is why I find it incredibly frustrating to ride a scooter here.
So I guess the point of this is, if you come from a “western” country and you want to try riding a scooter here, be extremely careful. If you are changing direction at all, always, always check your mirrors. People here don’t look ahead, or read the road, or even seem to have any common sense, at least if they do they certainly don’t use it. For instance if a bus is pulling out from a bus stop DO NOT STOP. In the UK, stopping to let a bus pull out is actually a legal requirement, and a part of the highway code. Here somebody will definitely crash into you. Also be doubly careful driving at night, some people don’t even turn their lights on. Never go above 50 kmh, if you drive at 60+ not only do you increase your chances of crashing dramatically, but if you do crash you will almost certainly be hospitalised, if not killed.
Anyone else have any thoughts they’d like to share about this, please tell me. Cheers.