When I first started driving I thought the Taiwanese must be the most patient people in the world. They would have to be… with the way they drive! I told my self that I would not let my anger get the best of me while I was driving in Taiwan. I just recently bought a new car, and have found that driving her is no different than driving in Toronto. I just recently found this includes road rage as well.
Early Saturday night I was waiting at a large intersection in the middle of the city waiting for a break in traffic, so I could turn right. There was a large bus behind me. He blared his horn several times, but what could I do? I guess he was upset that I wasn’t forcing my way into traffic like most drivers. After another long honk from the bus driver… up went my middle finger.
I finally got a chance to turn right and drove over the overpass and got into the left turning lane at the next light. The bus driver drove up right next to my car and yelled something in Taiwanese. At that moment he got out of his bus and started to walk around the car. Obviously he was pissed about the finger thing and I wasn’t going to wait around to find out what he had to say. As I was driving off he ran up and hit my car…
I understand that I shouldn’t have given him the finger, but come on!!! I couldn’t believe that a bus driver got out of his bus! What about being professional? What about the people on the bus? I would probably never give the finger to a taxi driver or one of those low rider - dark tinted cars, but a bus driver??? I still can’t believe it.
P.S. Don’t give me any crap about his timetable… If he had time to stop and yell at me, he was not in that much of a rush!