You’ll have to clarify this statement. If I’m understanding this correctly, you’ve never had anyone cut you off? Even if you’re the safest, most aware driver in the world, you’ll still get cut off half a dozen times a day in any city or highway.
As the above poster noted, numerous people simply don’t look when entering the main streets from sidestreet and alleys, from behind parked cars or simply joining traffic from the side of the road in clear view. Very few Taiwanese look left over their shoulder and that accounts for most of the close calls.
I had my worst close calls from people who did wide U-turns across four lanes of wide, rural highway and they don’t take the scooter lane into consideration. The front end of their cars always poked into the scooter lane/shoulder as they were doing their no-look U-turns, making everyone stop suddenly until they finished their inept, dangerous driving. I had it happen in front of me at least twice in two weeks while I was driving 80-90 k/mh on a highway between cities, and I was very familiar with the route.
So to say you’ve never had a close call after two years of driving thousands of km in Taiwan is impossible. I don’t doubt that you are a safe, conscientious driver. It’s the other guy you have no control over.[/quote]
20 years without a close call for me. Riding 50km every day more or less. Only close calls I’ve had have been through me running myself off the road.
You also forgot to quote Llary’s “learn from your mistakes.”
It’s not a close call if you’re anticipating the other driver. It’s how you ride in these conditions. If you fail to do this, you’ll come a cropper more than likely. I have people try to cut me off every day too, along with all other manner of the nuttiness they perpetrate. But they’re not close calls because I know what they’re going to do before they’ve thought of it themselves. Stay alive.
This was all taught to me when I first learned to ride around 35 years ago – it’s not exclusive to Taiwan but anywhere where you’re on the roads in a vulnerable situation. Although there’s a far higher incidence of poor road-using here, for sure. But preemptive avoidance/anticipation is standard riding technique anywhere and it was second nature for me many years before I started riding in Taiwan. It should also be second nature at any speed. 20mph on a wee Honda or 140mph on a Laverda Jota, shouldn’t really make any difference.