Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Won't Miss #28 - aggressive drivers
I once had a student write in his homework that cars were the "kings" of the road so pedestrians had better yield to them. By law in Japan, pedestrians have the right of way, but you wouldn't know it by the behavior of most drivers. When the pedestrian lights change to "walk", drivers are flooring it over the crosswalk for quite some time. Cars also zoom out of super narrow side streets with no visibility without pause at the area where the sidewalk intersects with the street when the safe thing to do is ease up to the sidewalk, check for pedestrians and creep forward. Generally speaking, cars can be incredibly aggressive and dangerous in Tokyo.
I won't miss drivers who feel that they can force their way through even when they don't have the right of way.