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(NPR)   Do you have what it takes to pass the driver's license test in China?   (npr.org ) divider line
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2014-01-19 09:16:57 PM  
I didn't the first two times, but I finally managed to pass the damn thing, and that was back in 1999.  The translations were even worse then.

Q: On passing the wheel of the flat-tire driving rider with no candles, do you:

1.  Announcement to police
2.  Patch extra wheel device if present
3.  Stop and place candles
4.  All of the above
 
2014-01-19 09:21:55 PM  
Do I have to be a Chinese citizen to get such a license? I think I'd be disqualified based on that alone.
 
2014-01-19 10:38:55 PM  
Chinese people who can't drive come HERE to get licenses
 
2014-01-19 10:43:37 PM  

Donnchadha: Do I have to be a Chinese citizen to get such a license? I think I'd be disqualified based on that alone.


I'd be DQ'd just because I'm too lazy to go all the way there to take the test.
 
2014-01-19 11:30:26 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Chinese people who can't drive come HERE to get licenses


Around these parts every couple of years some story appears in the paper about Asian drivers bribing DMV officials in order to get their licences, It's become almost a running joke.
 
2014-01-19 11:41:33 PM  
Yes. I'm fairly certain I can come up with the bribe money.
 
2014-01-19 11:45:08 PM  
From what I've heard, the Chinese driver's tests rely mainly on rote performance of complicated maneuvers and not much on actual real world driving experience. It sounds pretty tough, but foreigners can get an easier pass based on having a foreign license already. The Chinese typically assume that foreigners are much better at driving than them (due to longer experience) and therefore don't need rigorous testing. From my experience in China, though, the drivers are absolutely farking insane. I would not feel safe driving there.
 
2014-01-19 11:45:28 PM  
I can probably get a few friends who can run laps around a stopped car a few times if need be.
 
2014-01-19 11:50:10 PM  
dear Americans.
You couldn't farking drive in Asia if your life depended on it.
 
2014-01-19 11:51:01 PM  
img4-2.realsimple.timeinc.net
What a box of Chinese blindfolds may look like.

/Not in the face.
 
2014-01-19 11:53:10 PM  
I have seen enough videos of driving in China. No way they have a driving test.

I call BS.
 
2014-01-19 11:53:42 PM  
Pedestrians do not have the right of way...

www.famouspictures.org
 
2014-01-19 11:56:41 PM  
Based on their driving abilities here I would think 105% of the population could get a license in China
 
2014-01-19 11:57:16 PM  

redly1: dear Americans.
You couldn't farking drive in Asia if your life depended on it.


.

This

I think what we call bad driving by Asians is how they drive normally there. Ergo, you'd have to be able to think and drive like that to survive.

I would probably die because I made assumptions that every drive was aware, but in China there are no rules.

/csb. Was in China riding a motorcycle taxi who zipped straight through a red light into left hand turning traffic. I Coked my pants.
 
2014-01-20 12:00:48 AM  
Having went to Beijing last year, I'm surprised there are any licensing requirements.

Holy crap, that's some scary shiat in a taxi.
 
2014-01-20 12:02:04 AM  

macross87: I can keep a left turn signal on for miles. Does that count?


No, that would be the Florida driving test.
 
2014-01-20 12:03:14 AM  
I can tape my eyes to be slanted and get a touch of the jaundice, if that's what you mean
 
2014-01-20 12:04:28 AM  

1nsanilicious: redly1: dear Americans.
You couldn't farking drive in Asia if your life depended on it.

.

This

I think what we call bad driving by Asians is how they drive normally there. Ergo, you'd have to be able to think and drive like that to survive.

I would probably die because I made assumptions that every drive was aware, but in China there are no rules.

/csb. Was in China riding a motorcycle taxi who zipped straight through a red light into left hand turning traffic. I Coked my pants.


I had that same driver in Shanghai. Big line for the real cabs. Guy pulls up on a motorbike with a covered area in the back that faced backwards with a metal bar that went across link a carny ride.

Probably shouldn't have gotten in that. You think it is bad looking forward when driving in Chinese traffic, try facing backwards when you don't know where you are going and all you can see are pissed off drivers starring at you.
 
2014-01-20 12:07:16 AM  
Sure, I have a new $100 bill on me.
 
2014-01-20 12:07:22 AM  

redly1: dear Americans.
You couldn't farking drive in Asia if your life depended on it.


I drove in figure 8 races

/I could learn
 
2014-01-20 12:07:58 AM  
"Looks like fun, right? This is just another day on Beijing roads, and what you can expect if you're able to pass the Chinese driver's test."

Author has obviously never driven in New York.

/or L.A.
//or any other major US city
 
2014-01-20 12:08:33 AM  
I have the wong stuff.

alltherightsnark.org
 
2014-01-20 12:08:47 AM  
Yeah. Sure. In China. Where laws are comprehensive and rigorously enforced. [eyeroll]
 
2014-01-20 12:10:16 AM  

redly1: dear Americans.
You couldn't farking drive in Asia if your life depended on it.


Seeing as how Asians can't drive here, that's a fair assumption.
 
2014-01-20 12:13:56 AM  
Chinese drivers are incredibly aggressive, but not particularly offensive.

wtf who unlearned English?

/stopped
 
2014-01-20 12:14:44 AM  
Csb:

A few years ago, I rode a motorcycle from hanoi, to a tourist place about 2 hours away.

That traffic, combined with being on a 40 year old motorcycle was probably the dumbest and funnest, thing I've ever done.
 
2014-01-20 12:16:24 AM  
Is this why they're all such bad drivers here?  They think cars turning left have the right of way, and when a speed limit sign says 120, you're actually only supposed to go 90?
 
2014-01-20 12:17:16 AM  

redly1: dear Americans.
You couldn't farking drive in Asia if your life depended on it.


I could.  I am American and Colombian, and you have obviously never driven in Latin America or Miami.

I learned to drive in the states, and I learned to drive defensively in South America.
 
2014-01-20 12:24:07 AM  
Based on every Chinese driver i have ever seen, yes; yes i could pass a Chinese driver's test. Just having a pulse is apparently most of it.
 
2014-01-20 12:25:08 AM  

serial_crusher: Is this why they're all such bad drivers here?  They think cars turning left have the right of way, and when a speed limit sign says 120, you're actually only supposed to go 90?


Well, minor point here, but 90kph is the minimum in the center lane; max is 110 kph. Unlike the US which has no minimum on the interstate, which constantly pisses me off.
 
2014-01-20 12:26:52 AM  
Wait....There are established rules and protocol associated with that mess?
 
2014-01-20 12:30:10 AM  

phrawgh: Yes. I'm fairly certain I can come up with the bribe money.


Done in six.

/Came here to say "yes, I have $20."
 
2014-01-20 12:30:10 AM  

theflatline: I learned to drive in the states, and I learned to drive defensively in South America.


Not sure why Brazil even has traffic lights. It's not like anyone actually pays attention to them.
 
2014-01-20 12:30:18 AM  
img.fark.net
My nephew posts a lot of these. The BMW belongs to a local Chinese official, so you know who was at fault here. The Audi (which was sitting still) was.
 
2014-01-20 12:30:20 AM  
The three driving rules i saw in china:

(1) get a scooter
(2) drive it on the sidewalk
(3) fark everyone else
 
2014-01-20 12:30:52 AM  

HotWingAgenda: serial_crusher: Is this why they're all such bad drivers here?  They think cars turning left have the right of way, and when a speed limit sign says 120, you're actually only supposed to go 90?

Well, minor point here, but 90kph is the minimum in the center lane; max is 110 kph. Unlike the US which has no minimum on the interstate, which constantly pisses me off.


oops.  I didn't see the word minimum there.
So, left lane is 100-120, middle is 90-110, right is 0-100?  Something like that?  The kind of setup I've wanted here for a while.
 
2014-01-20 12:32:16 AM  
Well, I don't plan on going there anytime in my life, so I'll pass on taking the test.
But you go ahead, knock yourself out.
 
2014-01-20 12:33:34 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Well, minor point here, but 90kph is the minimum in the center lane; max is 110 kph. Unlike the US which has no minimum on the interstate, which constantly pisses me off.



Huh?
 
2014-01-20 12:38:59 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Unlike the US which has no minimum on the interstate


Quite a number of jurisdictions have a posted minimum speed.

upload.wikimedia.org
That said, the choice of speed limit (max and min) is state dependent.
 
2014-01-20 12:40:22 AM  

HotWingAgenda: serial_crusher: Is this why they're all such bad drivers here?  They think cars turning left have the right of way, and when a speed limit sign says 120, you're actually only supposed to go 90?

Well, minor point here, but 90kph is the minimum in the center lane; max is 110 kph. Unlike the US which has no minimum on the interstate, which constantly pisses me off.


Your wrong. Most states have a speed limit.
 
2014-01-20 12:41:23 AM  

redly1: dear Americans.
You couldn't farking drive in Asia if your life depended on it.



I didn't have any problem driving in Beijing when I lived there. I'm just lucky I didn't get pulled over, because I didn't have a license or anything.
 
2014-01-20 12:42:14 AM  
The first time I had to cross a street in Beijing I asked a granny with grandson in tow how to do it.  She laughed and held my hand.  I was so grateful.
 
2014-01-20 12:43:50 AM  

LemSkroob: HotWingAgenda: Well, minor point here, but 90kph is the minimum in the center lane; max is 110 kph. Unlike the US which has no minimum on the interstate, which constantly pisses me off.


Huh?


http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/ journal_of_transportation_and_statistics/volume_07_number_23/html/pape r_06/index.html

I actually remember learning the vocabulary word "irony" in Mr O'Hara's 4th grade class from an example that used as an example of irony the 'minimum speed limit' on American interstates.

It was a pretty weird example of irony. Thanks for setting me straight, Alanis!
 
2014-01-20 12:47:29 AM  

macross87: capt.hollister: macross87: I can keep a left turn signal on for miles. Does that count?

No, that would be the Florida driving test.

Why not both?

,
Because I believe the proper usage in China is to never use turn signals.
 
2014-01-20 12:47:40 AM  
I live near Flushing in Queens. The stereotype has a lot of truth to it.
 
2014-01-20 12:52:20 AM  
bmr68:

Your wrong.

His wrong what?
 
2014-01-20 12:55:43 AM  

LoneVVolf: Based on every Chinese driver i have ever seen, yes; yes i could pass a Chinese driver's test. Just having a pulse is apparently most of it.


How do you know they are Chinese? Did you converse with them in Mandarin or Cantonese? Not that it really matters. Your kind probably think all non whites are inferior anyway hence your stereotype.
 
2014-01-20 12:57:47 AM  

SuperNinjaToad: How do you know they are Chinese? Did you converse with them in Mandarin or Cantonese? Not that it really matters. Your kind probably think all non whites are inferior anyway hence your stereotype.


Surely he is racist, being white and all.
 
2014-01-20 12:58:54 AM  

SuperNinjaToad: LoneVVolf: Based on every Chinese driver i have ever seen, yes; yes i could pass a Chinese driver's test. Just having a pulse is apparently most of it.

How do you know they are Chinese? Did you converse with them in Mandarin or Cantonese? Not that it really matters. Your kind probably think all non whites are inferior anyway hence your stereotype.


Oh please, everyone know that different races and ethnicities have a distinct body odor. All you have to do is get close to their faces and take a long, hard sniff.
 
2014-01-20 01:01:02 AM  

Yogimus: bmr68:

Your wrong.

His wrong what?


Tired while typing...
 
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