What are the reasons of bad traffic in Shanghai?
I believe among all the hundreds of reasons people can think of, “many people don’t know how to drive” is one – may be not the major one.
Personally, I follow the traffic rule much more after I learnt to drive. Why?
1) I started to understand how dangerous jaywalking is.
2) I started to learn traffic rules
3) I understand much better how annoying it is to stand in the middle of the road and slow down cars.
Let me explain these one by one.
I Started to Understand How Dangerous Jaywalking is
To be honest, not everyone understand it, including me 3 years ago.
Since majority of people in China don’t drive and don’t know how to drive, and never have the experience of sitting in the driver’s seat to look at the road from that angle, driving is basically a mysterious skill. Before I learnt to drive, I just take it for granted that the drivers can see EVERYTHING, and they can stop the car at ANYTIME, and they have 100% skill set to avoid hitting anyone.
For example, people think it is very easy to stop the car running at 60 km / hour within 10 meters of distance. This is wrong perception.
After I learnt to drive, I started to understand there are certain angles that I completely cannot see when I drive – the blind area; there are certain circumstances (like someone in the dark at night) that drivers barely see; there are many cases that it is almost impossible for the car to stop.
Unfortunately, any drivers know that, but majority of people don’t know it.
I Started to Learn Traffic Rules
There are many traffic rules. However, I first know it only after I pass the driver’s exam. When to walk and when not to walk? Many people don’t know. I still know a lot of people who firmly believe the red light is only for motors, and not for bikes or pedestrians.
How Inconvenience it is
Jaywalking or things like this is not only dangerous, but also troublesome. When I drive, I saw so many people standing in the middle of the street, waiting to continue walking.
Before someone learns to drive, they think it is perfect OK. “All those cars, just go – I won’t move!” However, drivers MUST slow down just in case. This slows down the traffic and bring chaos.
These are some examples of the difference between driver and a non-driver. I believe drivers are better pedestrians after they learn how car and traffic works.
In Shanghai, for example, the percentage of drivers are too small, and it is one reason for the chaos of traffic. (Well, as I said, I don’t think it is the major reason though).