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Driving defines cultures. Depending on where you live it seems to me that you can regard driving in one of two ways – an activity goverened by rules (that can be learned and enforced) or an activity goverened by reflexes. I once spent 14 hours on a minibus in Yunan and I think Chinese driving falls into the latter. Drivers in China seem to have received the following briefing:
1. Assume you are the only one on the road until notified otherwise (usually by horn);
2. Don’t look back when someone blows their horn;
3. Take the racing line on all corners (yes, oncoming traffic will be doing the same);
4. There is an imaginary third lane in the centre of the roadway – this is the overtaking lane;
5. You are expected to overtake;
6. Not to overtake reflects poorly on you as a driver;
7. Overtake early and overtake often;
8. When two overtaking vehicles approach each other an imaginary fourth lane will appear, also in the middle of the road;
9. Waiting for a gap in the traffic before overtaking is not an efficient use of your time, just pull out; and
10. Pedestrian crossings simply concentrate pedestrians. You are under no obligations to stop for them.