I’ve never driven a car in Korea. I honestly think this experience would be the most terrifying thing ever. Koreans (sweeping generalization warning!) are typically terrible drivers. A few months ago, I was at a Korean traditional village. We were in the parking lot and as as we crossed the street in the practically empty parking lot, a giant white SUV turned the corner (his view in no way obstructed) and hit a girl walking 3 meters ahead of us. I kid you not. Luckily he wasn’t going too fast, but it still threw her on the ground.
Often times, buses will run red lights (as I mentioned before). Scooters will regularly drive on the sidewalk. Everyone just wants to get where they’re going in the shortest time possible by any means possible.
My favorite Korean driving technique though, is the honk/drive. As Korean drivers drive through red lights, they’ll often honk. They’ll stop at a red light, see there are no cars coming, and they’ll honk as they corss the intersection on a red light; as if to say,I am honking, this is plenty of warning of any incoming traffic. I like the idea of the driver who crosses a red light while honking and gets into an accident. “Why did you hit me? I was honking! It was quite obvious that I was there! You could hear me from like a mile away!”
Oh! And in Korea, if you get into an auto accident, the blame is 60/40. 60 to the person that caused it, because it’s their fault and 40 to the victim, because if they wouldn’t have been in the way, the accident wouldn’t have happened. Apparently it’s the same way in some places in the States. This rule makes me smile. Seems so ridiculous, but it makes sense in a weird way.