• Dec 9, 2010
Chinese Taxi Driver prefers alternate route – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you miss an exit on the highway, the best thing to do is simply wait for the next one and double back. You will eventually get where you are going and the only down side is a few wasted minutes. In China, at least one taxi driver prefers a more efficient way to get to his intended destination... the U-turn. Apparently, the freeways of Tianjin are the Wild West of aggressive driving.

An excited American records footage from the back seat of this potential crash-cab. It should be noted that the female voice on the video is apparently none other than actress Kelly Hu, which means this could have quickly gone from horrible accident to tragedy faster than you can say Hawaii 5-O(h) no!

Make an illegal u-turn across the jump to view the clip.

[Source: YouTube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm a chinese guy living in the US. Let me shed some light on the issue

      In the US, cops have guns, and can use them at their own discretion. Lawyers & are there to enforce other laws... You can't really get away with things that easily.

      In China, the judicial system never developed to be as powerful as it is in the US. Cops also don't have guns- so they aren't as intimidating or powerful as cops in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes, that would make a huge difference I agree. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL, that is pretty wild!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And no one even honked at him, lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would crap myself if I was in the backseat
        • 4 Years Ago
        Only the first time time it happens to you. This type of driving is actually the norm in China. Missed an exit? Reverse on the highway! Need a shortcut? Use the sidewalk! Our taxi driver reversed on the sidewalk and turned into an alley that left only about a foot of space between the walls and our side view mirrors. I dubbed him Super Taxi Driver Man but then later realized that all the taxi drivers were like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      thats just jack up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG those two passengers obviously Singaporean that Singlish.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Glucker

      What about all the wrong way DUI crashes and deaths that we have here domestically? How come I never see those on autoblog? Where are your snarky headlines for those?
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xeip5m_car-crashes-from-china_shortfilms

      This post is not an attempt to make Chinese drivers look bad for the sake of it....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Think taxi driver name is Wong Wei.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem with drivers like this is that previous to the last decade or so cars were almost nonexistent outside major Chinese cities. All of a sudden millions of people can afford to get cars and a giant driving infrastructure appears to support it. Many of these people have not driven for the better part of their lives. You cannot compare a culture that has been driving for 100 years to one that's been doing it for less than a fifth of that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ohh yea hymm so i wonder if they even have speed limits their hell if some one is allowed to drive on the wrong side going against traffic then really is their need for any other types of safety measures like speed limits when clearly i guess THIS is allowed. well it isn't my problem so more power to them lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know how these 2 passengers didn't tell the idiot driving to stop what he was doing immediately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cultural differences. In China that kind of thing is fairly normal. I doubt you'll ever go there, but in case you do thought I'd let you know that cars don't stop for pedestrians either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A couple of things I witnessed/experienced last time I was in China:

      People standing in the median of a 4 lane highway selling newspapers, and drivers stopping (dead in the middle of the fast lane) to buy them.

      We missed a turn on an 8 lane road. It was probably more like a 4 lane road, but it widened out because a toll booth. We were in lane 7 and wanted take an offramp to the right, so the driver threw it into reverse for about 100 feet, stopped, turned exactly perpendicular to traffic and crossed the 7 lanes that way to make the exit.

      Two 3 lane roads that intersected without a single street sign or light. That's 12 lanes coming together with zero direction.

      Four cars wide all making the same left turn into a single lane road at the same time.

      In nearly two weeks and probably 30+ hours of driving I saw probably 50,000 cars but only one tiny fender bender. It's indescribable. It seems like total chaos, yet somehow it works.
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