The best motorcycling advice anyone ever gave me was simple: ride like everyone is out to kill you. This sort of hyper-paranoia is great for keeping both bike and rider in one piece, but it can also easily tint your view of the rest of humanity. When an absent-minded teen wanders into your lane or elderly driver calmly ignores a stop sign right in front of you, the instances serve as proof of everyone's murderous intentions. It's as if a tiny light bulb illuminates inside your skull, underscoring in living color that yes, these people really are doing these things on purpose.

Of course, that's not the case nine times out of 10. People are screw-offs behind the wheel because the perceived stakes are so low. But on a bike, the difference between coming to a complete stop and rolling a red light can separate getting home to the wife in one piece and wondering where your right leg got off to.

Not every rider embraces this sort of uber paranoia, though. We're beginning to think it's a cultural marker. The two videos below beautifully underscore the difference between angry-riding Americans and their forgiving Canadian counterparts. Check them out to see what we mean and see if you can guess which is which.

*Update: While you can't fool the internet, you can certainly fool us. As it turns out, the gents on the dirt bikes are as American as Apple pie. One clear-sighted redditor spotted Texas inspection decals on the truck in question. We still stand by the assertion that Canadians are the nicest folk on the planet, though.




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      Serenespeed
      • 2 Years Ago
      A truly ignorant story Zach Bowman. Had no critical thinking involved at all. I will not judge you from this single and isolated instance though, as you did with Americans and Canadians (Texans). -L.A. motorcycle rider.
      davebo357
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought it was refreshing that at least the lady in the first video apologized. Insurance companies will tell you never to admit fault on the scene even if it's obvious. She owned up to her mistake, and all the guy did was toss his glove on the ground in frustration. It's not like he was going to punch her or anything. This was a dumb post AB.
      mufpixtintrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, I come to your site to get the latest automotive tidbits. After seeing this article, what are you trying to do? I know Americans and Canadians have their differences but same goes within their own fellow countrymen. Case-in-point with these videos as they're both Americans and handled the situation completely differently. I know I'd be more than peeved off in either of these scenarios. Please update this article with an apology of comparing the two nationalities, by generalization, and please just post automotive news. I come here to seek that, and that only. Make another site and name it "Autoblog Satire", if you wish to make articles like these. I think this is hardly obsessively covering the auto industry. From a Canadian automotive fan.
      Knolly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Um, the second video was from Texas. Everyone jokes about it being Canadian because of how polite they were, but it was definitely in Texas.
        Yumy Bacon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Knolly
        Texas for sure. Just look at the account and the other videos from the rider.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Troll Bait.
      Rexxer
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is the purpose of the title? i'm sick of these stereotypes about Americans.
      SuperSkyline89
      • 2 Years Ago
      First off, I live in Canada, and the idea that everyone is nice on the roads up here is crap. I drive 160km/day (Brampton to Newmarket and back) on the 401 and 400 and there are douchebags everywhere. They don't signal, they don't allow big rigs to merge, they use their cell phones while hogging the left lane at 100km/h and drifting side to side. I've also driven in America; Orlando, New York and New Jersey, Chicago, Washington D.C, Atlantic City. It's no different. In cities people are jerks, on interstates and such they're generally pretty good regardless which of the two countries you're in. I get that this isn't a news site but even as a blog post this is a total fail. Not only because your whole point is idiotic but also because to my eyes both videos showed people with a lot of restraint and decency. The worst thing was the biker throwing his glove on the ground, who wouldn't do that?
        googleitmoron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SuperSkyline89
        I grew up upstate and saw Canadian drivers all the time on the Interstate highways. They all seemed to be the ones who would pass you, then pull in front of you and slow down, or the ones you'd try to pass, then they'd speed up and match your speed as you try to pass. Is it like that a lot in Canada. It's rare that I ever saw American drivers do that.
        Brian P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SuperSkyline89
        I'm in the Toronto area also. I see everything you're seeing.
      James Scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm Canadian and I'm pretty sure I'd lose my **** over either of those instances. Probably more so over the U-Turn D-Bag since a friend of mine was hospitalized for 3 months and lost his spleen because someone did that in front of him.
      Outlaw Six
      • 2 Years Ago
      the very top comment from the uploader of the second video: "Sorry to disappoint Reddit fans, but i live in America...not Canada.... " did the southern accent not tip anything off? is this someone's basement blog? cause for a second i thought this was a site that considered itself a mildly legitimate auto journal.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! he was so angry! he should of been shot with a tranquilizer gun. The appropriate response would have been to compliment the woman on her driving ability and ask her out to dinner...just like I'm sure the sweet Canadians would all do.
      Luke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, one biker out of thousands and that's enough to form judgement. Both ways.
      POV
      • 2 Years Ago
      A single random incident, one from Canada and one from the USA represents or even proves the temperament of each country? OK... whatever you say.
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