Ok, so yeah, its another gripe with the world, but hey, that's just me.
I'm driving in to work this morning and although I notice it all the time, all of the worst driving habits of drivers in Japan are glaringly apparent. That being said, here are some driving tips for the idiots out there:
1. Use your freaking turn signals. They are there for a reason. When the guy behind you is blaring his horn, that's usually why. He's probably pissed off because you're stopping for no reason that is visible to him.
2. WHEN you use your turn signals, they're not attached to the steering wheel. Turn them on BEFORE you turn, not AS you turn. There's no point in turning them on as you turn because it is pretty freaking apparent that you're turning by that point.
3. You know those big red upside down triangles that say stop or "tomare" here in Japan? They mean STOP AT THE FREAKING LINE! It doesn't mean slow down, it doesn't mean stop with half your car sticking out in the road. Once you've stopped, CREEP out into the road. Don't freaking launch out and hope for the best. And make sure you lean forward, I see too many idiots out there who have their seat reclined all the way back as they pull out and can't seem to figure out why people give them nasty looks.
4. At four way intersections where one side has a flashing red and the other has a flashing yellow, if you've got the yellow, you have the right of way. The flashing yellow means to slow down and use caution, not come to a complete stop. The flashing red means to STOP! It doesn't mean slow down, look at it as a stop sign.
5. At narrow four way intersections where the side streets have stop signs and the main thoroughfare does not: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FREAKING STOP IF YOU'RE ON THE MAIN ROAD. To the contrary, if you're on the side street, you DO HAVE TO STOP! See Tip #3 for clarification.
6. On a road where there is a car parallel parked in your lane. YOU HAVE TO STOP. ONCOMING TRAFFIC has the right of way. Same applies vice versa.
7. Last but not least, PAY ATTENTION to the road and other drivers! Don't put on make up, change clothes, focus on the stereo, whatever. I got stuck behind this idiot trying to dig some crap out of her bag as she drove at 30kph for about 3km. I was on my bike so to make it worse, she kept pulling to the left so that I couldn't pass. I about went over and slapped that biyotch. When I went back to Hawaii last week, this different idiot was on the H1 driving at 50mph trying to change his shirt and swerving all over the place in the process. To top it off, at one point, his driver side door went flying open. I was going to suggest to him that although he should pull over to do what he was doing, the least he could do is take off his seatbelt.
Whew...ok, I think that's it for now.
Oh yeah, can anyone tell me where some of these people buy their licenses?