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Francesca Battaglia
Italy
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Sep 27, 2008

I've just experienced the rudest behaviour while driving back from the shopping market. The guy behind me made me pull over to yell at me because I wasn't going fast enough..excuse me! I do respect speed limits! hellooo!!!

So, what type of driver are you? And where did you find the smoothest drivers and where the rudest?

As for me, Italy is definately the gold medal for rudeness while Scotland was such a pleasure for my wheels..

[Edited at 2008-09-27 17:23]


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:21
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best and worst Sep 27, 2008

I'm a terrible driver (not because I don't respect the rules, but because I suck at driving. No further comment).

The worst drivers are by far the Italians, the best I would say...the Swiss.

Just to make an example: in Italy when you cross the street on the crosswalk, most of the times YOU have to stop because the cars won't stop to give you the right of way, or if they do, they stop just 2 inches away from you just to let you know how annoying you are to cross the street in front of you. How dare you, how very very dare youuu (as Catherine Tate's character, Derek, would say ;-D). Countless times I bickered with these drivers. Geeez...

In Switzerland on the other hand, cars stop quite a few yards away from you when you are on the crosswalk (actually starting to slow down waaaay before).

So, yes, Italian drivers: two thumbs down.
Swiss drivers: two thumbs up.


[Edited at 2008-09-27 17:49]


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Marcus Geibel
Germany
Local time: 09:21
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Ever tried... Sep 27, 2008

... to cross a street in Russia? I did in Moscow and St. Petersburg - to no avail, not even at a traffic light! You risk your life in trying, believe me

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Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
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Italy is Paradise compared to other countries... Sep 27, 2008



The worst drivers are by far the Italians


Liliana, believe me, they are not the worst.
Try being a pedestrian in Argentina


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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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I beg to differ Sep 27, 2008

Liliana Roman-Hamilton wrote:

The worst drivers are by far the Italians



Driving in Puerto Rico ain't no joke either..

Let's say it's a tie for me


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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well... Sep 27, 2008

the road is a race track, isn't it?

Giovanni (100% Italian...)


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Vito Smolej
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were you or he TWD or TUI? Sep 27, 2008

I've just experienced the rudest behaviour while driving back from the shopping market.

I dont get the context. Were you (or him) translating while driving? Or translating under influence?

See, this site is about translating. Or rude behaviour while/because of translating.

regards

Vito

PS: seems like he was a real AH ... but that's beyond my (or ProZ) point.


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Ivana Friis Wilson  Identity Verified
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Traffic /DK / UK Sep 27, 2008

Very good, Vito

I'm a lousy driver. Took me 4 goes before I passed and a lot of money on lessons.

I have just moved from DK to UK and I am happy to say I no longer own a car. I have 2 little kids and the thought of driving in the left side of the road terrifies me. At the moment, I am very happy just riding my bike

Traffic here in the UK is a lot smoother and politer than in DK, where traffic is actually quite good.


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Tatiana Lammers  Identity Verified
United States
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I never learned how to drive :( Sep 27, 2008

I started learning to drive and crashed the car into a tree. Ended with a broken hand too.....
Well, never learned how to drive for that was my first and so far last driving experience.
Now I walk everywhere or my husband gives me a ride when I need.


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Francesca Battaglia
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Of course Sep 27, 2008

Vito Smolej wrote:

I've just experienced the rudest behaviour while driving back from the shopping market.

I dont get the context. Were you (or him) translating while driving? Or translating under influence?

See, this site is about translating. Or rude behaviour while/because of translating.

regards

Vito

PS: seems like he was a real AH ... but that's beyond my (or ProZ) point.


Of course this did not involve any translation activity and this is why it's in the Off Topic area. But I believe it's a nice starting point for a cultural comparison. I see in the past may colleagues enjoyed taking a break and speak about experiences abroad. My excuses if this topic disappointed you.


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Juliana Starkman  Identity Verified
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Crossing la Nueve de Julio!! Sep 27, 2008

Cecilia Civetta wrote:



The worst drivers are by far the Italians


Liliana, believe me, they are not the worst.
Try being a pedestrian in Argentina


Crossing the Avenida Nueve de Julio in Buenos Aires is not a sport for the weak hearted! It takes 9 seconds to cross, but the light changes after 7, and you can see the drivers´ eyes gleaming like hungry animals as they barrel towards you! SOunds like an exaggeration, but it´s not too far from the truth!


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Vito Smolej
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Hey, you missed my ;) street sign Sep 27, 2008

well, if its off-topic, then lets go full tilt:

it was somewhere in Portugal or Spain, 5 or 10 years ago. A driver, checked during the morning traffic, was identified as 99% blind ("...can distinguish between bright and dark...").

He confessed he has been commuting daily 10 kilometers for the last 15 years (..."when it gets half dark, I have turn right...").

The police said that they checked him, because he was suspiciously slow.


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Anna Sylvia Villegas Carvallo
Mexico
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You've never come to my place, have you? Sep 27, 2008

Have you seen those yellow lines at the end of a street corner or in front of a school or a church? None sees them in my place! They don't even know what the yellow lines are painted for!

Believe it or not!



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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Peru
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The South is a nice place to drive Sep 28, 2008

I really hate driving, but the American Midwest is actually a great place to drive. There's always the inevitable idiot, but overall people are always extremely courteous. They always offer you the 'right-of-way'. Exits are never blocked. If your car breaks down and you have to pull over, you get a line of cars with people willing to help you. Literally.

My mom actually told this to an Argentinian friend of hers, how people stop their cars in order to help, and her friend told her, in a resigned tone of voice, that people over there not only don't stop but they slow down and scream "Jodete" (f*uck you). I'm sure she was exaggerating but that story stuck with me.


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Cagdas Karatas  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 11:21
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Exciting topic for me but... Sep 28, 2008

I love driving. I don't have a driver's license but I'm counting down, two months left. It's such a great happiness that I won't have to play puss-in-the-corner with cops anymore.

I said "but" in the subject line because I'm afraid it won't be possible to mention anything like "driving in Turkey" very soon. The fuel prices have gone crazy! I've heard plenty of people speaking hopelessly about the future of their driving career. They say they will have to lock up their cars in the garage or sell them if the price trend goes the same way. Turkey is one of the countries where fuel prices are the highest because of extortionate taxes.


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