Asian drivers are dangerous?

Help! I don't want to end up a racist! I live in a very Asian community. Like, 90%% Chinese and I am constantly avoiding near-misses with Asian drivers who seem hell-bent on their own destruction. I have taken to driving at a snail's pace whenever I get within range of a minivan being driven by an Asian because these seem to be the worst as far as changing lanes without any notice. Signaling to turn one way and then *surprise* turning the opposite way. Stopping short in highway merges with no other traffic around or driving at 40 miles an hour through residential streets with children on them. It's truthfully some of the worst judgment I have ever seen. I think there are lots of great things about my Asian neighbors but their driving is downright dangerous. Is this a normal conclusion to come to? I know it's a very easy stereotype but I have found it to be frighteningly true. I am sure there are exceptions, as with any rule. I do fear for my life at times with what I regard as a hazard of living where I live.

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  • well, if 90%% of your community is asian, then the majority of people driving crazy will be asian too. so when you only pay attention to cars, when they're driving crazy, then yeah they'll likely be asian.
    if you don't want to stereotype, just take racial terms out of your vocabulary as much as possible. (i.e. "that person drives crazy!" vs. "that asian drives crazy") if you stop using race as a way to label people, you'll have a harder time stereotyping. you'd be surprised how much just changing the way you word things can affect your thoughts.
    sorry if this sounds hippyish

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  • LOL I'm asian and yea i do notice that some of "our kind" can't drive to save our own lives
    and when i tell others this, they say I'm racist!

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  • My closest Asian friend has:
    gotten ticketed for speeding out of school when the officer was sitting right at the exit in plain sight with his blues on.
    wrecked a car because you just can't go from 60 to 0 on slush as fast as you can on dry pavement. He was also doing double the speed limit.
    ran into his best friend's stone wall and destroyed it.

    Most stereotypes seem to have at least half-legitimate origins.

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  • Not very fair to take this out purely on Asians. I think we should reverse the statement altogether: there are only a few nations in the world where drivers are actually pretty decent and orderly. I was just at Athens a few weeks ago and their driving was absolutely crazy too! It depends a lot on the culture. Sometimes, people just don't bother driving by the law.

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  • Everyone behind the wheel of an automobile is a dangerous driver. Race does not play into it.

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  • What's worse then an Asian driver? A woman driver :D
    Jusssst kidding. Everyone is a shitty driver. Leave it at that.

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  • Where I live, it's not the Asian drivers you need to worry about. It's the young Puerto Rican drivers. They tend to floor it in parking lots, roads and highways alike. Personally I've never known an Asian that drove like a maniac.

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  • I havent witnessed any of these asians but sounds about right anyways.

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  • There is nothing racist about pointing out an observation. If the repeated subject of that observation happens to fall in a racial category, so be it. Get over it, you bunch of whiners.

    My daughter and I have developed a standardized code from our weekly travels to LA based on the poor driving of others. (We, of course, drive perfectly.)

    You'll see it is not race-based, color-based or age-based ... we hit everybody. I know some of you will get your little feelings hurt so I'll apologize in advance: I'm dreadfully sorry.

    These codes were formulated for two reasons; 1) because the drive got a little boring at times, and 2) they allowed us a quick and very shallow method to identify drivers who fell repeatedly into the category that makes you want to a) flip them off; b) floor it to get around them; c) take a baseball bat to their windshield; d) remind them that their alarm clock went off this morning and now IT'S TIME TO DRIVE, YOU IDIOT!!!, or all of the above.

    So the use of these codes may simplify the measures to which you might go when your frustration redline is exceeded; ie, it's better to yell "You Code 4A!!!" out the window than something else that's blatantly insulting (however truthful) or could get you shot.

    Here we go:

    Code 1: Asian (what a surprise)
    Code 2: Old folks
    Code 3: Mexicans
    Code 4: Blonds
    Code 5: Minivans

    The codes can be mixed and further modified, too. For instance, a blond in a minivan would be a 3-5.

    An additional modifier is the cell phone which carries a code A. So a blond asian on her cell phone (she obviously bleaches her hair -- hey, it's LA!) would be a 1-4A.

    We never came up with a code for texting. No code would really be severe enough (you folks know who you are, don't you ...)

    So, there isn't any doubt that "by and large" Asians are in another galaxy when they're going down the road ... doing 20 mph less than the flow of traffic ... in the fast lane ... with no thought, care or concern of others around them. They're out there somewhere enjoying the view from planet Woo and can't be bothered with the petty little annoyances of others who may actually have somewhere to go.

    I truly would love to know what it is that they are thinking. Truly.

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    • SoulDaddy and your daughter also, ARE YOU TWO F-CKING RETARDS?!?! SERIOUSLY, GROW THE FUCK UP YOU TWO!!!! I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE BOTH OF YOU DIE A VERY HORRIBLE AND PAINFUL DEATH SOON!!!!

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  • you say you live in an area that is 90%% chinese. this means whenever you have a close call in traffic, chances are the person in the other car is going to be chinese. this doesnt mean that all asian people are bad drivers, it means you are taking notice of their ethnicity everytime you have a near accident. that sounds kinda racist

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  • I haven't encountered a lot of bad asian drivers. The ghetto black ladies in my area are the dangerous ones. They will nearly sideswipe my car while giving a "You better move or I will cut you look".

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  • haha. im half japanese and im a great driver. i mean i drive a little to fast at times. but otherwise im a great driver.ive witnessed other asians arent good drivers. so yeah i guess its normal.

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  • God! What's with the racism? Not all Asians suck at driving. Even other races could have speeding tickets or accidents too. Why are you guys always assuming only asians suck at it? %%uE334

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  • Majority Asian community.
    What did you expect?

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  • i'm asian. i don't drive very well. some of my asian colleagues (we're not dumb though, all university professors) do not drive well either. but i don't know how true the stereotype is.

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  • I think it relates to the phenotypical ocular traits. The spatial processing of these people is limited at best. Combined with inadequate English language knowledge results in tragedy on the roads.

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  • I just couldn't resist sharing this experience...As I was getting my mail in my subdivision, I noticed a car driven by an asian had bypassed the street it needed. (The street was my street, a crescent street.) Instead of pulling into a driveway and turning around, he stop in the middle of the road and proceeded to put it in reverse while waving the cars behind him around with his hand out the window. (Yes people were honking.) So a bit later I left to go to the supermarket. No joke, the same car was on the other outlet side in my crescent, trying to reverse out onto the intersecting street. He was in the middle of the street yet again waving the car that was honking to turn in. So why he couldn't turn into a driveway yet again? Not sure. Why he couldn't just drive around the small crescent in drive/forward? Not sure about that either. It was quite amusing though :-).

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  • Because I have a nice house, the schools are excellent and my nearest neighbors are pretty nice. I should be driving an armored personel carrier but otherwise it's pretty sweet.

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    • must be easy to get take out and get your laundry done.

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  • I would have to disagree with all of this! 100%% of asian people can't drive. DUH. It's a proven fact. sorry.

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  • I have to agree, Asians are some of the worst drivers in the world. Only NEW YORKERS are worse drivers than Asians.

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  • Asians are dangerous

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  • On the road they drive follow the speed limit, signal light and stop sign. In the free way is just like any average driver unless a drunk drive hit and run which is different story.
    buuuuut... in grocery, shopping, mall and PARKING this is where helll got looose: they fight over parking, screaming and yelling, cussing each other worse things happen they will start violence.
    Whatever you do about find parking try to park far away and take a walk.

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  • They got squinty eyes and can't see all that well. Give them a break. They have a different slant on things....

    Also they only have hair only on one side of their cunts. Do you know what side?

    The outside. ROFL

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  • It's because Asians have different styles of driving.

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  • Ok. One time in front of my house an Asian slammed his car into 2 parked cars. He was bleeding alot. I called emergency. First the cops came then the firetrucks. One of the cops asked me what happened. I told them what I heard. The cop then said, "it must be the O factor". I didn't know what that meant. He said, "he's Oriental". What made me laugh even more was that the cop is Asian himself!! So see, they even know what horrible drivers they are.

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  • haha, yeah they suck.

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  • I agree. There are bad drivers in every race...HOWEVER...Asian drivers win the top award for disobeying the road rules they were supposed to study in the driver's handbook. It's not thier fault. CA needs money and will give a license to anyone who can pay the fees. I'm told by Asian colleagues that Asian drivers just don't care. Some carry their own private insurance and if they hit a car, so what? They just go out and get another one and pay the fines. They MUST be first. In their country, it is a status symbol to own and drive a car. Cycles and pedestrians have no right-of-way. Well goddammit, you have fought your way into the US out of shanty squalor ...now pick up the goddamn drivers manual and learn about signals and RIGHT-OF-WAY rules. You don't turn into a driveway without a signal in front of a car that is driving toward you going straight in the opposite direction. Right-of-way is the oncoming traffic goes first and then you turn when, either when someone is courteous enough to let you in or when there is no oncoming traffic coming your way from the opposite direction. Signals are on your car for a reason! Be a little more courteous on the road when you see a HUGE bus trying to merge to an exit. You better watch it out there...people are getting more desperate and crazier than ever. You never know when you will make someone mad enough about your bad driving that they will pull out that hidden gun. Beleive that and beware. Please start following the proper road rules. That 99 Ranch Market isn't going anywhere. It will be there when you park!

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  • Asians seem to be the worst in australia. At a roundabout never seem to care who inside already. They just go right through risking not only their own lives, but others as well. I will give credit where credit is due, they make great doctors and professors but as drivers, they're fucked

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  • Why don't you just move another part of the area?

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  • I think a lot of them buy their licenses here. If they can barely speak english how can they pass the test or read road signs

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    • In a lot of asian countries, you have the roads filled with cars, bikes, animals etc all at the same time. There are no lanes, you kind of drive where you can. Also there is mud and potholes so you have to drive a bit erratically.

      So maybe when immigrants from these countries come here they drive the same way as in the homeland.

      Hey, what the fuck are those yellow lines in road?

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    • You are an idiot. Not all Asians or anyone not from a non-English speaking country can be assumed to not be able to speak English...damn how do you know they werent born "here". And wtf I never even heard of this stereotype before. To you lady, you already hold the notion that Asians are dangerous drivers and when you see this, already, in your mind, youve established grounds on where you can justify for your racism

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      • I would not say ALL Asian drivers are dangerous but I would say, and this is anecdotal at best, that the most consistently dangerous driving I see in my predominantly Asian neighborhood IS being committed by Asians. The sun visor while driving thing has proven exceptionally dangerous around here. Not only was I almost hit a few times by ladies sporting this type of headgear and the white cotton gloves, I witnessed a very near miss last Friday morning with another lady dressed similarly. She never really stopped in the 4-way stop. She never saw the other car using the intersection. Why? Because her fear of sun damage weighed more heavily on her mind than her actual safety behind the wheel. Or anyone else's. I had a mind to report her and her headgear to the police. Sorry if it is a stereotype but around here, these folks have no idea how dangerous their behavior is.

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        • hahaha... yeah, i saw lot of asian mom waring those sun visor (even my friend), the oven mitt thingy is to protect from sun damage (my aunt has a pair of those long sleeve sun protector). oh, for the writing test, you can choose what language you prefer. i know they have korean, japanese, tagalog, vietnam, mandarin, even indonesian. i didn't know they had indonesian, i took it in english. also, they usually got the answer from the back of the yellow pages book (chinese version). and it's true in my country they drive really crazy, they cut off people, change lane without notice. i don't drive myself, i barely passed the driving test. spent over $1000 on driving lesson. i freak out if i have to drive. my dad does not want to buy me a car since he's paranoid i'm gonna hit someone. i always live close to campus, so i can walk to school. btw, do you live in walnut?

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      • When I first started driving I noted bad driving habits in other people and the demographics that they were in. I noted that there were certain habits consistent with specific groups of people. At least the ones that I have observed. I have never seen a crazy asian driver but I'll certainly agree that they exist. Most of the asians I have seen who drive poorly drive rather stupidly. Randomly drifting into and out of their lanes, innapropriate speeds, ignorance regarding other drivers on the road that sort of thing. Now don't get me wrong. I think every group has bad drivers, and good drivers. But out of the bad driving I have seen in asians, they collectively more closely resemeble drunk drivers, than any other demographic I have observed driving badly.

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  • the u.n. is drafting a law making it illegal for any asian to drive.

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  • # 1 SoulDaddy has hit the nail on the head...as have many others. I drive in Oregon about 10 miles to work. The Asian drivers make me crazy. Not only do they drift out of their lanes, fail to turn on (or off) their turn signals, drive mini vans under the speed limit while sporting gloves and visors, and then come to a complete stop when making a turn onto a side street.

    #2 NBTYSUCKS needs to get an education and contribute something of substance...good grief at least an observation to the blog other than the "die a horrible and painful death soon"... KARMA SLAP coming your way!

    #3 We have a lot of Hispanics in the Portland area too. Seldom do I have an issue with them. I think they like to follow the rules and stay under the radar...hmmm I see another subject matter here...

    #4 The bottom line is, if people from other countries come here (legally) and want to drive they should first be able to read and understand our language...TAKE THE TEST IN ENGLISH!!! The states are doing all nationalities a disservice when giving a test in their native language and expect them to know the rules of the road when the signage is in ENGLISH. I do not want to start seeing more signs in other languages to accomodate other nationalities. When in Rome do as the Romans do...the rule applies here too. It makes me crazy when you go to an ATM and it is in Spanish and since I don't read Espanol too well, I have to fuss to get the screen changed back to English. It makes me crazy when I have to identify what language I want on an interactive voice response system...if English press #1 etc.

    Again, my point is, if other nationalities come to America, the nned to learn to read, write, speak and drive like an American.

    Oh...one more thing...when in the shower at the gym...it just gags me that the Asians think it is the time and place to clean their noses. They suck in the water and force it back out but plugging one nostril. Yes, they even do it in the sink area for all to see. I don't need to see it nor step in it. Go HOME to clean the snot from your nose...you are in America now!

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  • there is no disputing it. It has nothing at all to do with racism so those who always harp on that convenient lever just stop it. some things are just cultural. My parents live in a place called "Little Saigon" in California, so enough said there. But I witness it every day when I am there and when I see in amazing driving stunt or some driver impeding the free flow of traffic, it is always, and I mean always, it is an asian driver hands down. Recently, several surveys surfaced here in Southern California about drivers tests taken at local DMV offices. They revealed that many asians who were applying for driver's licenses or renewing, were indeed not the ones who were taking the written tests, but rather someone else like a family member or friend!! That says it all for me! (And yes they did it after their fingerprint was taken.)

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  • Teenage asian boys like to street race.
    Middle aged asian adults are very wreckless when driving, and they hate it when they can't have their way. The ones from my Vietnamese church like to park in prohibited areas. They don't give a crap about tickets/fines.

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  • An Asian guy driving a red Porsche crashed into someone's house in my street. After that the council put up all these extra signs and put more lines on the road.

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  • That's why I don't drive.

    Christy

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  • i have an asian friend that drives crazzy she lets her baby not wear sit belt and she actualy in the past have done accidents for money purpously and this one time some asians try to make accident to me and my mom then took out their camera so yes their stupid drivers and sometimes do it for the fuck of it $$$

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  • well billy, in most asian contries they only ride bikes so when they get here and see BIG AMERICAN CAR HORY COW they go crazy.

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  • stereotypes DEFINITEL due have facts behind them; and to me, the crappy asian drivers are the most obvious proof. i live in souther california where there are A LOT of vietnamese, and i can't even tell you how many times i've been cut off, almost side swiped, or just stuck behind someone going 25 miles under the speed limit and SURPRISE! they're asian. and the whole "well, if you live in an area where there's a lot of asians then OBVIOUSLY most bad drivers will be asian" is totally untrue; i moved her from chicago and i never had to deal with as much shit on the roads as i do here. being cut off was a rare, annoying experience; here, it's part of my daily commute. it drives me insane; these people have no busienss being behind the wheel of a car. just seeing a gold trimmed lexus being driven by a shriveled asian hag wearing two visors and looking around everywhere but in front of her or a white mercedes driven by a young asian woman dressed like a hooker with her mouth hanging open not paying one bit of attention to anyone as she drifts through a red arrow or stops on an on-ramp makes my blood pressure rise. don't even get me started on the whole "expensive car complex" that they have; i've seen the dilapitated shacks they live in- driving around in a luxury brand car doesn't food me into thinking you're rich, sorry. just the sign of a lexus brings vomit up my throat. so maybe this makes me a racist; but you know what? i don't care. asians suck.

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  • The real reason for Asian's poor driving skills is that they only have 30% vision from their slanty eyes.

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