Since I've been thinking a lot about driving lately, here are some of my observations on Taiwan traffic rules and practices that you just don't see every day in Western Canada.
- You can't turn right on a red light.
- There's a box at the front of major intersections specifically for scooters and bicycles. During a red light they all weave through traffic to the front, and then are the first to take off when the light changes.
- According to one thing I read, the person turning left has the right of way.
- You can turn left from the far right lane, or if convenient, change lanes (so you're driving against the flow of traffic) and turn left from there.
- It's acceptable double park anywhere you want as long as your turn on your hazard lights (in theory for 3 minutes or less).
- You may pass someone who's going around a car that's double parked.
- When the light changes to yellow, and then red, expect 2-4 cars to rush through the intersection before traffic begins to go.
- Most pedestrians walk on the side of the street because sidewalks are usually blocked by vendors, parked scooters and various other obstacles, in addition to being at a different level in front of each store front.
- You should honk your horn and optionally, flash your headlights before running a red light or stop sign