Right Of Way

As we all know, driving in countries that are foreign to us can be extremely difficult. This being because street signs may be in different languages that we cannot understand or pedestrians not having the right of way while crossing the street. In Canada, pedestrians are always given the right of way when it comes to traffic control. We have specific cross-walks for them to cross on with lights that notify drivers that someone is crossing. In China, however, that is not the case. A friend of mine was on a tour bus in China driving to their next sight when they hit a man on a bicycle that was pulling watermelons in a wagon. The man on the bike was ok, but the melons were not. They were smashed all over the road and the rider was very displeased. He was cursing at the bus driver and making a big scene. Everyone on the bus thought that it was normal for him to be so angry about the situation so they all gave him money to replace the melons that he had lost. The man was probably making a living off of those melons. Little did they know that he did not have the right of way in that situation and it was technically his fault. It does not seem like it would be a big problem, but to us, we just don’t understand. We are always giving the pedestrians the right of way so when an incident like that occurs, the bus driver seems like the bad gay. This could be related to langue in that the rules are not shared. It may not be in grammar, but it sure was a misunderstanding. When you travel to China, always remember that even though the pedestrians do not have the right of way, keep a close eye out for them and try not to ruin their watermelons.

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One thought on “Right Of Way

  1. I agree that your story is about miscommunication and that in other countries we do have to be aware of the different rules and changes that occur. With your post in particular, I think that it is strange that the pedestrians do not have the right away, because it would be hard to walk places if you have to continually wait for cars and buses to drive by. It was very nice of that bus to give the man money for his watermelons even though it was his fault for getting in the way of the big bus. However harsh it sounds, the tourists probably would not have known that vehicles have the right away if that incident did not happen. And, it probably opened their eyes to what happened constantly in China because of those rules. In regards to discourse, the conversation is a broader sense of laws and regulations; I think that is the main topic because without the rules of vehicles having the right away, the whole scenario would not have occurred. Some might say that the discourse is transportation, because they are talking about both commercial tourism buses, and a bike holding melons. They are both transporting different things, and they are both normal way to transport.

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