0025 Rules of the Road
This is Randi Hacker with another Postcard from Abroad from the KU Centers for East Asian Studies and Global and International Studies.
The rules of the road are different everywhere! And we’re not just talking about the whole left side/right side of the road thing. In Turkey, it’s mandatory to have a fire extinguisher, reflective triangle and first-aid kit in your car. In Cyprus, drinking while driving is illegal. Sounds like home, right? Except here this includes taking sips of water – even from a brown paper bag. In Russia, you may be fined if your car is dirty, especially if your license plate is hard to read. Driving through a puddle and splashing pedestrians is considered reckless driving in Canada, England and Japan with fines ranging from $65 to $800. And if you happen to be traveling in South Africa, do keep in mind that sheep, goats and ostriches have the right of way. So drink up first, don’t play in puddles and yield for wildlife.
With thanks to Jennifer Duhamel for this text, from the KU Center for East Asian Studies, this is Randi Hacker. Wish you were here.