The Friday Funny: Cultural context and driving behavior

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Having spent last week with people chiming in from all around the world to discuss cultural context and evaluation, we are wondering if our readers would be up for a collaborative all-continents (and as many countries as possible) effort to internationalize this US-originating classic that has done the rounds all over the Internet:

How To Identify Where A Driver Is From

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1. One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: CHICAGO

2. One hand on wheel, one finger out window: NEW YORK

3. One hand on wheel, one finger out window, cutting across all lanes of traffic: NEW JERSEY

4. One hand on wheel, one hand on newspaper, foot solidly on accelerator: BOSTON

5. One hand on wheel, one hand on nonfat double decaf cappuccino, cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator, gun in lap: LOS ANGELES

6. Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in terror: Ohio, but driving in CALIFORNIA

7. Both hands in air, gesturing, both feet on accelerator, head turned to talk to someone in back seat: ITALY

8. One hand on 12 oz. Double shot latte, one knee on wheel, cradling cell phone, foot on brake, mind on radio game, banging head on steering wheel while stuck in traffic: SEATTLE

9. One hand on wheel, one hand on hunting rifle, alternating between both feet being on the accelerator and both feet on brake, throwing McDonald’s bag out the window: TEXAS

10. Four-wheel drive pick-up truck, shotgun mounted in rear window, beer cans on floor, squirrel tails attached to antenna: ALABAMA

11. Two hands gripping wheel, blue hair barely visible above windshield, driving 35 on the Interstate in the left lane with the left blinker on: FLORIDA

12. Republican sticker on bumper, turning left on a no-left-turn intersection, kids in back seat screaming and flipping off other drivers: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Help us internationalize this guide for a global audience with your observations from your native country and anywhere else you have lived or visited!  We are aiming for something from as many continents and far-flung places as possible.

3 comments to The Friday Funny: Cultural context and driving behavior

  • Jane Davidson

    Have to add one from a country with some of the most memorably but calmly chaotic traffic anywhere …

    Cambodian family on 'moto'13. One hand on 50-100cc “moto” (scooter) handlebar, the other clutching toddler; spouse and older child seated behind; easing serenely into heavy oncoming and cross-cutting traffic to take corner on wrong side of road; traffic police standing on small pedestal in middle of road no longer bothering to direct traffic: PHNOM PENH, KAMPUCHEA (Cambodia)

    [Image by Jason Tabarias on Flickr]

  • David Earle

    Here goes for NZ;
    1. Death grip on the steering wheel; eyes focused firmly ahead; foot alternating between accellerator and brake: AUCKLAND
    2. Watching nervously at all sides for reckless pedestrians who might pop across the road at any moment: WELLINGTON
    3. Looking stunned and shocked and trying to figure out how many more detours are in place: CHRISTCHURCH
    4. Struggling to get a 1970s mini up a hill with the heater on full, and scarf wrapped under duffel coat: DUNEDIN
    5. Cruising along at 70kmph (no matter what the speed limit) with two dogs barking on the back tray: TAIHAPE

  • Carolyn Sullins

    Like too many Americans, I have insufficient experience outside the US to comment on other nations’ driving habits. However, I can confirm the validity re Indianapolis drivers. And if you have both hands tightly gripping wheel, neck craned to left, right foot lurching between accelerator and brake as you repeatedly try in vain to pass an oversized piece of farm machinery crawling at 45mph on the highway, you might be in MICHIGAN.