I’m sure that many people heading to Beijing for this summer’s Olympic games might be tempted to rent a car as their primary mode of transportation. On the face of things it seems like a pretty good idea. But after reading “A guide to driving in Beijing during the Olympics,” perhaps there are better alternatives.
Here are a few excerpts to make you never want to get anywhere near a Beijing street again:
1. Physics 101: Beijing drivers seem eager to challenge the physics principle that no two objects can simultaneously occupy the same point in space... It's also not uncommon for drivers who have missed their exits to simply put the car in reverse and back up into traffic.There are a number of other rules and suggestions that follow, each making things scarier than the next. The point seems clear – you shouldn’t be driving in Beijing. But knowing these facts now, you probably don’t want to be in any vehicles of any sort...taxis, busses, limos included. So if you’re lucky enough to be going to Beijing this August, do the right thing: take the subway. Subway trains can’t turn on a red light, can they?
2. No-Look Turns: Some countries have rules allowing right turns on red lights. Beijing has something unique: No-look turns. That's right, they follow the maxim that "if you see me, you're responsible for not hitting me," and its corollary, "if I don't see you, it's not my fault if I hit you."