Traffic rules are more guidelines –
Follow at own risk –
Cause most people don’t
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
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The traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is chaotic to anyone not used to such traffic. See this video I took on a hand cam at a typical roundabout in the city.
How I’d describe the traffic is that it feels like walking fast in a mall, There are all the general traffic rules one would expect. People just don’t abide by them. In fact. abiding by them could get you in an accident, or killed. For example, there seems to be a general rule to go with the flow. Slowing down or stopping to be polite will get you rammed by behind often. Then, as a pedestrian, just go out into traffic. But whatever you do, keep a constant speed. People will see you and adapt to get around you, projecting your trajectory and taking into account everything around them. Stop and you ruin like a dozen people’s calculations, leading to a pile up. That’s what I mean by follow these traffic rules at your own risk, cause most people don’t and you could mess them up in an otherwise orderly chaotic flow of things!
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