02 September, 2009

Australian traffic vs Japan traffic

A few comparisons are in order: Japanese traffic travels slower than Australian traffic. I've mentioned this before. Because roads are narrow and only main roads have footpaths, the local roads double as bike paths and footpaths. Therefore our kids are used to walking on the road. This causes trouble for us in Australia. Our kids are pretty road savvy in Japan, but unaware of how fast Australian cars travel, even on seemingly wide and quiet roads. I often have to stop them walking along on the road or wandering across the road slowly and because they are wider, it takes longer to get across. Australians are much less likely to stop or even slow down for pedestrians. Of course they start at a higher speed, so it is harder to slow down.

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