I feel like I have accepted driving in Korea fairly well. I get out; I get lost; I try again. I generally shrug off the antics of the taxis, buses, and aggressive Korean drivers. Then there was this week…
Was it Korean drivers? Was it me? Did I just start paying attention more? The honking is out of control. I feel like I have been honked at more this week than I have during my entire stay in Korea. At first I was surprised, then I was frustrated, and finally, I started making a list.
Reasons I Have Been Honked at This Week:
I feel that I am honked at most often not because I am doing something wrong, but because some drivers are incredibly impatient. My reactions have varied from confusion to amusement to righteous anger. I respond with answering honks, laughter, and lectures using my teacher voice.
I hope that next week returns to acceptable amounts of road rage.
Check out more of my thoughts on driving: How Driving in Korea is Like the Mob.