It’s exciting to observe what the use of car in different places and times is. Why some nationalities take utmost care of their movable property, but elsewhere people appear not to care about anything at all – neither about scratches and dents, nor ding and other damage. Why at some places people favor small cars, but in other places – enormous vehicles, even if the geographical and climatic conditions are comparable.
For example, Netherlands is characterized by taking care of your car in an exquisite manner, worry about every little scratch is acceptable, while in southern countries such as Greece, Italy and France people peg notably less value to their vehicle. When performing parking maneuver, for instance, it is fully acceptable to shabby it against pavement or other vehicles. In Netherlands the same situation would end completely different – police would be called to deal with a loss to the third party.
Perhaps the difference between those two mindsets can be explained by different parenting – in Netherlands people value time and effort one has put to be able to afford a vehicle, while in France or Italy people are more careless about everything surrounding them. Although cars have become more and more accessible to general public, especially with the vast credit and leasing opportunities, the syndrome is left. There are a huge portion of people for whom the car is the most important thing in life that also serves as an element to show off the social standing in society.
Large sized vehicle proportion in USA is significant as well, but there’s a logical reason behind it. USA has not experienced Middle Ages when cities were designed with narrow and compact street systems. Cities in USA have been developed by constructing large, wide and straight streets – so there’s is plenty of space for middle and large sized vehicles. Moreover, past and current fuel pricing policy does not stimulate any changes in this. To sum it up, large sized vehicle usage in European cities is fairly complex and is further restricted by surging fuel prices, while in USA traffic conditions stimulate buyers to choose larger vehicles over smaller ones.
It’s also pretty fun to observe driving culture for different nation. Some nations like the German and the British follow the rules very scrupulously, while others – Russians and other post-soviet nations do not. There is a fact backed up opinion that in Russia everyone who has managed to get a car tries to show off in every possible way.
For Americans the strangest driving culture to come across is the one of southern and southeastern Asia. To put is simply, there are absolutely no rules whatsoever. But the number of vehicles on road (cars, scooters, motorcycles, variety of self-made transportation) reaches millions. It’s the largest vehicle market on the planet. Advantage over others on road goes to anyone whose vehicle is larger than anyone else’s. Except India; in India cows have advantage over anyone.
This was only a short glimpse at a huge variety of world’s driving culture, now you understand that it’s influenced by many factors such as environment and people mentality, while the main objective of driving is equal anywhere – to get safely from point A to point B.