Car Insurance in China: It’s Important
If you’re coming to china for missionary work, I highly advise you read my blog post below. Trust me, it’s vital…
After roughly the 800th time I had been casually strolling along the sidewalk to find a crazed vehicle hurtling towards me at high speed. I asked myself. ‘Why are the Chinese such bad driver’s?’
I really didn’t understand. Especially since my friend, who was learning how to drive in China, kept informing me how difficult it was to get a license.
How can an entire nation study so hard, and still be, and I say this as someone who is no stranger to hair-raising car journeys in foreign lands, THE WORST DRIVERS IN THE WORLD?!
Then I asked my friend what getting her license actually entailed, and it all made sense.
Sure, they still have to pass a road test and answer theory questions. But the first test involves driving around an empty car park in a vehicle full of fellow learners. While an ‘instructor’ (who you will have to heavily bribe in order to actually receive any instruction from) publicly humiliates you by screaming at every little mistake. This lasts for months. If you don’t give a good enough gift you may never get past this stage.
Once you’ve passed that test, you will move onto the road. Which would be fine, except in the case of my friend, who passed the first test and was given under 24 hours to master roads and traffic before her next test. Had she passed she would legally have a license despite having literally no actual driving experience.
And then there’s the fact that the traffic is actually controlled by learners with under one day of driving experience. Once they have passed their tests, the final hurdle in getting a full license involves donning a reflective vest, a ridiculous hat, and taking to the streets to ‘enforce the laws of the road’. Why? No one knows. Is it a good idea? Of course it isn’t! These people never learnt how to drive on the road!!!
So, if you’re thinking of driving in China, for the love of god invest in full coverage car insurance of the highest form! Here’s a tool I’ve used before to find car insurance companies near me. I don’t recommend buying very cheap car insurance no deposit.
It’ll cover nothing! Especially when you drive in China. Make sure you have the best car insurance you can get. You’ll need it, trust me on this.