Here are some tips regarding road safety in China including driving etiquette in the country, PRC driving licenses, seatbelts, police procedure in case of accidents, and crowd behaviour.
Driving Etiquette in China
Driving etiquette in China is usually missing. Even in major cities
the people tend to break traffic rules, if traffic police personnel
are not on the scene. As a result, the traffic wears a chaotic look.
Traffic courtesies are usually ignored. It is common for cars and
buses to intrude in the wrong lanes. So pedestrians should always be
careful. Most traffic injuries involve pedestrians or cyclists who
are involved in collisions or who encounter unexpected road hazards
like open manholes. While crossing streets, the pedestrians should
be extra careful.
PRC Driving Licenses
Foreigners with resident permits could apply for PRC driver
licenses. However, due to liability issues, employing a local driver
The Chinese are not in habit of wearing seatbelts. Even in the taxis
and cabs, the seatbelts are missing. However, if your car has the
seatbelt and you remember wearing it, you could avoid major injury
in the event of a collision. Child safety seats are not widely
available in China.
In Case of Accidents
You are advised not to move your vehicle from the scene of the
accident unless the traffic police direct you. The police will do a
preliminary investigation determining who was at the fault and ask
you to report to the police station responsible for the accident
scene. Don't readily sign the report the police prepare. First
ensure that it is accurate. If the report is written in Chinese and
you cannot comprehend it, sign with a disclaimer to the effect that
you cannot read and understand the report and cannot attest to the
accuracy thereof, but are signing it because of the police are
asking you do so.
The Chinese usually gather at the spot of the accident. In this case
the driver should remain calm. The crowd, if it considers you at
fault, could behave like an ad hoc jury and ask you to pay the
damages to the other party. A certain amount of bargaining would do.
If a traffic police booth is nearby, you could leave the vehicle on
the spot and wait there for the police accident team.
Here are some road safety tips for China including driving etiquette in the country, PRC driving licenses, seatbelts, and police procedure in case of accidents.