While commuters in cities like ours are plagued by splitting headaches that come with vehicles and their so-called drivers littering every corner of roads, people in South Korea tend to practice a more responsible kind of driving that might be alien to a lot of drivers.
A video footage revealing such a practice of the Koreans has recently gone viral on social media platforms. The 57-second clip shows an accident that brought traffic to a standstill inside a tunnel, blocking the entire passage. To make way for emergency personnel, the drivers coordinated to have each of their cars moved to the side to open up ample room in the middle of the road for emergency vehicles to pass through.
Making the rounds in social media channels, the footage has garnered more than 36,000 comments, and has been shared over 1.5m times and viewed in excess of 111m times just in five days, sparking a sense of awe – and indeed a little envy – at the Koreans’ attitude.
Ryan Leese from Maryland, for instance, remarked: “...here in the US, our drivers are arrogant, inconsiderate and douches. Something like what is portrayed in this video would never happen here. We're doomed.”
Tran Huu Trung, a Vietnamese national, said when an accident happens in his country, people will come closer only to video the incident using their phones to post it on social networking sites while the drivers will either squabble or lock into a scuffle.
“It is very polite and responsible action of South Korean people,” he extolled.
“It’s kind of weird for me to have people react to these things as amazing or beautiful. I live in Germany, and here that's like the most normal thing to do...,” Gina Gu commented from Germany.
Disagreeing with Gu, her fellow countrywoman Anne Bühler said: “You would not see Germans actually get out of their cars [when an accident happens] and help other drivers move out of the way. To see this happen in South Korea is what makes the video amazing.”
“This is only common sense to move out of the way for emergency vehicles. Nothing special here,” wrote Jolexus Xyooj from California.
However, a known-to-all, basic principle of both humanity and traffic laws is that vehicles and people should make way for an ambulance. But in most countries, ambulances are often not given right of way, particularly on occasions when roads are packed with swathes of humanity. At other times they often have to wait for cars to make way, and are even stopped to let VIPs pass.
So, regardless of whether or not it is a speciality of the Koreans, an exception to the conventional practice of showing disregard to emergency vehicles is now a viral hit. Maybe you could not believe your eyes requiring you to see the clip over and over.