Or one of many other countries I have been in!
How to be a Taxi Driver in Saigon – Vietnam, Asia
By: Graham Price
Positions Available: Applicants Sought
Job Title: Taxi Driver
Location: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Qualifications Required: Driving license or some previous experience of having driven a car preferred, but not essential.
1. Excellent Spatial Awareness – you must be able to know exactly where your vehicle begins and ends. This will become apparent when you draw to a halt (from speed) precisely one millimeter away from the scooter in front, or when driving (at speed) through a red light that requires a death-defying manoeuvre between traffic coming from either side.
2. A Strong Right Thumb – this is a must for successful horn operation. The horn has many uses; the following list is by no means exhaustive. Creativity and resourcefulness in this area are particularly welcome. The horn should be sounded when you wish to:
- Hurry vehicles in front along
- Bully smaller vehicles into the slow lane [or onto the shoulder]
- Warn any bikes in the right-hand lane of your intention to turn right from the left-hand lane
- Warn other users of your presence (especially when overtaking on a busy street, driving the wrong way down a one way street, running a red light, or taking a corner on the wrong side of the road.)
- Scare pedestrians who have become stranded in the middle of the road (purely entertainment value)
- Inform drivers ahead that the traffic lights have changed. In this instance, the horn should be sounded precisely half a nanosecond after amber turns to green.
- Apologise to someone whom you have cut-up whilst changing lanes
- Show your distress and distaste if any other road user should be inconsiderate enough to run red lights, drive on the wrong side of the road, etc.
3. The ability to “read” your passenger’s “type” – Passengers tend to fall into one of four main groups: