WBUR’s On Point program spoke to Peter Hessler about his new travel memoir Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory. Hessler drove the length and breadth of China and reports on how the car is changing the world’s largest country.
He began his journey with a mundane trip: he got a driver’s license. Among the questions on the written exam is this one, which tells you a lot about driving conditions in the Middle Kingdom, even in the twenty-first century:
223. If you come to a road that has been flooded, you should
a) accelerate, so the motor doesn’t flood.
b) stop, examine the water to make sure it’s shallow, and drive across slowly.
c) find a pedestrian and make him cross ahead of you.
Hear the interview and read the whole excerpt here.–David E