The Whole Taxi Door Slamming Affair Explained in a Nutshell

August 17, 2016


As lots of travellers quickly notice, in Colombia taxi drivers do not like the way foreigners close their car doors.


Either they get very upset after the fact or don't allow the tourist to close their doors, instead opting for a Don't-worry-don't-worry-I'll-do-it attitude, leaning and wriggling inside their taxi to close the doors themselves. It's not that they're cranky or being overly nice, there's a logical explanation for this odd behaviour, one which Guanabana Tours scientific research team has finally discovered.


For whatever technical and design reasons that may be, car doors are heavier in North America and Europe and other areas of the world. From the age of five you have probably memorised the amount of force to use closing such heavier doors, and when you apply that same amount of force on a flimsy tuna can taxi door here after you get out, you better believe it, it's one hell of a slam!


Hence the pissed off taxi driver syndrome in a nutshell.


Don't believe us? Just observe any Colombian when visiting North America or Europe and see how many times he or she has to attempt to close a car door before we get it right.


So please, go easy on the taxi doors guys, make a taxi driver's day!




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