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User currently offlineDodgeCharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 1181 times:

Ok, so here is my question...Does anyone still use their blinker when changing lanes in the Dallas area? I swear that on some cars it must be an option because i'm thinking some cars must not have them.

It's just one of my pet peeves. I can't stand it when someone just cuts in front of you without using their blinker, especially in really heavy traffic on I-635 for example. If they would just kindly put their blinker on, i'd be more than happy to let you in. Makes things a lot easier.

Also, everyone.....slow down!!! Believe it or not, their are speed limits on Dallas freeways.

Ok, now that I have made the freeways safe....have a great day!

DodgeCharger

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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1168 times:

The sooner you realize and accept that Expressways are a bastion of speed, you will be better off. Nobody is going to go 55pmh in a 55mph zone. Nor will they go 65 in a 65 etc. This is not limited to Dallas (and yes, I did live there). Same goes with turn signals. People just suck at driving, and can't take that .00034 seconds to click on the signal. Again, this is not limited to Dallas, but anyplace that has roads and cars.....and stupid people.

User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1167 times:

I use my signal. And yes the people drive fast here, but at least some of them are good drivers. Most are idiots that don't know where the hell they are going.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Don't worry yourself about the lack of turn signals on freeways in Dallas. Here's some better advice for you when you're off the freeways...when sitting at a stop light and the signal changes to green, wait...wait...WAIT before hitting the gas, as you can count on at least 3 vehicles running the red light.

User currently offlineHighguy76 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1157 times:

Being a recent transplant from Dallas/Ft. Worth to the Seattle area, I have found that people here pay more attention to the speed limit (at least on I-405) than they do in DFW.

At first it was maddening since I was so used to going 80 in a 55, but you get used to it.
hg76


User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2048 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

In Dallas, just go with the flow.


II Cor. 4:17-18
User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

People not using their signals is my ultimate pet peeve. I have no problem with people driving 25 mph over the speed limit since most interstates are basically a straight line, but when you jump in front of people without signals, it just pisses me off so much.


The Ohio Player
User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1125 times:

There's turn signals on cars in Dallas? Hmmm..... Learn something new everyday!

User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

Turn signals for making left and right hand turns would be nice. However I sympathize with those who dont use them when changing lanes. Basically, using a turn signal will give away your strategy and precipitate an quick attempt by someone to fill that gap you were trying to squeeze in to.

There seems to be an unwritten rule about red lights here. For example, if you are waiting at a light, it goes green, and there is a large vehicle in front such as a concrete truck taking a lot of time to accelerate--thus causing you to miss the light had it not been there, then according to the unwritten rule, every car that was delayed by the truck can run the red light.

The DFW area has some of the worse tailgaters I have ever seen. If I get a tailgater, then I will probably move over. If the tailgater is in the far right lane with me, I will slow down in 5 MPH increments until they get the message and leave. The lowest I ever had to go was 30MPH until someone figured it out.

I do try to drive near the speed limit on 183 and near the airport because there are several speed traps and I really do not need the ticket or the rise in insurance rates. Basically, the police can pull over almost anyone since everyone speeds. I guess everyone speeds because they figure the odds are low that they will be the "chosen one" when going by the cop. Traffic density is very high on 183, so they obviously cant get everyone. Of course, someone is going to get it.


User currently offlineErfly From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

Coming from Florida, there is one thing you should know about turn signals:

Turn Signals are optional and just because it is on, it does not mean I'm turning.

 Smile


User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1109 times:

Texas drivers are the worst. I'm from Oklahoma City, but I lived in Dallas while I was going to school at SMU. I would travel from OKC to Dallas on I-35 and on I-75 and the Texas cars would ALWAYS be driving about 100 miles per hour, changing lanes with no signal, not move over when you came up behind them, etc. They NEVER use signals either. In Dallas, EVERYONE ran the lights when it changed to stop. I must admit though, my driving manners changed when I moved to Dallas.

UAL747


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

Driving in Dallas makes you a much better driver!


Go big or go home
User currently offlineMhsieh From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

DO you guys think U.S. drivers have adequate driver training?
It often appears the requirement for a drivers license in this country is very very low. I wonder if people drive poorly because of malicious intent, selfishness, ignorance, poor training, or just lack of understanding.
I was told that drivers ed in Japan is much more extensive and testing much more vigorous. How about Europe?


User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3873 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

I do. In fact, if i'm in the car with my parents, and they don't use it, I let them know it.
The problem isn't helped by the fact that most of the non-expressway thoroughfares (Preston) are so pothole ridden and clogged with improvement projects that they really aren't an effective alternative to the tollway or 635.

The reason why driving in Dallas makes you a much better driver can also be attributed to the fact that a large minority of the population are probably the worst drivers on the face of the earth.

I will say this, to the contrary, though. You tend to ignore pedestrians driving in Dallas as there really aren't that many, so when you move to another place with a larger pedestrian population, you are at a disadvantage.


User currently offlineDodgeCharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

Ok good, so it looks like I am not the only one who notices people in Dallas have different rules for driving than other parts of the country.

By the way....for those of you who still use your blinker here in the Dallas area, I would love to shake your hand.

Just in case anyone cares....my g/f is from Milwaukee and people actually use their blinkers because, I know this sounds weird, but cops actually pull people over for not using their blinker and for other traffic violations. I was amazed when I first found that out when I first visited up there.


User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

"Turn signals for making left and right hand turns would be nice. However I sympathize with those who dont use them when changing lanes. Basically, using a turn signal will give away your strategy and precipitate an quick attempt by someone to fill that gap you were trying to squeeze in to."

Alright so here I am drivin down 271 today (three lanes), Im in the middle and on either side abouit 7 feet in front of me are these two explorers. One turns on its blinker then starts to merge in front of me. The the other dude makes a lane change with out turning to look at his blind spot. they came about an inch from contact in the middle of the lane. Of course whats extrememly dangerous in that case is when people wake up and jerk the opposite way to avoid the car they were about to hit. It's really easy to lose control that way. All this at 20 mph over of course. It just made me shake my head. When will poeple learn?

On the thing of drivers ed well with the schools around cleveland at least its a total joke. People talk on the cell in class or listen to the walkman, or just go to sleep. The test is usually drive around the block once, and then go forwards backwards forwards through three cones. Its an absolute joke. Its so easy to get your liscence.




The Ohio Player
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

DodgeCharger-Its all relative. If we had good drivers that obeyed the laws the cops would do the same thing here. But everyone here breaks all the laws so the police crack down on them.


Go big or go home
User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5579 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

Quote:

Texas drivers are the worst. I'm from Oklahoma City, but I lived in Dallas while I was going to school at SMU. I would travel from OKC to Dallas on I-35 and on I-75 and the Texas cars would ALWAYS be driving about 100 miles per hour, changing lanes with no signal, not move over when you came up behind them, etc

1. It's all the Okies and Californians and damned Yankees that are causing the problems. Not us natives. Honest.

2. There is no "I-75" in Texas. I-75 is way east of us. The road you take into Dallas from OKC is US 75. There's a difference.

3. If God had not intended that I drive fast, He would not have invented the Northstar V-8.

4. If God had not intended that I fly airplanes, He would not have invented traffic jams.

As a parting shot, I agree that traffic here can be a problem, but I cannot fathom how anyone could ever conclude Dallas drivers are measurably worse than those in any major metro area (and no, OKC is not a major metro area, for which its residents should be grateful). Try driving in LA/Orange County, California, or maybe Long Island, NY on Friday evening. That's some adventure.



...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

You're damn right its us Yankee's doing the bad driving!


Go big or go home
User currently offlineRedraider From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 531 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

After growing up in Big D and cutting my teeth on the highways and byways of the Metroplex, then being "sentenced" to New Jersey and making my way around up here, Yankee drivers are BY FAR the ABSOLUTE WORST drivers ever to get behind a wheel. No question. To those that argue to the contrary are most like horrible drivers themselves.

If you think not using turn signals is bad, how about "floaters" who drift aimlessly between lanes leaving just enough room so you can't pass them? If you encounter less than 10 of these morons on the NJ Turnpike, then you're having a good day.

P.S. I second what sccutler said about "I-75". I'm amazed at the number of people in Dallas that do not know Central Expressway is not an Interstate.



My wife can't wrestle, but you should see her box.
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

Redraider. Having lived in Dallas, and having a great interest in all interstates (including a nice sign collection), I think most people's confusion with the fact it's U.S. 75 not I-75 lies based on the fact it's still an Expressway, which most people associate with Interstates.

As for us Yankee Drivers.....don't lump us all together. Yes, Jersey-ites are bad, as well as NYCers and such, but not all of us in this area are that bad. Besides, nothing will ever be worse than Floridas geriatric driving population...you know, the ones who have to swing into the left hand lane before making that right hand turn!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

Come to Michigan, let me take you for a ride, just make sure you dont wet your pants on my seats.


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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1026 times:

I'll be in Detroit next month. From what I have seen of Michigan Drivers on I-90 here in NY, they do not understand the concept of the 'fast' lane.....

User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

O man "understand the concept of the fast lane" do they ever. I can't believe how fast they drive in Detroit. They're prety good at it too.


The Ohio Player
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