JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2277 times:
Drivers in the S. of France are pretty terrible - therefore I fit right in ! Mostly we drive to fast and too aggressively (its the Italian streak), have no respect for pedestrians (or "targets" as they are referred to), double and triple park wherever we feel like (I personally never do this, as I find it extremely annoying), park on pavements, "target" crossings, wherever. Speed limits are for guidance only, and we are all still stuck in the old French method when dealing with roundabouts (traffic circles) ie. zoom straight on completely disregarding all traffic already on the traffic circle, despite the big "CEDEZ LE PASSAGE" signs. All good fun.
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3326 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2259 times:
More anthropological evidence that the Greeks have been there before and left their mark. (though they had only chariots at the time..)
Still, and fortunately, your region has had other influences over the centuries.
Here, conservatives and tradionalists as we/they are, ancient rules are still in force.
To name but a few: the heaviest chariot has priority on other chariots, all chariots and loaded animals have priority on pedestrians, the fastest way between two points is the straight line, roadsigns and other modern times postings are intended for tourists, one-way road indications are for the sole purpose of garbage-collector chariots.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
They aren't bad here, occasionally you will get a cluster of idiots who attempt to run you off the road. We have the same problem as UTA too, people accelerate to about 50mph on the sliproad and then stay there, extremely frustrating when you have to stay behind an articulated lorry for 5 mins before you can accelerate to normal motorway speeds in the middle lane.
In town we have the 'soccer moms' in their 'SUV's', I already hate them, they are so fucking pointless and i've already been hit in a car park by one. Some dumb mom reversing out of a parking space and running into the back of me.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7874 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
Upstate NY drivers in general are pretty decent. But what I hate more than anything else is driving on the Thruway. The posted limit is 65mph, which is all fine and good. Traffic in the right lane moves at 65, but then you get idiots sitting in the left lane floating around 70. For a guy who normally does 75-80 in a 65 zone this is frustrating as hell. Come to think of it I'll be on the Thruway this afternoon on my way to YYZ... should be tons of fun.
The other thing that I have noticed is that drivers up here are a bit more timid or not in a hurry. Which is a problem b/c I am much more assertive and defensive than most other folks on the road.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2244 times:
Iakobos - I think this part of France has had more external cultural influences than most, all of whom were/are diabolical drivers ! Greeks, Romans, Moors, Goths, Burgundians, Catalans, Genovese, Corsican, French - you couldn't find a worse road-manners mixture, unless Nice had been invaded by Hong Kong Chinese.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7605 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
I live in Boston....got a new car 5 years ago....still not a scratch on it.....
Booted vehicles don't count... just kidding.
As an ex-Bay Stater, I can get away with saying that.
There was a book out back in the '70s and '80s called, Wild In the Streets, a complete guide to driving around the Boston area. The book's a hoot.
In the book, the recommended car for Boston driving is:
a 1960 Ford Falcon sedan with some rust, dents & dings plus a loud exhaust. No one will come near you.
Worse car for Boston driving: 1978 Corvette (I just gave you a hint as to when this book came out).
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2202 times:
Detroit drivers are famous for how bad they are. Anybody who lives here/lived here will know what Im talking about.
Reuther, Jeffries, Ford, Chrysler... etc.. all can be considered racetracks. 90mph is pretty common on these freeways (and others). All except I275 from Five Mile to the Oakland County line, because of the damn Livonia Police.. I like to call this stretch of freeway "The valley of death" because of the amount of police that patrol it.
Alot of people here "jackrabbit" from lights, which cause accidents because alot of people also like to run "old yellows" and reds. If your ass isnt on the gas pedal .03 milliseconds after a light turns green, expect a horn.
Detroiters also have this habit of switching lanes really fast and cutting across multiple lanes.
Turn signal usage is low, as well.
If you leave even a car-length in between you and the car in front of you, someone will attempt to squeeze in there.
Learpilot From United States of America, joined May 2001, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2164 times:
Birmingham, Alabama. Absolutely, positively the biggest idiots in the country. And then they try to drive! The roads around here are a little hilly, but not too bad. For some reason, the tractor trailers think they need to line up three or four abreast while climbing the hills. Also, in the areas where there is a curve in the highway, apparantly it's a state law that you have to slam on your brakes halfway through the curve; just enough to have to slow down from 70+ to 35 within seconds, only to round the corner to see.....you guessed it, absolutely nothing and accelerate right back up to 70+. And don't get me started on merging. They think it's brain surgery.
...If your ass isnt on the gas pedal .03 milliseconds after a light turns green, expect a horn.
That drives me absolutely insane, too.
Heed our warnings or your future will be underpant free!
Iflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2161 times:
"Boston's infamous aggressive driving was around long before the Big Dig." I was just joking there. Actually, I lived there before the dig, so I know. But, now it doesn't seem as bad as it used to be. At least the last three or four times I've been there- as recent as two weeks ago. Boston's aggressive drivers have pretty much relocated to ATL.
Ah, Summer, Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox and Beer.....
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2145 times:
Yes, Atlanta drivers are horrible. I see this first hand while driving around town on my route two days a week. Today for example, I saw this woman almost get into two wrecks in less than 45 seconds. I was loading some totes into the van when this woman was wanting to make a left turn and when she started to make the turn, she ignored the fact that there was a driver coming down the street. That driver had to slam on brakes and hit the horn. This same woman pulled into the parking lot of the hotel I had made a delivery at, made a U-turn and got into the wrong lane. The street (Ravinia Pkwy) is a four lane with a median dividing the lane, she started driving the wrong way and nearly hit me. We got drivers doing 40 mph in the middle lanes. The average speed on Atlanta's interstates is 75 miles an hour. Speeding is so bad on our roads that the 10 mph cushion is now around 20 mph. A few months back, one of the TV stations had one of their news crews spend time with a local cops going after speeders. One of the cops basically said that "If we went after everybody doing 70 mph, we'd had a traffic jam on the side of the road". We got people who tailgate and when they pass you, they give you a dirty look like it's your fault the lane is slower than the others (Not my fault, as I'm the one stuck behind the dumbass doing 10 miles under the speed limit.). The use of turn signals is almost a lost art in Atlanta, I think I'm one of about 7 that still use them.
If you think the drivers in Atlanta are bad, the pedestrians are just as bad. The crossing signal is red and these folks still cross the street. Many of them are too lazy to walk 25-50 feet to the nearest crosswalks. One of these days, I'm going to end up hitting one of them downtown because they are paying attention. There's a group in Atlanta trying to educate drivers about pedestrian safety; they need to educate the pedestrians first.
Fritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
In Vienna they werent bad, they were just insane. You get used to cutting off/being cut off with just cm between your car and the other idiotst car after a while.
In Sweden I think most drivers suck. If you come in the overtaking lane at 140 kph, dont be surprised if a car with a mobile home behind it will pull into your lane doing 90 kph when you are 50 meters beind them.
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