I have avoided this thread for a while now, but after the events of last weekend, I can't do it anymore
First: People in CA
will happily cruise at 75-80+ on a freeway (which is fast compared to other states, and really fun), until it rains, then everyone goes 20 and decides that skidding out is the best way to handle your car
. Or, they suddenly become irrational, angry, or simply dumb, and go slow EXCEPT FOR
WHEN THEY TRY TO
CORNER. WHAT KIND OF
THAT? (I only just started driving on my own 2 months ago, and this has happened a lot)
Second: I drive two cars, A 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4, and a 2015 Mazda 3 Hatchback. (I am not allowed to drive the family BMW.. for... reasons...) I was driving the jeep, and went around a 270º while it was raining. That thing is a roll risk, and while I usually drive nice and fast around the corners, I couldn't, because I didn't feel like dying (I was doing 30, recommended speed was 25). Some B**** in a Passat comes up behind me, probably 3 feet from my bumper, and starts beeping up a storm. So what did I do? Slowed down. She passed me super fast when she could, but I felt proud of myself for wasting a few seconds of her time.
Third: The world in general now (at least the US), is quite unfriendly to Manual Transmissions. My Mazda has some form of anti-roll, but will still roll back a foot or so on a steep hill (theres quite a few near SAN
and out east). People LOVE, at a light or stopsign, to stop right up your *ss, creating a terrible situation if you do roll. Also, if you stall, they will beep yell and cuss like nothing else. (I've only been driving a stick 1 1/2 months, but i've only stalled on normal roads 2 times). I find it funny. When my car starts rolling back, or turns itself off (its smart like that) your common sense should kick in. It's not like I stall at a light to be funny. Stupid Americans and their Automatic cars...