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May 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm #789689May 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm #789690
JKB, are you sure that the comments from KJB weren’t you having a dyslexic moment? ;-)
MikeMay 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm #789691
guess I will be done with this thread. KJB is not JKB and I don’t do anything while I drive but drive.
Have a safe weekend everyone!May 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm #789692May 25, 2013 at 4:34 am #789693
@amalia,’Seattle drivers suck. Colosally.’ I love it! I’ve been saying this for years. There’s something about Seattle that breeds idiot drivers. I always hear that Seattle is one of, if not the most, intelligent cities in the country. If true, I think this confirms the cliche that brainiacs have no motor (ha!) skills. Stop freaking daydreaming about taking your dog to the bar, turn off NPR, hang up your phone, and drive your freakin car!May 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm #789694May 31, 2013 at 9:24 pm #789695
As long as we are stereotyping or grossly generalizing drivers… having lived in Texas for a good many years, my observations regarding Seattle drivers is that they are highly passive aggressive — where as in Texas folks are just plain old aggressive. Here, people pretend they don’t see your blinker and just don’t let you merge. Here, people ignore you in general and seem to think they are the only person on the road. People drive pretty slow here as well — unless they are on the 35 mph part of the WS bridge, or unless they are on 35th Ave… then they drive like bats out of hell. Vashon drivers do not have the corner on @$$ hole driving. That would probably belong to those soccer moms with their big @$$ SUVs, especially those with kids at Holy Rosary (I am kidding!!!).May 31, 2013 at 9:59 pm #789696
We’re passive aggressive about everything else, why not driving?? ;-)May 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm #789697
I call them Vash-holes, but they aren’t any worse than anyone else in similar situations.June 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm #789698
Let’s see, “born in raised in Seattle” and being prior military. I have lived in Las Vegas and D.C. I have traveled extensively on the east coast and in California. Seattle drivers are not much different than New Yorkers or Californians. So I’d be careful labeling Seattle drivers as being horrible. D.C hands down is the worst area I have ever driven in. No one uses a turn signal in Maryland. In Oakland, California, I watched several people change six lanes at a time. In Vegas, everyone is drunk and using their cell phone while driving. In Philly and New York, they honk just to hear themselves honk. At least that is the way it seems to me. In Virginia, holy cow, you think Washington is bad for left lane slow-pokes? Try Viginia where you routinely find someone driving 10 miles below the speed limit in the far left lane. Yes, people in Seattle are horrible at merging. Timid, I don’t know. As for rude drivers, yeah, that is everywhere, not just Seattle. But unless you have the drivers birth certificate, lets keep it real, America has bad drivers and we’re all a little rude.June 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm #789699
F16CrewChief, I’m from DC, and it’s all true. ;) Always takes me a few miles to recalibrate my driving aggro when I go back to visit—if I drove there the way I drive here I’d wind up on the side of the Beltway with at least one dented fender to explain to the car rental agency.
Of course we don’t use turn signals, we need that hand for the horn!June 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm #789700
datamuse – I attribute much of the D.C. traffic issues on the large international community that travels to our capital. Not saying they are bad drivers, just a lot of people driving in a foreign country. D.C. is a busy place with lots of construction in the area. Especially Alexandria. However, being my family is from La Plata, MD and Philly (My nephews, my kids and me are the only Seattle natives), I have witnessed the no turn signal and those weird highway turn sections or whatever they are? Those turning sections where you kinda just park in the middle of the highway waiting for oncoming traffic to clear, except you got an oncoming car wanting to turn against you. So now you’re in this awkward position, unless you are sitting far enough over, they can squeeze into the middle of the highway with you. All the while you honk your horn at each other. Absolutely love it…LOL.June 11, 2013 at 3:37 am #789701
Every other country I’ve been to has made DC drivers look sane and sedate. So the large international community might have something to do with it! (Though locals doubtless said the same thing about me in Ireland…driving on the left takes some getting used to. My husband says it’s why he’s now bald. Ha ha.)
When I was growing up we used to joke that you knew you were from DC if “I got stuck behind a motorcade” was a valid reason for being late for work. My mother worked two blocks from the Capitol and just took Metro most of the time. Around here, a motorcade’s news…back east, it was Tuesday. ;)June 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm #789702
Yeah, motorcades here in Seattle are front page news as half this cities infrastructure shuts down. But I assume the reason we shut half the city down here is because the WSP knows what a pain in the butt it is to have to merge with regular local traffic. Best just get folks off the road…LOL.
I love D.C. honestly. I love it back east. Not enough to leave Seattle, but I do like it back there. There are nutso drivers everywhere. Las Vegas is bizarre and scary. Like I said, drunk driving is a norm there. The deadliest time to drive in Vegas is between 4-8 am. As the sun comes up, all the late night partiers start heading home. Of course, everyone is heading to work too at that time. I once witnessed a drunk driver in front of me heading east on Flamingo Blvd swerve two lanes left and get rear ended so hard that it spun the drunk driver into the west bound lanes. The man was so drunk, he continued driving west without even hesitating. The guy that rear ended him seemed drunk too as he was speeding. But he was pissed the guy he rear ended didn’t stop, he himself busts a U-turn to catch the drunk driver he just rear ended. Worse part was, this guy didn’t check the oncoming traffic before he made his u-turn and he gets t-boned. My wife screamed, “Get me the F*%k outta here!” Vegas is a trip for sure.June 12, 2013 at 5:58 pm #789703
That story is a crackup, F16. Literally.
I’ve driven in most of the big cities in this country and there’s some doozies to be sure.
My first experience in Miami moves them up the list a bit. Was driving my rental car out of the airport lot and merging immediately onto a freeway onramp. Guy flies up on THE SHOULDER to my right at speed and starts jockeying by turning INTO me. I have no idea what’s happening as I turn to look over at him and he’s holding a shiny, nickel plated .45 in his fist and waving it at me out the open window. Which I took to mean, I’d like you to let me by. Which I did. He stepped on the gas and flung gravel and road debris into me as he dove in front and merged THROUGH two cars at the top of the ramp.
Bienvenidos a Miami!
Gotta’ hand it to him. His communication was unequivocal…and effective.
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