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Old 12-23-2006, 06:26 PM   #1
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Where are the worst drivers in the US?

This has had to have been discussed somewhere.... With all the miles that the forum participants have traveled in the US where are the areas to avoid?

This summer, my first experience towing my Sovereign, I thought the worst drivers were in Tampa. Between the senior citizens - (couldn't tell if there was a driver behind the wheel or if someone had just kicked the vehicle into gear and let it go on idle) and the youngsters darting in and out of traffic talking on their cell phones as if they were the only ones on the road and you could stop on a dime to accomodate them.

Massachusetts to Maine was a close second and I won't go on I-95 unless it is absolutely necessary, I call it the gauntlett. A couple of years ago Buckeye and I were lucky to surivve being rear-ended in a 10 car pile up as we were about 80 mile from reaching home (both of us had multiple scratches and cuts from shattered glass).

What are the worst areas you have encountered and you would avoid if at all possible?


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Old 12-23-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:31 PM   #3
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:34 PM   #4
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:37 PM   #5
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Old 12-23-2006, 07:31 PM   #6
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MS State Hwy 43 - between Kiln and Picayune MS. LOTS AND LOTS of out of state folks living here while they rebuild New Orleans and they drive FAST. Been 7 killed in the last 6 months alone - it makes the morning commute seem like a real NASCAR race, except with the addition of logging trucks and dirt haulers to make it more interesting.
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Old 12-23-2006, 07:32 PM   #7
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Is It ME?

Seems the worst drivers are always right around me.

Coming home with the Bambi today had some idiot pass me on the right (I had pulled into the special passing lane for slow vehicles) because the person in the high speed lane wasn't going fast enough for him. Yes, he DID pass using the shoulder.

Other than that, I would say the worst drivers I ever experienced were in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Old 12-23-2006, 07:35 PM   #8
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I live in Miami and I have traveled quite a bit. It is always an eye opener to get back to Miami. It has got to be right up there!
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:16 PM   #9
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:23 PM   #10
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:30 PM   #11
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I've got to agree with Miami. It's one thing I don't miss about South Florida, the I-95 corridor between West Palm and Miami.
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:36 PM   #12
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I've lived my whole life in Los Angeles, so I'm used to FAST. I like FAST. Most folks here won't use their turn signal when lane changing because that's giving an unfair advantage to the competition. I can live with that. What I can't stand is SLOW. And let me tell you, Colorado is SLOOOOW. 35 on the highway? Give me a break. Pass that guy only to find out that the car 500 yards ahead of him is going...........35. Longest day of my life. But beautiful!
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:44 PM   #13
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Where are the worst drivers in the US?

Really, anywhere that people are not used to the local 'rules of the road'.

New York drivers are horrible on the New Jersey 'freeways'. But on the streets of Manhattan there is no one more dangerous than a New Jersey driver - they seem to wander aimlesslessly until they find an 'open spot' (ie one with a pedestrian in it).

Boston is very stressful - until you realize that the the Mass rule is 'you are only responsible for what you can see without mirrors' (ie anticipate that people will cut you off...but also feel free to cut off other people because it is the only way you can make your way through traffic).

Pittsburgh also has it's own unique 'rule of the road' - when a traffic light turns green, one car gets to make a left turn before approaching traffic clogs up the lanes. There isn't an arrow or delayed green or anything, one car just makes the left turn in front of traffic and everyone is supposed to know they shouldn't hit it.

Philadelphia has a wonderful thing called the Schuylkill Expressway - an elevated highway through the city with very steep entrance ramps and no merge lanes. So the 'rule of the road' is floor it at the bottom of the ramp and assume a space will become available at the top. Woe to the driver who actually stops at the top - they won't merge until after the evening rush.

Hawaii on the other hand has the opposite problem - expressway drivers who are excessively polite. It sounds impossible until (and I kid you not) the third time in a day you are motoring down the H-1 and the person ahead of you hits the brakes to slow down to 40 MPH...because someone is coming up the entrance ramp.

All that said...the worst place in the US to drive is LA. More specifically, the I-10. Most specifically, where the I-10 hits the 405. On an otherwise inconsequential weekday night at 3:00 in the morning I have been stuck in miles long traffic jams. And this is considered 'normal' to those who live there.
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Old 12-23-2006, 09:21 PM   #14
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Northern Virginia and the DC beltway gets my vote.
1. Rush hour can be any time of the day.
2. Red traffic signals are interpreted as allowing just one more car through after it turns.
3. Most left hand turns are made from the right hand lane across traffic.

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