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View Poll Results: Why do drivers in the south generally and Atlanta specifically fail to use turn signals while drivin
Ignorance (Don't know what to do) 2 12.50%
Laziness (Know what to do but choose not to do it) 14 87.50%
Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-30-2017, 09:49 AM
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We were in New England over Memorial Day, and it's the same up there. Driving in Boston is less stressful than here though due to less lanes on the freeways, less semis and very few wild & crazy reckless drivers. The odd thing that we found amusing were the many people that tap their horns when they want to change lanes, lol. This was only in and around Boston, though. We didn't see it up north in Maine or New Hampshire.

But hardly anyone used their turn signals anywhere.
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Old 07-30-2017, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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We were in New England over Memorial Day, and it's the same up there. Driving in Boston is less stressful than here though due to less lanes on the freeways, less semis and very few wild & crazy reckless drivers. The odd thing that we found amusing were the many people that tap their horns when they want to change lanes, lol. This was only in and around Boston, though. We didn't see it up north in Maine or New Hampshire.

But hardly anyone used their turn signals anywhere.
Driving in Boston is an entirely different matter. They have no concept of the painted live, much less the turn signal. I've never been so terrified in my life.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:03 AM
 
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Atlanta is the worst city I've ever lived in when it comes to driving. People will cut you off, change lanes with out signals, run stop signs, go through red lights, more than anywhere I've ever lived or visited. One of the most dangerous, and which actually caused me to be in a small accident a few months ago, is when people turn "right on red" in front of you as your speeding down the road at 50 mph.

I don't blame it on Atlanta drivers though. I think a big part is all the transplants from different areas with different driving styles all mixing, combined with many people from rural GA and AL who move to Atlanta as their first "real" city and aren't used to driving in urban areas.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:04 AM
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Driving in Boston is an entirely different matter. They have no concept of the painted live, much less the turn signal. I've never been so terrified in my life.
Very true in and around Downtown, Cambridge, etc! We didn't go in any closer than East Boston this trip.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Atlanta is the worst city I've ever lived in when it comes to driving. People will cut you off, change lanes with out signals, run stop signs, go through red lights, more than anywhere I've ever lived or visited. One of the most dangerous, and which actually caused me to be in a small accident a few months ago, is when people turn "right on red" in front of you as your speeding down the road at 50 mph.

I don't blame it on Atlanta drivers though. I think a big part is all the transplants from different areas with different driving styles all mixing, combined with many people from rural GA and AL who move to Atlanta as their first "real" city and aren't used to driving in urban areas.
You had me until then.
And you heard it here first, folks. Atlanta is the only city in the country that counts formerly rural residents as its own, and only rural residents of GA and AL have inferior driving skills, not rural dwellers from any other parts of the United States.
The contempt shown for rural Southerners around here never ceases to amaze me.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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You had me until then.
And you heard it here first, folks. Atlanta is the only city in the country that counts formerly rural residents as its own, and only rural residents of GA and AL have inferior driving skills, not rural dwellers from any other parts of the United States.
The contempt shown for rural Southerners around here never ceases to amaze me.
You're too defensive. There is no contempt there, and it's more a testament of Atlanta being the main large urban area for this part of the country more than anything else. The northeastern cities are close together and the whole area is more urban than rural. In this part of the country, Atlanta is the main city that draws from a large rural surrounding area.

That's neither disparaging or inaccurate.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:35 AM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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You're too defensive. There is no contempt there, and it's more a testament of Atlanta being the main large urban area for this part of the country more than anything else. The northeastern cities are close together and the whole area is more urban than rural. In this part of the country, Atlanta is the main city that draws from a large rural surrounding area.

That's neither disparaging or inaccurate.
I understand your point. Even rural counties like Lancaster Co PA has dense, more urban environments scattered about. Small towns are actually dense with several thousand residents in a tight spot. And the nature of stores and everything requires people to drive in these small but dense towns that often have no turn lanes at all.


Anyway, my dad told me about someone from Michigan that came down and commented "are turn signals not required here?" so maybe it is worse here than Michigan at least.
Though Houston is bad about turn signals too.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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I understand your point. Even rural counties like Lancaster Co PA has dense, more urban environments scattered about. Small towns are actually dense with several thousand residents in a tight spot. And the nature of stores and everything requires people to drive in these small but dense towns that often have no turn lanes at all.
Georgia is a lot more than just Atlanta and Uncle Bud's farm.

Savannah, Columbus, Macon, Gainesville, Albany, Rome, Valdosta, Augusta and Athens are bustling, sizable cities. Even a lot of smaller towns are pretty urban.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Historic West End
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Its everywhere and not just Atlanta.
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Old 07-30-2017, 11:22 AM
 
Location: East Cobb, GA
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Do they require drivers ed in Georgia? They haven't in Missouri for years, so kids are learning bad habits from their parents. I know some people don't like it because they think it's an easy way to collect a pension from the district. Also this would NEVER happen in America, but I think people (as in 15 or 16) should learn how to drive on manual transmissions. It would slow down the learning process and make people think when they drive instead of just "you press that pedal to go and that one to stop". I couldn't imagine learning how to with all of the hills here.
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