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Old 11-12-2018, 11:23 PM
 
Location: South Austin, 78745
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I don't understand why so many people think that Austin has such horrible drivers because that's never been my experience. I find the drivers in Austin to be extremely courteous, especially when you're trying to change lanes or pull out onto a busy street, most motorists will patiently let you change lanes or pull out.

I think the worst drivers in Austin are people who don't live in the Austin Metro area. It's the people who aren't use to Austin or know their way around and are unsure of exactly where they are suppose to be going. Austin can be an intimidating city to drive in for a person who is not familiar with Austin or familiar with driving in big city, fast-moving traffic, can make a driver pretty nervous, and when a person is nervous driving in heavy traffic, that's when they make dumb mistakes and cause other drivers to become annoyed with them.

For example, Friday afternoon on Southbound Mopac at the light at Wm Cannon. I was on the inside lane of a double left turn behind a nice looking late model F-150 truck with a Seguin Matador sticker in the back window when after the light turned green, the driver started to go straight instead of turning left onto Wm Cannon, and he nearly hit a Toyota Camry that was on the outside lane of the double left turning left. If the driver of the Toyota Camry hadn't laid on his horn, that truck would have hit it. I assumed the driver was from Seguin - (due to the Seguin Matador sticker in the back window) - wasn't use to Austin traffic and might not have even heard of a double left turn. Double left turns aren't near as common in small towns like they are in Austin and Houston and other big cities.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:47 AM
 
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The drivers in Austin are a bunch of incompetent, dangerous fools. I thought people in miami drove bad until I moved here. Its horrible.

The worst thing that pisses me off are the people that will turn in front of you when your going 65 mph , causing you to slam on your brakes.
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I moved here from Atlanta a month ago and I'm so happy with the drivers here. I can actually relax while driving now!
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Austin
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^ itís hot just an interstate thing. The drivers are incredibly inconsiderate and ignorant throughout be metro. Iíve treuly never seen anything like it. If you thought the southern charm was something that austin was apart of well my god are you wrong. It doesnít need to be a big city for a rat race. More road rage then anywhere.
Spend a day in Houston if you want to see actual inconsiderate and ignorant drivers
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I have worked all over the country.

Everyone thinks they have the worst drivers, more or less (or think they have the absolute best). Doesn't seem to be any difference, really - many areas have quirks that require a bit of a learning curve, but drivers are not across the board better or worse anywhere that I have worked/lived.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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I have worked all over the country.

Everyone thinks they have the worst drivers, more or less (or think they have the absolute best). Doesn't seem to be any difference, really - many areas have quirks that require a bit of a learning curve, but drivers are not across the board better or worse anywhere that I have worked/lived.
This is so exactly right. All of these melting pot cities have the same issue. Adjust to how folks drive locally.
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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New York is the worst lol...one of the drivers decided to merge suddenly, cars be damned, and caused my mom to go onto the shoulder.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:28 PM
 
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I don’t know about the skill of the drivers, but traffic in LA, Atlanta, HOUSTON, and DC are all significantly worse than Austin. Austin is bad (in certain spots at certain times especially), but it has nothing on some of the other major metros around.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:56 PM
 
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I don't understand why so many people think that Austin has such horrible drivers because that's never been my experience. I find the drivers in Austin to be extremely courteous, especially when you're trying to change lanes or pull out onto a busy street, most motorists will patiently let you change lanes or pull out.

I think the worst drivers in Austin are people who don't live in the Austin Metro area. It's the people who aren't use to Austin or know their way around and are unsure of exactly where they are suppose to be going. Austin can be an intimidating city to drive in for a person who is not familiar with Austin or familiar with driving in big city, fast-moving traffic, can make a driver pretty nervous, and when a person is nervous driving in heavy traffic, that's when they make dumb mistakes and cause other drivers to become annoyed with them.

For example, Friday afternoon on Southbound Mopac at the light at Wm Cannon. I was on the inside lane of a double left turn behind a nice looking late model F-150 truck with a Seguin Matador sticker in the back window when after the light turned green, the driver started to go straight instead of turning left onto Wm Cannon, and he nearly hit a Toyota Camry that was on the outside lane of the double left turning left. If the driver of the Toyota Camry hadn't laid on his horn, that truck would have hit it. I assumed the driver was from Seguin - (due to the Seguin Matador sticker in the back window) - wasn't use to Austin traffic and might not have even heard of a double left turn. Double left turns aren't near as common in small towns like they are in Austin and Houston and other big cities.

There may be some outsiders like the truck you mentioned above but my opinion is that most of the "bad" drivers are actually the original Austinites. The people you call courteous are really the problem because when Austin changed from a small town to a relatively large city, they did not adopt. There are more cars that are trying to go to a place and if you let someone change lane from a left only lane to a straight lane, you are slowing everyone down. I see it on 360 crossing over 183 every day. If it were in Dallas, the person who went into left only lane would be forced to turn left, no cutting allowed. After one incident, the person would learn either to not trick others or to know his road. Here people tolerate lane cutting, red light running, and all kind of bad behavior. Sorry, that's not courtesy, it IS the problem.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:52 PM
 
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I still think that the worst drivers are in Houston
Fair point...
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