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Old 04-21-2017, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Greetings! My wife and I are moving to Boston in September, and we can't wait. The hippies in Seattle have turned my driving skills to a slow-crawling snail. I've heard that Boston drivers are pretty aggressive. Should I get more with the driving program in Boston, or just stick to the bus? I'm allergic to bullets.
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:48 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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You'll be fine. Just get ready to see things you haven't seen before.

The upside is that most drivers are pretty good defensively, too.
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Old 04-22-2017, 04:22 AM
 
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I have been here for well over a decade and I have not ever had a problem. Over time I picked up the mentality, "if U cant beat 'em, join 'em." I don't think Boston drivers are rude but they are pushy. Learn to drive pushy and stay with the traffic flow and you will not have problems...its really that simple. If you chose the latter, stay out of the way in the slow lane.
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Old 04-22-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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You'll be fine. If you are a slow driver, move over to the right lane. That's key, but otherwise, you're just going with the flow of traffic.

IHMO, Massachusetts drivers are decent, say compared to driving in New York. I still remembered driving in New York once and the second the light turned, the car behind me honked. I'm thinking, "hey, I can't move until the car in front of me moves, give it just one more SECOND, will ya?"
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Old 04-22-2017, 06:48 AM
 
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I hate aggressive drivers and have never had a problem in Boston. New York is way worse.

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I still remembered driving in New York once and the second the light turned, the car behind me honked. I'm thinking, "hey, I can't move until the car in front of me moves, give it just one more SECOND, will ya?"
I have been aggressively honked at in New York on multiple occasions for the crime of refusing to kill pedestrians in a crosswalk.
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Old 04-22-2017, 07:45 AM
 
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Tire irons and baseball bats might not hurt your feelings, but they will definitely hurt everything else and for sure make you cry.
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Old 04-22-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Yes
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Old 04-22-2017, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Thanks for the light-hearted advice everyone! The ultimate goal would be to take a train everywhere, but I don't even know where I'll be living. Those will be for another posting...
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Old 04-22-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Will you be bringing your car with you from Seattle?
If so you can break off the indicator/ directional or as the Bostonians call it "Blinka" because they do not use them.
It drives me crazy when someone doesn't use their directional but it is understandable since most drivers are balancing their texting in one hand with their large Dunkin coffee in the other and they are always in a rush to get to "the Packy" before the game starts at "the gahden".


It will take some adjusting but with some practice you will be driving like the rest of the M*******s...
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Old 04-22-2017, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Haha...I can't wait for those unique accents as well!
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