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Old 11-17-2007, 02:53 AM
 
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I cannot count the number of times when I was nearly run over by rude and inconsiderate drivers in Orange County. For you So Cal drivers (foreigners especially) out there who know very little about being considerate, here are two rules to save you from killing someone:

(1) TRAFFIC YIELDS PEDESTRIANS IN PARKING AREAS, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

(2) WHEN APPROACHING A BACKING CAR, STOP AND WAIT FOR THE OTHER CAR TO FINISH BACKING UP. YOU'LL GET TO WHERE YOU NEED TO GET TO IN YOUR PRETTY LITTLE BMW/MERCEDES JUST FINE.

Oh and by the way, when someone holds the door for you, say thank you.

Can't wait to get the $$#&@ out of this **** hole.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:03 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Unfortunately, bad behavior isn't limited to California.
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Old 11-17-2007, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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There very well may be rude and inconsiderate drivers, but that's not all Southern California people.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:32 AM
 
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Default Don't feel bad, here too

I thought the same thing about GA when we moved from "polite" S.CA years ago. I routinely get run over trying to back up in parking lots out here. And men will walk through the door a woman is holding 5 at a time before they'll actually stop to hold it for themselves. Can you say "learning to let go"?

Here's one I'm sure you don't have: People in GA stop in the middle of the road to allow someone - who doesn't have the right of way - to come out of a driveway, just to be nice, while you're missing your green light. Isnt' that special??? Oh yeah, and they cross over from right to left and vice versa, at the red light, to go in the direction they meant to go, but didn't. And if they're not in the right lane to get where they're going, why it's perfectly natural to just stop dead in your tracks and wait til the traffic lets you in. Why waste your time moving out of the way or turning around when everyone's being so nice to you, lol?
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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So you judge how nice people are just off how they drive a car???
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:31 AM
 
Location: CA
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Originally Posted by Vagab0nd View Post
I cannot count the number of times when I was nearly run over by rude and inconsiderate drivers in Orange County. For you So Cal drivers (foreigners especially) out there who know very little about being considerate, here are two rules to save you from killing someone:

(1) TRAFFIC YIELDS PEDESTRIANS IN PARKING AREAS, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

(2) WHEN APPROACHING A BACKING CAR, STOP AND WAIT FOR THE OTHER CAR TO FINISH BACKING UP. YOU'LL GET TO WHERE YOU NEED TO GET TO IN YOUR PRETTY LITTLE BMW/MERCEDES JUST FINE.

Oh and by the way, when someone holds the door for you, say thank you.

Can't wait to get the $$#&@ out of this **** hole.
My personal favorite is when it's raining outside... and the person driving makes the pedestrian wait in the rain while they drive by in their nice dry car... wtf? I don't know if that's stupidity or rudeness...
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: southern california
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california needs the south.
we mistake hawaiin shirts and smiling
for manners.
in mississippi the people are real real nice
and the weather is lousy
in california its exactly the opposite
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Vagab0nd,

Have you ever been to New York? Florida? New Jersey? Connecticut?

I don't know where you are from, but Cali drivers are intellectually polite after driving in those states for years.
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Working on relocating
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I live in Detroit--need I say more?

I enjoy driving from the OC airport to Laguna Beach...nice views and polite drivers...

Heck, it's all relative as far as politeness goes! I just don't like to stereotype myself or make sweeping generalizations about areas. Even in Detroit, we have polite drivers...I'm one of them
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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Just because somewhere else is worse, doesn't mean SoCal drivers are nice and follow the rules. Millions here has the attitude that they're the most important person in the world and the rules don't apply to them. Having some a**hole in a BMW pass traffic on the freeway shoulder, getting tailgated, cut off, nearly being killed by a**holes doing 40 in a parking lot, etc is a daily occurance here. I drove all over Denver for a week last summer and saw as much rude behavior on the 6 miles drive from John Wayne airport back to my house as I had the previous week in Denver.
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