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Old 12-23-2017, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Davidson, NC
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I think its "the bigger the SUV, the more right of way you have".
It also depends on the make of the vehicle. For example, a Caddy has the right of way over a Chevy, and the Caddy obviously has to yield to a BMW. It's really a question of who is more important.
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Old 12-23-2017, 09:58 AM
 
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It also depends on the make of the vehicle. For example, a Caddy has the right of way over a Chevy, and the Caddy obviously has to yield to a BMW. It's really a question of who is more important.
Or, an issue of who inexplicably thinks they are more important. As for Charlotte's relatively poor driving, IMHO it's down to a not so great stew with ingredients absolutely from native locals, both the Carolinas, and emigres from the midwest, northeast & beyond. The former two id'd by their NC-shaped "native" & Palmetto state decals, UNC, NCSU, USC, Clemson & other NC & SC university decals, etc. and the latter by their unchanged out-of-state license plates, college & pro sports team decals, etc. If only the not so great Charlotte driving could be solely blamed on bad out-of-state drivers, and not on local wannabe NASCAR drivers, airheaded keeping up with the purported Jones' local mobile phone yappers, etc. The mixture of driving patterns, expectations, norms, etc. creates a bad driving stew.
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Old 12-24-2017, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Yes... and it may be the whole state that’s guilty. Small sample size but driving out of state yesterday I witnessed a good 3 to 5 incidents that almost caused accidents in other states and every one of them had NC plates.

Maybe it’s NASCAR but for some reason these drivers cut across 3 lanes and cut off me and other drivers at high speeds when it wasn’t necessary.

Also saw a car flipped in its side. Hope everyone has a safe trip this holiday but it’s craxy how aggressive some folks are for no reason at all.
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Old 12-26-2017, 11:34 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It also depends on the make of the vehicle. For example, a Caddy has the right of way over a Chevy, and the Caddy obviously has to yield to a BMW. It's really a question of who is more important.
Unless the Chevy is an Impala (or '90s Caprice). I have had more incidents (and accidents) with Impala drivers in Charlotte than any other model anywhere. It almost seems like most Impala drivers think they own the roads here.
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC
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I've lived in Asheville, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Fort Worth, Orlando, Seattle, and the Charlotte area. They are all bad. It's not the area. People are distracted with updating their status on Facebook and texting friends. Too busy to use a blinker and practice common courtesy. I sat at a light for 2 cycles the other day because the driver in front of me was glued to his phone instead of paying attention to what was going on.
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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The problem with the Charlotte area is people don't know how to merge onto highways. They slow up as cars are merging on and they aren't supposed to do that. You're supposed to maintain your speed and the car should merge on behind you.

Also, it's the worst getting on 277 in the morning from I77 south. People are forever cutting in the lane and causing accidents. If they didn't do that, perhaps it would be a little easier. I now avoid going 277 because of that.
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Old 12-29-2017, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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The South was a very welcome change for us when we left NJ in 1990. The roads up there had become out of control with wild driving habits.

Over the past few years, I've noticed a general decline in driving conditions around this area. Between the arrogance and the ignorance of many people behind the wheel, the roads here have become miserable to drive.

I would think if it's "this bad" here, what must the roads in NJ be like now? I envisioned Mad Max and such!

Well, I went back to NJ for a visit back in September and I was pleasantly surprised. Aside from the traffic volume (which is expected over the years), the drivers did a great job! I couldn't believe people were following the rules of the road, not blocking intersections, nor running red lights, etc.). Way to go NJ!
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:49 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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The South was a very welcome change for us when we left NJ in 1990. The roads up there had become out of control with wild driving habits.

Over the past few years, I've noticed a general decline in driving conditions around this area. Between the arrogance and the ignorance of many people behind the wheel, the roads here have become miserable to drive.

I would think if it's "this bad" here, what must the roads in NJ be like now? I envisioned Mad Max and such!

Well, I went back to NJ for a visit back in September and I was pleasantly surprised. Aside from the traffic volume (which is expected over the years), the drivers did a great job! I couldn't believe people were following the rules of the road, not blocking intersections, nor running red lights, etc.). Way to go NJ!
They've all moved down here.
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