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Old 05-02-2009, 11:26 AM
Location: SW MO
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That's not as trite a question as it seems. If I didn't know better I would swear that cars sold or brought into California don't have turn indicators. I must have gotten one that slipped through unnoticed because mine does. I actually use them.

I think California drivers are just generally bad and inconsiderate and they don't know how to drive in anything but fair weather. But the lack of signalling drives me up the wall. I also happen to live in a city known for red light runners and had a car totaled because of it.

Given some narrow roads, farm implements on them during certain seasons and some fairly diverse weather conditions, to include ice and snow, anyone care to comment overall on how people in MO drive? We'll be there for several weeks early next month looking for a house so it would be nice to know in advance if there's anything in particular we should keep on the look-out for.

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Old 05-02-2009, 11:37 AM
Location: The City of St. Louis
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In rural Missouri, people generally drive quite slow, and usually on the courteous side. Probably the most frustrating part of driving in rural Missouri is sometimes getting stuck behind a cattle trailer or other slow-moving vehicle for a few miles, and having to drive 15 mph under the speed limit.

In the urban areas you'll find aggressive drivers for sure, but even in St. Louis the drivers generally seem much more courteous than they do here in Austin. Last time I was driving in St. Louis, I was passed by a huge SUV going maybe 65 in a lane that was at least half smooth ice , but other than that most people seemed to drive fine in the crappy weather (around 18 degrees, snowing, with a coat of ice over most of the roads)

The bottom line is you'll find idiot drivers everywhere, and Missouri is no exception. However, I think in general the drivers aren't that aggressive, and usually know how to handle ice/snow, because the entire state gets at least a little bit of it every year. The transportation system is also pretty well developed, compared to many areas, which makes the traffic lighter and reduces aggressive driving tendencies.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:08 PM
Location: NW. MO.
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Oh I could complain a LOT about the drivers here in CA!

As far as Missouri, the only thing I noticed in my fairly rural neck of the woods was people crossing the center lines on the two way roads.

We did have amish with horse drawn wagons and tractors on the rural roads to look out for and people to me drive FAST on the highway but it wasn't bad.
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Old 05-02-2009, 06:53 PM
Location: Near West Plains, MO
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MY one complaint about Missouri drivers is their need
to ride your bumper. Oh they're not nasty about it or
anything, and it doesn't matter what speed limit
you are going either. They just stay right smack
behind you the entire time. Turn signals? Yes for
the most part, they have too or else you'd get
rear ended all the time! When I had out of state
license plates, I would brake slightly at curves and that
would slow the cars behind me up - "Oh she's from out
of state we must give her room." But it's just the
constant 'on your butt' driving that drives me nutso!
WAY too close in the event of having to suddenly brake
or make a sudden turn.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:09 AM
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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watch out for the Illinois drivers!
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:59 AM
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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Originally Posted by kshe95girl View Post
watch out for the Illinois drivers!
lol, I terribly dislike stereotyping, or painting a group of people w/ a broad brush,,, but good grief, there is much truth to that statement I don't know if its the water, their training [or lack thereof ], or what, but too often if you see IL [or for that matter OH] plates, be wary, very very wary... Will say, again for the most part, IN and MO drivers are quite similar, with many OH and IL drivers likewise of the same mannerisms. Exceptions to every rule, but...

As to MO drivers, pfffffffffffffffttttttttttttttttt... we are perfect!
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:47 PM
Location: SW MO
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Thumbs up OK then...

Originally Posted by ShadowCaver View Post
As to MO drivers, pfffffffffffffffttttttttttttttttt... we are perfect!
Good to know.

Memo to Self: Watch out fer drivin' furiners; especially califuriners!
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