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Old 07-01-2008, 04:12 PM
 
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yeah - i think with most places, here specifically, that drivers make bad traffic

how many times has one lane on the highway come to a complete stop while the other lanes on both sides zoom bye?

the 60 to stopped brake check?

the lane hopper guy who makes everyone he cuts off brake and creates that reaction backward

the i've never seen someone pulled over before guy

those are the people that really make our traffic mind blowing
LOL...I have my personal favorites

- The 8 people in the pinto scraping the ground going 20 under the speed limit

- The guy driving the 8 cylinder Dodge Truck who wants to prove his truck is as fast as sports cars and gets on everyone's tail so that he can drive 80 on Ray Rd.

-The old lady who runs stop signs in neighborhoods and gives you a dirty look because she expected you to stop when you didn't have a stop sign.

-The guy who sits and misses the first two green lights at the stop light at the freeway exit ramp in the morning.

-The guy who panics and breaks 3-4 car lengths in advance during rush hour

- The person who panics and makes a complete stop when trying to merge from freeway onto another one.
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:13 PM
 
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i've always used public transport in NYC so I don't know what driving is like there - but have driven in most other major cities

I would probably put LA #1 as the worst I've experienced, followed by Boston, Houston then DC ....... couldn't believe how much of a mess Houston was - maybe it's the way texans lay out their roads because for the relatively small size of Austin it's no picnic either
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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LOL...I have my personal favorites

- The 8 people in the pinto scraping the ground going 20 under the speed limit

- The guy driving the 8 cylinder Dodge Truck who wants to prove his truck is as fast as sports cars and gets on everyone's tail so that he can drive 80 on Ray Rd.

-The old lady who runs stop signs in neighborhoods and gives you a dirty look because she expected you to stop when you didn't have a stop sign.

-The guy who sits and misses the first two green lights at the stop light at the freeway exit ramp in the morning.

-The guy who panics and breaks 3-4 car lengths in advance during rush hour

- The person who panics and makes a complete stop when trying to merge from freeway onto another one.
heh - i'm familiar with them as well - i also like how people absolutely struggle with merging out here or if you are driving east toward the airport and you get all the lane ending signs and people still turn into that lane with no intention of exiting - i actually was riding next to a guy who created his own lane on the curve between the tunnel and airport, scared the crap out of me because I knew that the shoulder came to a point at the next exit with traffic merging in - he just stopped his car and looked confused
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I once spent 4 hours commuting 40 miles from Lombard to Wrigleyville, as a 3 pm snowfall crippled traffic. I used to get to Lansing Michigan from Lombard in 3 1/2 hours!

FCorrales, where's the study that shows 72% of PHX drivers go 5-10 mph above speed limit from 2-4 pm, 8-12 mph over from 4-6 pm?????
HUH? What are you talking about? Speed limits during certain times, 72% of PHX drivers do what? Come again? Not sure what you are asking here.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:47 PM
 
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That's funny that Michigan was mentioned a few times.. I dont see many accidents here (Grand Rapids area) ... but I suppose I just assumed a lot of cities were like that. G. Rap. isnt that big though.. not big at all. Taking side roads instead of the e-way works better almost all of the time.. is it like that in the Phoenix area?
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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That's funny that Michigan was mentioned a few times.. I dont see many accidents here (Grand Rapids area) ... but I suppose I just assumed a lot of cities were like that. G. Rap. isnt that big though.. not big at all. Taking side roads instead of the e-way works better almost all of the time.. is it like that in the Phoenix area?
I think I have heard some people mention on this forum that certain locations in Phoenix are easier and faster to navigate via city streets. But I think the majority use the freeways because of distance.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:08 PM
 
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One thing I noticed here, compared to east coast cities, is how much better the freeways (highways) are. They are so wide, and well-lit, and in great condition. Snow and wintry conditions can really take a beating on a road, but that is not the case here. I have never been to a city with a more efficient and well-designed freeway system...not to mention Free. Coming from New York, this immediately stood out to me. It now costs $10 there to cross any bridge, and the roads are in god-awful condition.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:11 PM
 
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Its worse here in Chicago' suburbs. No joke!

Seriously though, PHX's traffic is a breeze, be thankful for that. And as the Valley continues to grow, it will only get worse, but never to D.C./NYC/Atlanta/Chicago proportions Id imagine.
DC is the absolute worst. I used to go to University of Maryland, and that beltway was a total nightmare. There were just so few roads to take into DC, that traffic was so unbearable. I guess it's bad in New York too, but the mass transporation is so well-developed and frequented that its hard to complain.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Northeastern WI
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I like small town traffic, where rush hour consists of maybe 10 cars or so, down the highway...
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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HUH? What are you talking about? Speed limits during certain times, 72% of PHX drivers do what? Come again? Not sure what you are asking here.
I was being facetious. I know you have almost every statistical study known to man, and thought you could produce local driving habit statistics.
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