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Old 03-14-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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Metrogrades: Car Crash Hotbeds | Men's Health

Rank 73rd out of 100. Worse than I had hoped. Not surprisingly St. Louis is the worst.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: In a valley in the South Hills
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Not entirely sure what this article is about. On the one hand they lead with "fender benders" which is typically used to describe non-fatal smaller accidents. But they only reference stats on fatal accidents.

The list makes more sense if it's fatal accidents. Having both lived and driven delivery vans in NY and Boston it's true there are very few fatal accidents in NY/Boston. Drivers are simply more alert in both cities than here. But there are multiple "fender benders" every day due to the congestion.

It's a different kind of driving here for certain. On one hand you could say it's less aggressive. OTOH, there's less anticipation/attention to what other drivers are doing. And IMO a surprisingly higher % of idiots who speed 20-30mph over the limit when conditions aren't ideal.

Cell phones still legal here too.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Personally, I prefer driving in larger cities over Pittsburgh. I hate driving here. As sskink mentioned, people do not make sense when they speed and when they don't around here. I see people rocketing through Mt. Washington like they're going to a fire, yet, on the Parkway, everyone is in one giant funeral procession and suddenly is a total wuss. I would say roughly 60% or more of locals DO NOT even attempt to merge properly. Just yesterday, getting on the outbound Parkway West from 51, traffic was congested. Instead of riding the ramp in its entirety, the majority of people insisted on merging on as soon as they were able, creating more congestion on the ramp itself. I swear drivers around here live to create congestion.

Anyway, I could complain about driving around here until I'm out of breath. This rating does not surprise me one single bit.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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Boy, it does not surprise me either!. My pet peeve is turn signals and why it is so hard for people to use them . .
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:54 AM
 
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Because ppl can only multitask so much between texting/shaving and having to turn their signals on!

That is my pet peeve too.

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Boy, it does not surprise me either!. My pet peeve is turn signals and why it is so hard for people to use them . .
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Yeah
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Boy, it does not surprise me either!. My pet peeve is turn signals and why it is so hard for people to use them . .

My biggest annoyance is the occupying of the left lane on our highways when there is no intent to pass.

Last night I got on the turnpike in Cranberry. I witnessed a woman getting on behind me, and immediately shot for the left lane. No intent to pass, no one to pass, just crusing. Dont' get me started on this topic. 73rd is being nice.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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Yeah, that one too...but also when they want to pass, but instead of speeding passed whomever they're trying to pass, the slow down and it takes them 10 minutes to get out of the way! I don't understand this at all....were these items removed from the driving manual?

Edit: On I-4 in FL they used to cruise in the passing lane texting...completely oblivious to the rest of the traffic.


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My biggest annoyance is the occupying of the left lane on our highways when there is no intent to pass.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Yeah
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Yeah, that one too...but also when they want to pass, but instead of speeding passed whomever they're trying to pass, the slow down and it takes them 10 minutes to get out of the way! I don't understand this at all....were these items removed from the driving manual?

Edit: On I-4 in FL they used to cruise in the passing lane texting...completely oblivious to the rest of the traffic.
This is my theory: Drivers Licenses were given out as a free handout at Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins games.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Personally, I prefer driving in larger cities over Pittsburgh. I hate driving here. As sskink mentioned, people do not make sense when they speed and when they don't around here. I see people rocketing through Mt. Washington like they're going to a fire, yet, on the Parkway, everyone is in one giant funeral procession and suddenly is a total wuss. I would say roughly 60% or more of locals DO NOT even attempt to merge properly. Just yesterday, getting on the outbound Parkway West from 51, traffic was congested. Instead of riding the ramp in its entirety, the majority of people insisted on merging on as soon as they were able, creating more congestion on the ramp itself. I swear drivers around here live to create congestion.

Anyway, I could complain about driving around here until I'm out of breath. This rating does not surprise me one single bit.
That baffles me too having people tailgate me because 5 mph above the speed limit is too slow on a regular road but no one will go any faster than 60 on the highways.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:44 PM
 
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Here's a question:

IF the speed limits barely reaches 65 (not where we came from), then why in the world our cars are made to drive over 100 miles per hour?

Where are we supposed to do that?

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That baffles me too having people tailgate me because 5 mph above the speed limit is too slow on a regular road but no one will go any faster than 60 on the highways.
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