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Old 08-17-2007, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Default Florida drivers in TN

First off, let me say "Bless your hearts" and "no offense, but..."

When hubby and I were in FL we were really intimidated by the aggressive drivers on all sides. Travelling from place to place was an ordeal and not a pleasure at all. We were glad to return to good old TN where people seem to practice more common courtesy.

We notice when on the interstate, if there is a rude or aggressive driver who causes a disruption in the flow of traffic, it will invariably be a vehicle with FL license tags.

Tennessee welcomes all you Floridians to our state, but now that you are here, RELAX!! You really don't have to ride our tailgates or honk at us if we are 2 seconds late jumping out of a green light. You don't have to try to muscle in front of us... if you just let us know you'd like to get in, we will let you! You aren't in FL anymore and the rat race here is more like a rat stroll. If you just start out a little earlier, you won't be late... Relax, enjoy our beautiful scenery. The people are friendly and will smile and wave and be courteous to you if you give us a chance.

Hope i haven't offended. Just wanted to remind you that you've left your stresses behind and can now drive with a smile instead of a frown
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I had to laugh as I read your post - when I first moved to Orlando I was annoyed by the constant people switching lanes- blowing horns and cutting other cars off - but now that I've been here for a couple of years I'm guilty of all that and more...I blame it on tourism lol darn that Mickey Mouse
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Old 08-17-2007, 07:30 PM
 
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Disney, a trap set by a rat to catch people


>grins< NOW you know why Mickey is always smiling.
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Old 08-17-2007, 08:18 PM
 
Location: tampa fl-Soddy Daisy Tn
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Oh, so true! We purchased vacation property in the Chattanooga area in July just got back to Tampa on wed. This morning I forgot to look both ways after I got the green light and was almost killed by 2 others running the red light, welcome back to FL.
I sure hope this does not spread to Tn as it was so nice to just relax and enjoy the scenery.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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It's that "clean" air you have!!! Here it's the rotting vegetation from are so called clean lakes and rivers that pollutes the air, which makes us Floridians aggressive drivers.....can't wait too get out of here...
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Old 08-18-2007, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Maybe we could talk the state into some kind of posted notice to all new comers at the state lines? A sign something like "Welcome to TN, now please relax the grip on your steering wheel, use your indicators and not your horns"
Just a thought hhehehehhee
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Old 08-18-2007, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Maybe we could talk the state into some kind of posted notice to all new comers at the state lines? A sign something like "Welcome to TN, now please relax the grip on your steering wheel, use your indicators and not your horns"
Just a thought hhehehehhee
Uh, we might need a remedial course in Nashville and surrounding counties. We kind of think of traffic rules and speed limits as "optional" here. Not me, of course.

There used to be a joke in Nashville explaining to the locals what those blinking things were on the rear end of cars from out-of-state. Ah, turn signals! How clever.
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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I learned to drive on the streets of Miami, and can't wait to loosen my grip on the wheel. Never was much of a horn-honker
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Old 08-18-2007, 08:52 AM
 
Location: East TN
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There used to be a joke in Nashville explaining to the locals what those blinking things were on the rear end of cars from out-of-state. Ah, turn signals! How clever.
So funny but so true blinkers are an option in many places, but drives me nuts and NC is the only place that I've seen it, the driver immediately behind a driver who is turning left will sometimes put their blinker on as well "to let the people behind them know that the front driver is turning". Wow that almost makes sense, but it is totally wrong!!

Anyway, I grew up in NC in the mountains and I always dreaded a summer drive on the parkway due to the Floridians "straightening out" the curves, i.e. about half the time you went into a curve, there was a car with FL tags in my lane trying hard not to be "in" a curve. With all of those flat roads in FL, they don't know how to turn that dang wheel.

Hopefully they'll learn to drive slowly, fast. It seems like on the FL forum, half of the state is planning on moving to TN or NC.

Tony
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach
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Actually we were in Tennessee a few weeks ago and we found the opposite...some drivers in the parts of Tennessee we visited were tailgating and agressive...this was mostly in Pigeon Forge area (and i stress some drivers not all) This makes me wonder as you say driving in Florida was stressful for you. Where we live (by the beach the driving is mostly calm and laid back) but we go to Orlando and Disney and you take your life in your own hands and I admit to being stressed up there...so maybe it is the type of area that causes stressful driving as we found Pigoen forge area to be similar to Orlando in the sense of Dollywood etc.!!!!!
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