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Old 04-01-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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What is up with the drivers in the Capital region? Is it just me or are they unusually uptight, arrogant and self-centered ? I mean...These people seem to be friendly enough in person (for the most part) but as soon as they get behind the wheel of a car they turn into evil Ba$@*rds. Don’t turn quick enough, don’t pull away from a light quick enough, they speed up to prevent someone from merging or changing lanes...even if there are more than 3 car lengths and you change lanes, people will flip out. Passing a chain of cars on the right lane of a highway and I'm doing 70 and someone flies up behind you and before you can even have a chance to pull back into the right lane, starts flashing their lights and flips you the bird as you are getting back over to the right. Woooowww!!! Seriously, I have been in most regions of this country and I have to admit even North Jersey and the Boston metro aren't even as bad. Close seconds but this place beats all I've ever seen. I am not an aggressive kid nor a pokey senior either. I see people flip off on others besides myself as well.
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Florida
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May be symptomatic of 'cabin fever'.....months of little sunshine gets to 'ya.
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Old 04-02-2010, 07:14 AM
 
Location: New York, Upstate
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I live here, there's bad drivers (of course, as is there everywhere).. I don't notice it as much as in other places, and I travel frequently? I think Boston is quite worse, personally. I do think people cut me off a lot here..... but that's it.
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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I FREAKIN HATE Albany drivers (I go to school in Rochester and I hate Rochester drivers too, but for different reasons.) Yeah Albany drivers can pretty much be characterized by a single intersection. You know when you are on the Northway going South, and there is the exit where you can either get on the Thruway (Buffalo/New York) or I-90 W (Boston)? The Thruway one is always backed up so people try to sneak in. But then people won't let them sneak in so they get cars behind them that want to go on I-90 W to Boston. So having anticipated this, I'm in the far left lane where I won't be affected by the Thruway traffic at all. But then I see the right lane traffic spilling over into the middle lane. I know what's about to happen. I pray that it won't happen. This person will follow the rules of the road as we all should. They won't be rude/put my life in danger by cutting into the left lane when I'm going 55 MPH. They won't. I'll be fine. They do. Now I have to SLAM on the breaks and worry about getting rear ended.

Happens about 50% of the time I use this intersection.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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The Northeast has never been known for the nicest drivers. One of my best friends is one of the nicest and most polite people that you'll ever meet. She's teaches kindergarten (in the Albany area) and absolutely personifies the image of a sweet and patient teacher - until you get her into a car. At that point she turns into a vicious, swearing, impatient fiend who will flip you the bird for the smallest thing. It's the place where she takes out her aggressions.

However, I'm originally from Albany, but now live in Boston. I have to respectfully disagree with you about it being worse than Boston. I have to watch my driving whenever I go visit my family in Albany because the driving behavior that's unofficially acceptable in Boston - disregard for turning lanes, aggressively cutting people off when there's no room to fit, etc. is not something I see nearly to the same extent in Albany. But I will agree that Albany drivers aren't the warm and fuzzy types either - especially during the rush hour.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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Default Good examples

Yes Juppiter, that I-90 interchange is a great example of where to be on alert for road rage because of people wanting to get ahead of the crowd and then cut back in.(ME FIRST- attitude). They screw it up for ALL the other drivers and not just themselves.

About Boston being worse. Maybe it is, but it is a much larger metro and as for me, I tend to adjust by getting myself psyched and prepared for ANYTHING to happen, turn my radio down, keep both hands on the wheel as if I am entering a war zone. Same way with Northern NJ. So that when I get through without incident, I just just tip my head up for a moment and thank God. Kind of like the newest huge rollercoaster. You enter the gates and ride with fear. Then when you get off, you kind of say to yourself ... "wheeeh, now that wasnt so bad" ... "kind of enjoyed it".

Back to Albany/Schenectady. For the size of the area, it shouldnt be this bad and it comes down to expectations and reason. Its unreasonable that people should be so uptight.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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I've lived in many various places all over the world and NYS drivers are no worse or better than anyplace else. I think the problem is people lack patience and a sense of humor. Instead of getting mad, cursing, driving aggressively, just sit back and laugh at people's stupidity. It never ceases to amaze me.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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I've lived in many various places all over the world and NYS drivers are no worse or better than anyplace else.
I agree with Ellwood. Most people seem to think the drivers where they currently live are the worst. They can't all be right...
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:37 AM
 
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I agree with Ellwood. Most people seem to think the drivers where they currently live are the worst. They can't all be right...
I mean, I've only lived two places.

Albany: *******s. Will tailgate you when you're slowing down anticipating the upcoming red-light so you don't have to break before it turns green. D'err. Will put you in life-threatening situations.

Rochester: Idiots. Will stop when it's just a yield sign. Will go 45 mph on an expressway. Will break in the left lane even though there's a median turn lane.

Yeah, I've never met drivers I'm satisfied with. I definitely think every city has it's quirks.
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