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Old 08-16-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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You will develope a sense for when people are going to cut you off and be prepared for it. Also, you will also get a feel for how much space to leave between yourself and the person in front of you. Unfortunately, you will get used to it. On the bright side, you will sharpen your own driving skills because of it.

I currently live in NC and would take the MD drivers any day. People here don't use their turn signals and the majority of them tailgate. Last week we had two multi car pileups because of the wet roads and trailgaters.
I think a lot of them are transplants from the Hell have no mercy drivers from Jersey, New York, Maryland etc.

 
Old 08-16-2009, 10:33 AM
 
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Florida does have some pretty aggresive drivers. I was driving from Jacksonville to Orlando sometime last year, and these group of guys driving 3 or 4 Dodge Vipers came up behind me at over 100mph. I was in the left lane and before I could put on my indicator to go over one of them was about to rear end me. When I did put my indicator on to change lanes as was in the process of changing, the guy decided he couldn't wait and overtook me on the right. I had to swerve to avoid hitting him. You couldn't imagine how pleased (and very surprised) I was to see a unmarked cop in a Charger apporoching us from behind. Of course he turned his sirens on and got two of the cars (the others had long gone).
Florida= Another hot bed of transplants and tourists from you know where!
 
Old 08-16-2009, 11:49 AM
 
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You will develope a sense for when people are going to cut you off and be prepared for it. Also, you will also get a feel for how much space to leave between yourself and the person in front of you. Unfortunately, you will get used to it. On the bright side, you will sharpen your own driving skills because of it.
So true!

Here is my most extreme "distracted driver" story I have collected thus far while living in the DC metro: I remember seeing a new Cadillac on the beltway (happened to be the Virginia side) swerving wildly from side to side in its lane. So one would think this driver is likely to be A.) Drunk or B.) Talking/texting on a cell phone or C.) Reading a book . . .

No actually while passing the Cadillac (this was at twilight) I could distinctly see that the driver was TYPING ON THEIR FULL-SIZE LAPTOP!!! I could see the light coming from the screen and the typing going on! Crazy!

Best "justice being served" moment: seeing an aggressive driver actually cut off a POLICE CAR in the middle of an intersection and then be pulled over by the same police car . . . priceless!!!
 
Old 11-05-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I had to dig this thread back up so I could vent my frustration from the last few mornings. When you are first in line in the left turning lane and have the green light (but no arrow) what do you do? In driver's ed I was taught to inch up into the intersection (with wheels straight, not turned to avoid a collision into oncoming traffic if I get hit from behind) and wait for a lull in oncoming traffic to be able to turn left. If there is no lull and your light turns yellow, wait for the oncoming traffic to slow for their yellow or stop and then proceed turning left. I have seen people backup into their original left lane! And then I get the people who are afraid to even get into the intersection and wait three lights until they have enough room to make the complete left turn. Where do these people learn to drive?
 
Old 11-06-2009, 04:21 AM
 
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Where do these people learn to drive?
My theory is - Maryland.

I do not pull out into the intersection, because the few intersections that I have to go through like that in Maryland... the other drivers WILL hit you. Since I am 6 months pregnant, I would really like to avoid that at all costs.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 05:05 AM
 
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Driving in Maryland is a breeze.

Try driving downtown NYC especially around Chinatown at rush hour.
Try driving in SFL on I95 on very hot evening rush hour.
Try driving in Boston.
Try driving in a Caribbean Island..

And then come back and compare MD. Whoever complains about MD driving must be a ......
 
Old 11-06-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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If there is no lull and your light turns yellow, wait for the oncoming traffic to slow for their yellow or stop and then proceed turning left

And then I get the people who are afraid to even get into the intersection and wait three lights until they have enough room to make the complete left turn. Where do these people learn to drive?
Could be that those waiting for enough room to make complete left turns are driving defensively because in MD not everyone slows at yellow or comes to a stop on yellow or red. As a couple other posts have pointed out, at some intersections, even when the light turns green, there are still 1 or 2 cars crossing on red.
 
Old 11-06-2009, 12:49 PM
 
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Driving in Maryland is a breeze.

Try driving downtown NYC especially around Chinatown at rush hour.
Try driving in SFL on I95 on very hot evening rush hour.
Try driving in Boston.
Try driving in a Caribbean Island..

And then come back and compare MD. Whoever complains about MD driving must be a ......
Tonyc: concur. I'm guessing those "frightened" by MD driving....are the same ones doing 45-50 mph in the left lane on the area highways
 
Old 11-06-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Back in California!
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Tonyc: concur. I'm guessing those "frightened" by MD driving....are the same ones doing 45-50 mph in the left lane on the area highways
+1
Try driving here in California if you're driving speed limit on a fast lane...some will honk and high beam until you move over...

Last edited by cksean; 11-06-2009 at 04:05 PM..
 
Old 11-06-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Germantown, MD
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Driving in Maryland is a breeze.

Try driving downtown NYC especially around Chinatown at rush hour.
Try driving in SFL on I95 on very hot evening rush hour.
Try driving in Boston.
Try driving in a Caribbean Island..

And then come back and compare MD. Whoever complains about MD driving must be a ......
Thank you

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Tonyc: concur. I'm guessing those "frightened" by MD driving....are the same ones doing 45-50 mph in the left lane on the area highways
Exactly
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