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Old 05-23-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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Driving in Miami is simply crazy. Anyone who tells you that driving here is no worse than anywhere else needs their heads examining:



I'm going to send this video to FHP.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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Besides a distracted driver using a camcorder, what's the issue with the video? It seems like rather calm driving in low-traffic situations.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:17 PM
 
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i think ive been living here too long where none of that seemed out of the ordinary or shocking. really its the guys going like 100 who fly by me on die-95 cutting right in front who if i didnt let up on the accelerator suddenly i would hit them that really get to me. this is why i avoid die-95. my gf notices more things than i do when we're driving somewhere but to me most of it is just part of my daily commute. the goal for me is as few lane changes as possible because each lane change = a pinch of fear not knowing how other people are going to respond. will they try to block you out? will they try to merge in at the same time as you? will you be trying to merge into that lane while the cars in front of you come to a sudden dead stop?
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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*Yawn*
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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Besides a distracted driver using a camcorder, what's the issue with the video? It seems like rather calm driving in low-traffic situations.
Calm? LMFAO ok. I guess you weren't watching the same video?
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Calm? LMFAO ok. I guess you weren't watching the same video?
I watched the whole thing (muting the obviously inflammatory music) and let me tell you, it's the same all over. The only difference in South Florida is that there's more congestion so you see things happen more often.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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Besides a distracted driver using a camcorder, what's the issue with the video? It seems like rather calm driving in low-traffic situations.
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I watched the whole thing (muting the obviously inflammatory music) and let me tell you, it's the same all over. The only difference in South Florida is that there's more congestion so you see things happen more often.
Wrong.

Go to Los Angeles and drive that way. The cops will **** you without Vaseline. I've driven all over the US of A. Nowhere is as crazy as Miami my friend.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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Wrong.

Go to Los Angeles and drive that way. The cops will **** you without Vaseline. I've driven all over the US of A. Nowhere is as crazy as Miami my friend.

I'VE driven in Manhattan(Park Avenue) and you will appreciate Miami traffic after you experience that, as I felt for sure that Im was going to get hit by a cab.
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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i think ive been living here too long where none of that seemed out of the ordinary or shocking. really its the guys going like 100 who fly by me on die-95 cutting right in front who if i didnt let up on the accelerator suddenly
They need to re-adjust the speed limits based on the 80 percentile rule. It will speed up slow drivers and the fast ones will keep going however fast they currently go. It will reduce accidents by speeding up the stubborn people who think driving slow is somehow safer.

Actually if people were to follow it, something like the dynamic speed limits used in Germany for e.g. would work really well. Say at 5pm the speed limit would be 30mph because that's all the road will take, but at 5am the speed limit would be 70mph. But especially in Miami everyone would "rush to the front of the line" so to speak.

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the goal for me is as few lane changes as possible because each lane change = a pinch of fear not knowing how other people are going to respond. will they try to block you out? will they try to merge in at the same time as you? will you be trying to merge into that lane while the cars in front of you come to a sudden dead stop?
LOL. I know exactly what lane to get in on the Palmetto near Bird Road to get off on Miami Lakes Dr. w/o any lane changes (3rd lane from the left)

But, that's why you look at other drivers turn signals. If they have their turn signals on you know they are going to change lanes or merge, and if they don't you know they aren't going to. The turn signals are activated the the stalk on the lefthand side of the steering wheel, usually the same stalk that is used to activate your high beam lamps. It seems many people don't know this, especially in Miami, maybe it's because they print the car instruction manuals in English only?

As for blocking you out, do you match the speed of the lane you wish to change to before you change lanes? If you can't speed up to the other lane's speed to do a lane change and there isn't enough room otherwise, then it's unsafe to change lanes.

It's nice that you keep a distance from other vehicles, but IMO you leave a tad too much space, or was that just because you were distracted with the camera?

Just imagine Miami driving with respect for others. EVERYONE would have a shorter commute:

YouTube - ‪Merging [HD]‬‏
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:46 PM
 
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Santiago, I'm guessing that's you in the video at 1:51?

Just messing with you
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