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2013-07-25 08:20:53 PM  
yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.
 
2013-07-25 08:23:36 PM  
I've heard all of the horror stories of Miami, but I've actually driven in Tampa.  Holy fark, it's awful.  I can't imagine Miami.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-25 08:40:59 PM  
One notable escapee is San Diego, the city with the most drunk driving arrests.

Illegal aliens who can't (or don't) get licenses don't have insurance and don't file claims. That will skew the numbers. Mexicans legally visiting may have Mexican insurance and will not file claims here.
 
2013-07-25 08:40:59 PM  

Wall_of_Doodoo: You've heard about this new thing we have called 'capitalization' right?


capitalization is so 20th century, dude.
 
2013-07-25 08:42:14 PM  
Had the misfortune of driving around Orlando for a couple of days last month. Holy fark, I saw some dumb shiat. Only some of it was from lost tourists looking for Disney, too. The most egregious stuff was done by locals.
 
2013-07-25 08:45:05 PM  

Wall_of_Doodoo: Cewley: yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.

You've heard about this new thing we have called 'capitalization' right?

Also, I've lived in Baltimore right off of North Avenue and some of the driving I've seen is truely mind boggling. I also work in a clinic that does a lot of PI work and some of the stories I've heard, also mind boggling.

Baltimore is truely a special, special place.


If you're going to correct somebody's cpitalization, you should learn how to spell "truly."

Truly.
 
2013-07-25 08:53:27 PM  
my wife is driving around Baltimore right now so I am really getting a kick...crap.
 
2013-07-25 09:17:31 PM  

Wall_of_Doodoo: ecmoRandomNumbers: Wall_of_Doodoo: Cewley: yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.

You've heard about this new thing we have called 'capitalization' right?

Also, I've lived in Baltimore right off of North Avenue and some of the driving I've seen is truely mind boggling. I also work in a clinic that does a lot of PI work and some of the stories I've heard, also mind boggling.

Baltimore is truely a special, special place.

If you're going to correct somebody's cpitalization, you should learn how to spell "truly."

Truly.

Hey dude, that's what it autocorrected to. I'm a science guy, I gotta remember how to spell 'levator scapulae', 'Gluteus medius', 'splanchnic ganglion', etc, etc. I leave the plebe words you people use to my phone and libtards like you cause it never comes up in the real world. 'Truely' vs 'truly'? Lionel Ritchie gets it, I don't really care. Figure it out, there Dostevski, a letter added or taken away, you've already taken down Dan Quayle for adding an 'e' to a word, your schtick is old.


LOL.
 
2013-07-25 09:25:53 PM  

Wall_of_Doodoo: ecmoRandomNumbers: Wall_of_Doodoo: Cewley: yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.

You've heard about this new thing we have called 'capitalization' right?

Also, I've lived in Baltimore right off of North Avenue and some of the driving I've seen is truely mind boggling. I also work in a clinic that does a lot of PI work and some of the stories I've heard, also mind boggling.

Baltimore is truely a special, special place.

If you're going to correct somebody's cpitalization, you should learn how to spell "truly."

Truly.

Hey dude, that's what it autocorrected to. I'm a science guy, I gotta remember how to spell 'levator scapulae', 'Gluteus medius', 'splanchnic ganglion', etc, etc. I leave the plebe words you people use to my phone and libtards like you cause it never comes up in the real world. 'Truely' vs 'truly'? Lionel Ritchie gets it, I don't really care. Figure it out, there Dostevski, a letter added or taken away, you've already taken down Dan Quayle for adding an 'e' to a word, your schtick is old.


Up your meds, Angry.
 
2013-07-25 09:31:49 PM  
This list does not include Dublin, OH... so it can not be correct.
 
2013-07-25 09:32:56 PM  
DC is only 16th?  I've lived in Florida and DC, and I think DC drivers are just as bad, if not worse.
 
2013-07-25 10:11:50 PM  
Providence is appropriately included. These f*cking morans wouldn't know what a turn signal was if you beat them to death with it. (Which I have dreams about.) Yes, I'll seek help.

Wish I could drive this to work:

i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-07-25 10:13:09 PM  
Wait, Providence got booted off? BOO!!! Turn those machines back on!
 
2013-07-25 10:21:40 PM  
See, you guys! I've always told you Floridians are the worst American drivers. I grew up there, mastering the art of defensive driving. You could say I'm a ninja at that sort of thing.

If the thunderstorms, hurricanes, elderly, snowbirds, tourists, crackers, transplants, drunks, stoners, road ragers and mentally unbalanced don't get you on Florida roads, the collapsing bridges will.

www.sptimes.com
 
2013-07-25 11:06:11 PM  

AirForceVet: See, you guys! I've always told you Floridians are the worst American drivers. I grew up there, mastering the art of defensive driving. You could say I'm a ninja at that sort of thing.

If the thunderstorms, hurricanes, elderly, snowbirds, tourists, crackers, transplants, drunks, stoners, road ragers and mentally unbalanced don't get you on Florida roads, the collapsing bridges will.

[www.sptimes.com image 450x291]


Yes.  The role of the storms can't be underestimated though, because if you've never spent much time down here, you just don't know.  You're driving along at 80mph on the highway, keeping up with traffic, blue skies, sun shining, then almost instantly the sky turns dark and a seemingly impenetrable wall of water slams against your windshield.  Visibility goes from perfect to near zero, and all you can make out are occasional brake and hazard lights between the frantic swipes of your windshield wipers.

Some drivers try to keep on, some pull to the shoulder, some turn their hazards on, some don't, some slow to a crawl, everyone is doing something different and you can't see for a damn what's happening.
 
2013-07-25 11:08:39 PM  
Sounds like FL should stop letting in people from Michigan.
 
2013-07-25 11:18:39 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: The role of the storms can't be underestimated though, because if you've never spent much time down here, you just don't know.  You're driving along at 80mph on the highway, keeping up with traffic, blue skies, sun shining, then almost instantly the sky turns dark and a seemingly impenetrable wall of water slams against your windshield.  Visibility goes from perfect to near zero, and all you can make out are occasional brake and hazard lights between the frantic swipes of your windshield wipers


That truly is terrifying. And trucks do NOT slow down.
 
2013-07-26 01:49:17 AM  
I don't know about the others because I haven't been to them that much (or at all in some cases), but #1 is indisputably correct.  Holy shiat, no place I've been to competes with Miami when it comes to bad drivers. Between 90-year-old former New Yorkers driving 40 mph in the fast lane with their blinker on for 20 miles, and 20-year-old wannabe gangbangers passing you on the right shoulder at 95 mph in their blinged-out Escalades sitting on 24" dubs, it's like driving in a horrible real-life video game. When I've driven there, every trip I've taken seems like a major victory when I arrive alive at my destination.
 
2013-07-26 01:54:53 AM  

Cewley: yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.


The legislature this spring passed a law against this.  I was shocked they finally got around to it.  But the shiatty drivers aren't limited to Miami.  They're just as bad on this side of the state.  Every third car is driven by a geezer hunched over their steering wheel with their eyes glazed over.  Just look for the Lincoln Towncar.
 
2013-07-26 02:00:26 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: AirForceVet: See, you guys! I've always told you Floridians are the worst American drivers. I grew up there, mastering the art of defensive driving. You could say I'm a ninja at that sort of thing.

If the thunderstorms, hurricanes, elderly, snowbirds, tourists, crackers, transplants, drunks, stoners, road ragers and mentally unbalanced don't get you on Florida roads, the collapsing bridges will.

[www.sptimes.com image 450x291]

Yes.  The role of the storms can't be underestimated though, because if you've never spent much time down here, you just don't know.  You're driving along at 80mph on the highway, keeping up with traffic, blue skies, sun shining, then almost instantly the sky turns dark and a seemingly impenetrable wall of water slams against your windshield.  Visibility goes from perfect to near zero, and all you can make out are occasional brake and hazard lights between the frantic swipes of your windshield wipers.

Some drivers try to keep on, some pull to the shoulder, some turn their hazards on, some don't, some slow to a crawl, everyone is doing something different and you can't see for a damn what's happening.


That is the best description of my daily commute I could ever imagine.  I'm going to use that whenever the need arises.
 
2013-07-26 02:13:35 AM  

Hoban Washburne: I've heard all of the horror stories of Miami, but I've actually driven in Tampa.  Holy fark, it's awful.  I can't imagine Miami.


I've driven in both and Miami is much worse.
 
2013-07-26 03:02:01 AM  
I have never even heard of the city 'Hialeah'. I thought this was a survey of major cities.
 
2013-07-26 03:02:26 AM  
Bad drivers in Maryland are everywhere.  I drive in NYC, LA, and DC to relax and escape Maryland drivers.
 
2013-07-26 03:08:51 AM  
Whoever put together this study has obviously never been to Silicon Valley.
 
2013-07-26 03:09:29 AM  
farking Philly drivers.. In Jersey they are kings of sitting in the passing lane going slower then everyone else, or kings of sitting in the middle lane and pacing the car next to them in the slow them..

Scumbags..
 
2013-07-26 03:09:51 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Wall_of_Doodoo: Cewley: yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.

You've heard about this new thing we have called 'capitalization' right?

Also, I've lived in Baltimore right off of North Avenue and some of the driving I've seen is truely mind boggling. I also work in a clinic that does a lot of PI work and some of the stories I've heard, also mind boggling.

Baltimore is truely a special, special place.

If you're going to correct somebody's cpitalization, you should learn how to spell "truly."

Truly.


Classic.
 
2013-07-26 03:10:21 AM  
Somebody had their number, and it was time to collect.
 
2013-07-26 03:11:00 AM  

Cewley: yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.


Don't forget the staged accidents and insurance fraud.
 
2013-07-26 03:13:05 AM  
Orlando is also a ridiculous zoo when it comes to driving.   It's a noxious stew of senior citizens, college students, and tourists from all over the world.
 
2013-07-26 03:17:13 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Yes.  The role of the storms can't be underestimated though, because if you've never spent much time down here, you just don't know.  You're driving along at 80mph on the highway, keeping up with traffic, blue skies, sun shining, then almost instantly the sky turns dark and a seemingly impenetrable wall of water slams against your windshield.  Visibility goes from perfect to near zero,


That's a pretty good point.  I would suspect that the majority of accidents happen in 5 minute periods of torrential flooding rain, which are immediately preceded and followed by fluffy clouds and blue sky, during the 9 months of spring+summer.

I work right next to I4.  From my office window I can look out on it.  (And being an engineer, I spend a lot of time staring out the window.) Anecdotal, but the vast majority of accidents I see are during or within a few minutes following one of the afternoon solid-walls-o-water.
 
2013-07-26 03:17:31 AM  
What, no Seattle?

/So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber.
//The locals used to say, if you can drive in Seattle you can drive anywhere.
///There is no third slashie.
 
2013-07-26 03:18:17 AM  

Cybernetic: Orlando is also a ridiculous zoo when it comes to driving.   It's a noxious stew of senior citizens, college students, and tourists from all over the world.


I'll take Tampa over Orlando any day.
 
2013-07-26 03:21:01 AM  
Boston.
 
2013-07-26 03:21:14 AM  

Wall_of_Doodoo: Cewley: yep. you got your retirees driving 45 in the left lane of I-95 with their right blinkers on, your haitians driving all the cabs without ever learning any driving skills, and your hothead cubans who all think they drive like ayrton senna. add alcohol.

You've heard about this new thing we have called 'capitalization' right?


i689.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-26 03:22:15 AM  
Driving in Tampa is like driving into a farking war zone.

You've got idiots in SUVs drifting into all lanes going 10 miles under the speed limit.
You've got people on cell phones accidentally driving into things.
You've got old guys in sports cars that are much too high spec for them being unable to control themselves and spinning their cars into freeway walls and onto sidewalks.
You've got stupid middle-aged women in minivans and Escalades who have no business driving a golf cart, let alone a vehicle weighing several thousand pounds.
You've got motorcyclists with no protective gear weaving in and out of lanes and traffic like farking idiots.

NONE of these groups give a single goddamn about pedestrians. Crosswalk lights? Fark that, just gun it, the poors can hop onto the median if they don't want to get hit. Somebody in the crosswalk? Honk at them. Bicycles? Terrorize them onto the sidewalk or clip them with your fender.

Time to get on the freeway? Better slow down and swerve onto the shoulder rather than speed up to match the pace of traffic! Turn signal? Completely optional. In Florida it is totally normal to cross three lanes of traffic from right lane to left lane with nary a turn signal given, then park yourself in the fast lane at precisely the speed limit and refuse to move. Also fark emergency vehicles in Florida. If an ambulance pulls up behind you, just change lanes and keep driving. And god help you if you see a pro-life license plate in the state of Florida, because it's nature's warning sign that you're about to enter the proximity of a person who is totally and completely incapable of driving and WILL, if you take your eyes off them for a SECOND, do something absolutely stupid that will probably get you/your car seriously damaged. Avoid these people like the plague.

When I'm driving in Tampa I literally cannot remove my attention from the road for more than five seconds or something will happen. Doesn't matter if I'm at a light, at a four-way stop, or in a goddamn parking lot. 4 out of every 5 drivers around you are functionally retarded or worse.
 
2013-07-26 03:22:31 AM  

ZAZ: One notable escapee is San Diego, the city with the most drunk driving arrests.

Illegal aliens who can't (or don't) get licenses don't have insurance and don't file claims. That will skew the numbers. Mexicans legally visiting may have Mexican insurance and will not file claims here.


Actually, that statistic is from insurance.com, which logged folks calling in for insurance quotes. And apparently part of the cause is that San Diego has lots of tourists who get hammered, and California is actually really anal retentive about doing DUI checks.
 
2013-07-26 03:22:40 AM  
After a million miles driven, I have to agree about Miami. But they completely missed St Louis which is my second worst. The intersection of 70 and 55 is insanity day or night.
 
2013-07-26 03:23:16 AM  
Driving on 595 in Ft. Lauderdale during rush hour is enough to drive you to contemplate vehicular homicide.
 
2013-07-26 03:25:32 AM  
Whenever I read a Dexter novel, there is always quite a bit of ink about the horrific driving habits of Miami residents.  Looks like art imitates life.
 
2013-07-26 03:26:01 AM  

vinniethepoo: What, no Seattle?

/So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber.
//The locals used to say, if you can drive in Seattle you can drive anywhere.
///There is no third slashie.


I driven all over this country and I used to think Seattle had the worst drivers, and I was proud of the drivers where I come from, Silicon Valley, but the demographics have changed to quick and so many people have come into Silicon Valley from non-driving cultures, that I can now say without reservation that Silicon Valley has the worst drivers in the country.  I'll put them up against Miami any day.

I've driven in Miami, and yes there are dangerous drivers there, but at least they are somewhat predictable.  In Silicon Valley our non-driving farks are completely unpredictable...from slamming on their brakes with nothing in front of them, to stopping on a freeway on ramp, then trying to creep across 4 lanes of 75 MPH traffic at 20 MPH to get to the diamond lane, to accelerating into the back of the car in front of them for absolutely no reason except that they are non-driving farks.
 
2013-07-26 03:27:15 AM  

vinniethepoo: What, no Seattle?

/So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber.
//The locals used to say, if you can drive in Seattle you can drive anywhere.
///There is no third slashie.


It's not actually difficult to drive in Seattle, at least not in an automatic. Drivers who are from Seattle are retarded, however. OMG SUN! OMG RAIN! OMG CLOUDS WITH NO RAIN OR SUN! I better drive 50 on the highway!!!!

Actually, last week I got stuck two cars behind some dumb biatch who drove 35 on the on ramp to Interstate 5, and then braked to 10 mph when she was actually merging for no reason. She nearly caused a four-car pile up as folks slammed on their brakes because she was gong 10 mph on the freeway. And then she proceeded to tailgate the dude in front of her.
 
2013-07-26 03:30:45 AM  
I live in Tampa and drive for a living, so I'm really getting a kick....

But as many previous posters have mentioned, Orlando is far worse. Used to live just outside of DC, and I would say it places somewhere between Tampa and Orlando.
 
2013-07-26 03:31:50 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I have never even heard of the city 'Hialeah'. I thought this was a survey of major cities.


Hialeah has 231,941 residents according to Wiki, which puts it ahead of Baton Rouge, Boise, Birmingham, Richmond, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Tempe, Chattanooga, Tallahassee, and a ton of other medium-sized cities. Just cause you've never heard of it...
 
2013-07-26 03:32:46 AM  

vinniethepoo: What, no Seattle?

/So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber.
//The locals used to say, if you can drive in Seattle you can drive anywhere.
///There is no third slashie.


Seattle isn't really a place for "bad" drivers. Just ridiculously incompetent drivers.

You may ask, what the hell is the difference? Let me tell you.

An incompetent driver knows she is incompetent. She will take steps to compensate for her incompetence by driving slowly, stopping at every signal (even green ones), riding her brakes, and using the left-hand passing lane to avoid getting hit by cars entering the highway on the right. She will also take steps to drive in a courteous way by allowing cars stopped at stop signs to proceed through before her, even if she was there first.

This is not to say that she's completely focused on her incompetent driving at every moment in the car. On clear days, she'll hit the 520 from Seattle and slow down to 30mph to take in the beauty of Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington.

Seattle has a lot of incompetent drivers. If you understand this and take advantage of their incompetence, you'll find that driving in the Pacific Northwest a very pleasant experience.
 
2013-07-26 03:32:49 AM  

Mike Chewbacca: vinniethepoo: What, no Seattle?

/So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber.
//The locals used to say, if you can drive in Seattle you can drive anywhere.
///There is no third slashie.

It's not actually difficult to drive in Seattle, at least not in an automatic. Drivers who are from Seattle are retarded, however. OMG SUN! OMG RAIN! OMG CLOUDS WITH NO RAIN OR SUN! I better drive 50 on the highway!!!!

Actually, last week I got stuck two cars behind some dumb biatch who drove 35 on the on ramp to Interstate 5, and then braked to 10 mph when she was actually merging for no reason. She nearly caused a four-car pile up as folks slammed on their brakes because she was gong 10 mph on the freeway. And then she proceeded to tailgate the dude in front of her.


Seattle's biggest issue is congestion. It is a beautiful city - can't even see the buildings for all the trees and greenspace. It has simply outgrown it's roadways. Some people panic in heavy traffic. I've seen what you described in every major city in the US.
 
2013-07-26 03:34:57 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: I have never even heard of the city 'Hialeah'. I thought this was a survey of major cities.


It's just more of Miami.
 
2013-07-26 03:35:23 AM  
I have also driven in Philly and Seattle. Seattle is nothing compared to these others. Now Philly doesn't so much have terrible drivers as it does terrible roads. Roads that are two way streets despite being about eight feet wide.
 
2013-07-26 03:36:45 AM  
As someone who drives in San Francisco traffic, I call bullshiat!
 
2013-07-26 03:37:42 AM  
Not surprised

I remember many many years ago (12? I was 17) we were on a family trip to Orlando, and we were going to Disney world, my father missed the exit and being the good hispanic driver he is... He put reverse on the highway (I4?), shat my pants.

And it's very common for hispanic tourists to do dumb driving crap.
 
2013-07-26 03:39:30 AM  

KarmaSpork: Mike Chewbacca: vinniethepoo: What, no Seattle?

/So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber.
//The locals used to say, if you can drive in Seattle you can drive anywhere.
///There is no third slashie.

It's not actually difficult to drive in Seattle, at least not in an automatic. Drivers who are from Seattle are retarded, however. OMG SUN! OMG RAIN! OMG CLOUDS WITH NO RAIN OR SUN! I better drive 50 on the highway!!!!

Actually, last week I got stuck two cars behind some dumb biatch who drove 35 on the on ramp to Interstate 5, and then braked to 10 mph when she was actually merging for no reason. She nearly caused a four-car pile up as folks slammed on their brakes because she was gong 10 mph on the freeway. And then she proceeded to tailgate the dude in front of her.

Seattle's biggest issue is congestion. It is a beautiful city - can't even see the buildings for all the trees and greenspace. It has simply outgrown it's roadways. Some people panic in heavy traffic. I've seen what you described in every major city in the US.


Seattle has always had farked up traffic. Part of that is the terrain: big hills and lots of water everywhere. But a huge part of it is because the city planners were corrupt and/or incompetent. One of my Seattle friends once said that Seattle gets a bit of a pass from him regarding its traffic/public transit stupidity because it has to get Tacoma, Bellevue, and Redmond to agree with any changes. I laughed in his face and pointed out that DC has to get DC, VA, MD, and motherfarking Congress to agree to do anything, and yet they still manage to have one of the best public transit systems in our country. Meanwhile, Seattle's light rail goes a whopping 14 miles, and only runs between Downtown and the airport. Even San Diego's public transit goes from Mexico to Camp Pendleton, and then from Old Town to past Qualcomm, and then from Solana Beach to CSU San Marcos.
 
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