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2013-07-26 03:22:15 AM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-07-25 08:20:53 PM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-07-26 07:49:33 AM  
1 vote:
Anywhere in MA.

The biggest issue was the lack of planning before building roadways. There are now several huge cities that only have a few tiny one or two lane roads that connect them to the highway. There are also roads wide enough for two lanes but are designated for one (I feel bad for non locals who are caught up in that). Or you do have two lanes but without warning one lane becomes a mandatory turn lane or merges.

It's a farking free for all. My commute to work is 18 miles. It takes 45 minutes minimum because of the crazy city traffic. A third of that time is spent on a two mile stretch in the city. Once I'm out two miles, I'm on backroads the rest of the way (because f u 495)
2013-07-26 06:16:03 AM  
1 vote:
Hate to say it but the factors used are entirely too objective.  TFA bases its criteria upon the following metrics:
- No. 1, years between traffic accidents;
- No. 2, automotive fatalities;
- No. 3, alcohol-related driving deaths; and
- No. 4, pedestrian strikes

Well, here's my attempt at a list of what makes driving a bad experience / the worst drivers:
- No. 1, quantity and degree of aggressive driving
- No. 2, volume of traffic compared to capacity of the roads
- No. 3, people who don't now how to drive in bad weather
- No. 4, whether or not I have to drive in it, particularly rush hour

Multiplying factor for #3: % of who think they do know how to drive in bad weather, or think their SUV or truck magically allows them to corner or brake faster/better.

On #4, for years I lived and worked in DC and I think the traffic and drivers are just fine.  But of the 2 jobs I had, one was off the Metro and the other was literally 2 blocks from where I lived.
2013-07-26 03:32:49 AM  
1 vote:

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 03:31:50 AM  
1 vote:

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 03:23:16 AM  
1 vote:
Driving on 595 in Ft. Lauderdale during rush hour is enough to drive you to contemplate vehicular homicide.
2013-07-26 01:49:17 AM  
1 vote:
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.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-25 08:40:59 PM  
1 vote:
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 08:23:36 PM  
1 vote:
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.
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