The other day, while I was driving to work, dodging aggressive drivers, slamming on the brakes to avoid a lane change collision (the other driver did put their signal on and didn’t even look over their shoulder), and… ya know, the usual drive to work. When something hit me, I began to wonder how driving here where I live, Salt Lake City, compares to driving in other places.
With over 1 million people living in the valley, the streets and highways become jammed with vehicles everyday. Everyday I am blown away (literally and figuratively) how people drive extremely dangerous and frightening in ways that include and are not limited to: speeding, neglecting the use of the turn signal during a lane change and/or not looking over their shoulder, speeding down the turn lane (Wikipedia: Turn Lane) or shoulder to the next light (usually only when traffic is backed up). Roadway rules state one cannot travel more than 100ft (30.5m). Continuing, running red lights, entering an intersection while pedestrians are crossing the street, violating right-of-way conduct, the list goes on… It’s not like it’s just a few drivers here and there, it seems like the majority of drivers do this. The worst is when you see someone working their way through traffic, as they pass you, you look over and it’s a parent with a car full of their kids. Wouldn’t that be considered child endangerment?
Anyway, I would like to know what it is like driving where you live. What you see daily that constantly amazes you. Oh, and if you are one of these insane drivers, please do us all a favor and settle, even if it’s just a little bit.
BTW, I’m considering doing a piece with the feedback I get from this thread…!