Driving in New York

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Davidoc, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    Note: This is a possibly offensive rant.

    I went to New York last week to visit realatives, and now that I'm a little older than I used to be when we visited before, I noticed something. It seems like everyone there is a horendously aggressive driver. If you slow down for a second, everyone will start honking. Also, everyone drives in the breakdown lanes! (btw, on hte way home, all through maryland, I'd occasionally see this practice, and almost all who did it had a NY plate)

    The people you'd think would be peaceful are rude and aggressive. I took a right hand turn, (which apparently isn't allowed :confused: ) and some dumb middle-aged lady runs up to the car and starts cursing me out. I was tempted to stop the car, and roll down the window to flick her off. It's contagious I tell you. I became just like them. The anger spreads. I wanted to just say "**** you" to everyone. There is no room for mistakes. You have to be aggressive or you won't make it. It's truly a darwinistic thing. I dunno, everyone seems nice out of the car. But when it comes to driving, even the old ladies are jerks. Also, apparently "last exit off of highway" means "shortcut/way to mess up the traffic even more".

    You have to be tough to live there and own a vehicle I guess. I personally could never do it. It's relentless. Noone give you a break. I suppose the virginia liscense plate means "fresh meat". Oh well. It's ruthless.
  2. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    no way,

    you wanna know who the biggest jerks on the road are? Virginian drivers! holy crap, whenever i drive down to visit my aunt in Alexandria, its a test of my patience like no other. NYC doesnt even compare.

    second on my chopping block are New Jersey drivers. they literally act like they own the whole road, and couldnt care less who else is driving on it.

    i'm originally from Pennsylvania, so my first brush with NYC traffic was pretty rough. but i've found NYC drivers are actually very smart, given the tough traffic we get in midtown. its like they're do their dang'est to keep the flow of traffic moving, no matter what.

    but holy crap, NYC pedestrians are very tough. they arent afraid at all to make sure you know they will ALWAYS have right of way.
  3. parrott

    parrott Guest

    Dec 2, 2001
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Man, I thought I had it bad in Edinburgh with the heavy traffic (and people unable to do hill starts.....:rolleyes: If you've ever visited this city....) but I must have it so easy. I can go for days without hearing a horn, or a curse.

    Sure, I get cut-up sometimes - usually by a bus or taxi - but I just forget about it and get on with my trip, and everyone I know is like that.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Drivers everywhere are weird in their own way.

    My favotire thig is to be EXTRA polite when someone is acting like an ass or if it's some macho guy I wave, say Hi, blow a kiss. Watching the reaction after I blow a kiss is pretty priceless. :)
  5. BigBohn

    BigBohn Guest

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
  6. I haven't been to NY since I was 11 years old, but driving in Hong Kong is pretty insane.
    Personally, I would never drive in Hong Kong unless I absolutely had to. For the most part, I let the bus/taxi/train drivers take me places for a small fee. Saves a ton of money on gas, too! :p
  7. No place in particular this happens, but people on motorcycles thing their god! I swear, its so funny...you'll be sitting in traffic and they fly by you up the middle of the lanes laughing at you in your car (yes i know it is legal) and then like on the Cuesta Grade (gotta be from here to know what it is) usually you have to merge lanes because they are doing loads of roadwork there you can watch the motorcycles just darting through everyone trying to get down the hill even though its like so narrow the semi trucks can barely fit in the lane...man, its surprising how many crashes/deaths there have been due to the contruction on the Cuesta Grade, and so far it's all be trucks, cars or semis, NO MOTORCYCLES! Maybe they are god...or maybe just DAMNED lucky bitches... (pardon the language) ~ Tyler
  8. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    If you guys think NY, NJ, or Virginia is bad you should try going to Bangkok. Arguably the worst traffic in the world. I didn't drive there (thankfully) but I went everywhere in a car. As bad as traffic is people aren't a-holes about it. If you want to get anywhere you have to be aggressive, and everyone accepts that. My family is from Tokyo, and while traffic there isn't half as bad as Bangkok, it's still big city traffic. There too you have to be aggressive to get where you're going, but people are nice about it.

    I spent some time growing up in northern Virginia, and I can attest to Joker's comments. There is so much road rage and traffic isn't even that bad. I think Americans in general just have too much road rage.
  9. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    I've got my hands on my hips and I'm giving you a particularly nasty death-stare..... Surrounding yourself with a tonne and a half of steel doesn't give you the right to drive like a wounded bull.

    Here'a s challenge for all of you. Name me a populated city that doesn't have the problems mentioned above?
  10. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    That was YOU?!?!?! :mad:

    sike! ;)
  11. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    Actually, that's a very cool idea Nino. It would be soo embarasing for the other person. And very funny. I need to try that sometime, (not just driving)
  12. If your thinking about the narrow lane, ITS ONE LANE, not two, so you don't get to move around, and yet motorcycles are darting past semis and somehow not crashing...its retarted if u ask me, but don't ;) ~ Tyler
  13. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    huh? You've lost me now.

    Remember that wether you're at the controls of a bike, car, or truck, it's a s dangerous as you make it.
  14. Well, it's legal in CA, so what? In Washington they have to stay in the lanes behind cars and what not.
  15. I think I lost you and you lost me...I got an idea...lets forget I even made that post :D Well, you atleast forget...heh ~ Tyler
  16. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    :) that's cool. If you're ever in Sydney, I'll take you for a ride on my bike - you'll love it!
  17. heh, cool, ill try and visit in a few years :D maybe after highschool (3 MORE YEARS, W00T W00T) ~ Tyler