Have any driving tips for people visiting your hometown?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Nov 22, 2021 | Road Trip, Driving, Traffic

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In the same way that there are tips for improving lap times at certain tracks, what are some tips that everyone should know before they visit your hometown? 

Perhaps there’s a stretch of highway that should be avoided at all cost, or maybe there are a few stoplights that just had some cameras installed. Whatever the case is, what should we know before we drive in your neck of the woods?

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
11/18/21 2:20 p.m.

My top driving tip for visiting Central Florida?

 

Don't.

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/18/21 2:23 p.m.

Detroit:  Go faster.  Seriously.  85 mph is what it takes on the freeways here.  and GTFOO the left lane.

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
11/18/21 2:26 p.m.

Universal driving rules:

Drive as fast as most around you.

Miss your exit? So what there is another one down the road to turn around on.

Preplan where you are going.

Heads up look out your windows and not just your E36 M3ty bug covered windshield.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
11/18/21 2:28 p.m.

When I was a young man (1985) some old southern redneck dude commented to my girlfriend/wife and I when I mentioned we liked to go downtown Chicago for events and restaurants.  

"I wouldn't go to Chicago unless I was packing a gun".   

Today I might suggest that.  

tomtomgt356 (Tommy)
tomtomgt356 (Tommy) GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/18/21 2:32 p.m.

My best advice for getting through Atlanta:

- Head south on I-75 till you get to Florida.

- Head west on I-10 till you get to Alabama.

- Head north on I-65 till you get to Birmingham.

- Head East on I-59 till you get to Tennessee.

- Head north on I-75 and continue your journey without having to deal with Atlanta traffic!

iansane
iansane HalfDork
11/18/21 2:35 p.m.

DO NOT STOP IN THE ROAD.

jharry3
jharry3 GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/18/21 2:45 p.m.

My home town is River Ridge, La.  Its right next to New Orleans. 

My advice is don't drive in New Orleans.  If the carjackers don't get you the potholes will.   

Nick Comstock
Nick Comstock MegaDork
11/18/21 2:52 p.m.

My hometown of Hamilton,  Ohio

 

1. Don't make eye contact

2. Be vigilant for random druggies stumbling out into traffic at any time of day.

3. If you hear a car backfiring it's actually gunshots,  duck and get the hell out of there. 

4. Stop by Goldstar chili on your way out of town, ignore that garbage ass skyline chili unless you like the garbage people it attracts and having the runs. 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/18/21 2:53 p.m.

Metro Cleveland:

W 25th St never becomes E 25th St

In most cities, if you found yourself on W25th St and you drove in the correct direction long enough, it would eventually become E25th St.  But, not in Metro Cleveland and it's numbering system from the early 1900's...

In central downtown Cleveland the streets are named after the Great Lakes.  One is Ontario Street where the O is also a zero.  So, if you are on W25th St you are 25 blocks west of Ontario St or zero.  There is also a E25th St which is 25 blocks to the east.  This means that W25th is 50 blocks away from E25th.

As this system travels outside the Cleveland City limits, some suburbs adopted the system and some did not so the number system may end and then start back up.  The system extends into the 200's to the west and to the 300's to the east.  

If you were looking for the main entrance to The Cleveland Clinic which is on E95th and you were actually on W95th, you would be 190 blocks away from your intended destination or generally a 20 minute drive away.  

preach (fs)
preach (fs) GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/18/21 2:54 p.m.

Windows up, lock doors, stare straight ahead...

LifeIsStout
LifeIsStout GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/18/21 3:04 p.m.

In Seattle, the Express Lanes are not for HOV only, single occupancy cars can use them if you are going past downtown. They flip NS direction around 12:00PM, (so they are open southbound in the morning, northbound after noon).  They also don't last long enough, but they are better than nothing.

 

We also have a stretch of HOV heading out East (on the toll bridge, 520) that is for 3+ occupants, not 2 like everywhere else in the entire city, for the span of about 5 miles. If you don't know it's an easy place to pick up a ticket.

 

Also, since Seattle is surrounded by water, you have to plan for bridges, and that means bottlenecks.  2 miles away can take 30 minutes.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
11/18/21 3:10 p.m.

Don't blink or you'll miss it.  smiley  It's a pretty small town.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/18/21 3:10 p.m.

North Metro Detroit:

Secret addressing system of Subtract 5, divide by 2

When it first became a city, Detroit was originally laid out as a grid.  As you head north in this grid you eventually come to 5 Mile Road.  One mile farther north you come to 6th Mile Road, etc.  This 6 Mile Road is 6 miles from the city center.  8 Mile Road, made famous by rapper Eminem, is the North Border of the city of Detroit.  This system continues into the northern suburbs all the way to 38 Mile Road.  

Say you’re invited to a graduation at the International Academy of Macomb at 42755 Romeo Plank Rd.

Take the first two numbers of the address (42) and subtract 5 (because the first "mile road" is 5 Mile Road.)
That equals 37. 
Now divide 37 by 2. 
Your magic number is 18.5, which means the school is at approximately 18 1⁄2 Mile Road on Romeo Plank.

 

This was very handy a long time ago but now GPS just takes you there.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/18/21 3:17 p.m.
jharry3 said:

My home town is River Ridge, La.  Its right next to New Orleans. 

My advice is don't drive in New Orleans.  If the carjackers don't get you the potholes will.   

I've spent a lifetime driving the roads of Metro Cleveland and Metro Detroit which both have TERRIBLE roads/pavement and New Orleans is worse than both of them!

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
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11/18/21 3:29 p.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

When I was a young man (1985) some old southern redneck dude commented to my girlfriend/wife and I when I mentioned we liked to go downtown Chicago for events and restaurants.  

"I wouldn't go to Chicago unless I was packing a gun".   

Today I might suggest that.  

Around 87/88 I picked up a couple friends from Pekin & head to one of the towns on the south side of Chicago for a freestyle contest. I don't remember where, but it didn't seem like too sketchy of a place. After it finished every one said they were heading down to the Loop to ride, so of course we wanted to go too. Not having a map, I just aimed towards the Sears Tower & headed off. 

We were in my dad's 79 Chevy 1/2-ton: white with matching topper, aluminum running boards, towing mirrors with matching CB antennas on each one. So you can imagine the surprise to all of us, as well as everyone else standing around, when when made a wrong turn into one of the housing projects. Fortunately there was no drama, but we didn't stick around either. 

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
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11/18/21 3:31 p.m.

The secret of driving my hometown? If you're from out of town & looking for someone just stop at Casey's. They'll know where to find them. 

Oh, and don't speed or run the(single) stoplight if the cop is on duty. 

slantvaliant (Forum Supporter)
slantvaliant (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
11/18/21 3:33 p.m.

Tip 1:  Navigating Lubbock, Texas is pretty easy.  It's laid out on a grid, enclosing a loop, and split by I-27.   Most of the named streets are in alphabetical order, with a couple of cycles.  

"Get on/off the loop" has to be the most common phrase in driving directions here.

The old saying is that you can get anywhere in Lubbock in 15 minutes.  It's still mostly true.

Tip 2:  When opening or closing car doors, actually hold on to them.  Wind can be a problem.  

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
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11/18/21 3:43 p.m.

There's one stop light and 1300 people.

 

I guess....make sure to not run the one stop light?

newrider3
newrider3 HalfDork
11/18/21 3:45 p.m.

Two lane mountain roads have pull-off areas for a reason, even if there are no signs asking you to - please, please pull off if you have even one car on your tail. Especially if you're taking it easy and seeing the sights, but even if you're going the posted limit I guarantee the locals won't be going that slow. 

Related, when there is a rare short third passing lane on these same mountain roads, the big signs that say "KEEP RIGHT - Except To Pass" are there for a reason as well. Please :)

cyow5
cyow5 Reader
11/18/21 3:48 p.m.
John Welsh said:

North Metro Detroit:

Secret addressing system of Subtract 5, divide by 2

When it first became a city, Detroit was originally laid out as a grid.  As you head north in this grid you eventually come to 5 Mile Road.  One mile farther north you come to 6th Mile Road, etc.  This 6 Mile Road is 6 miles from the city center.  8 Mile Road, made famous by rapper Eminem, is the North Border of the city of Detroit.  This system continues into the northern suburbs all the way to 38 Mile Road.  

Say you’re invited to a graduation at the International Academy of Macomb at 42755 Romeo Plank Rd.

Take the first two numbers of the address (42) and subtract 5 (because the first "mile road" is 5 Mile Road.)
That equals 37. 
Now divide 37 by 2. 
Your magic number is 18.5, which means the school is at approximately 18 1⁄2 Mile Road on Romeo Plank.

 

This was very handy a long time ago but now GPS just takes you there.

I just checked with my wife (Macomb native), and it didn't work at least with her grandma's house (also five digits), but all of the north-south roads near her seem to fit. Her house's road is east-west, so maybe those use a different formula?

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/18/21 3:54 p.m.

Tips for getting around Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, use navigation as none of our roads run on a grid and some of them cross over each other at multiple points as they meander through the cities. Hot tip for the out of towners, Weber St. is pronounced Wee-ber, not Web-ber and there is a North, South, West and East as you drive from the mostly West side of Waterloo to the East side of Kitchener, if you're going to an address on that street take note of the which one it is exactly.  Roads also randomly change names as you cross intersections. Have fun, good luck!

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/18/21 3:56 p.m.

In reply to cyow5 :

Only works to tell how far north you have to go of the city.

Only works on North/South Rds 

https://www.hourdetroit.com/development-topics/the-secret-formula-to-metro-detroits-north-south-address-system/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mile_Road_System_(Michigan)

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
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11/18/21 3:57 p.m.

In reply to cyow5 :

correct, it only works to locate an address on a north-south road.  there is no such formula for east-west.

02Pilot
02Pilot UberDork
11/18/21 3:58 p.m.

Just keep driving. Nothing to see here....

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/18/21 4:00 p.m.

Philadelphia:  

East-West streets are named after trees.  North-South streets are numbered.  At least in the center city area - it all goes to hell once you get into the outer regions (North Philly, West Philly, Greater Northeast).

The posted speed limit on I-95 through PA is 55 MPH, however if you do the speed limit you will get run over.  Police (on the rare instance you DO see a speed trap) don't even acknowledge you unless you're going over 70. 

The speed limit on the PA TP is 70. Woe be you if you go slower. 

msterbeau
msterbeau New Reader
11/18/21 4:17 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) :

Truth.  

I will add that if you live in the city itself, double check traffic before proceeding on a green light, watch for cars using the left turn lane as a passing lane, and watch for people closing down highways to do donuts... 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
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11/18/21 4:40 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

My top driving tip for visiting Central Florida?

 

Don't.

I've nothing more to add. 

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
Antihero (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/18/21 5:28 p.m.

Since it's snowing today I'll add this:

 

Slow the berkeley down and buy snow tires too

Tom1200
Tom1200 UltraDork
11/18/21 5:49 p.m.

Vegas - stay off the Strip (Las Vegas Blvd).

Uncle David (Forum Supporter)
Uncle David (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
11/18/21 6:52 p.m.

The name of the big town in the center of Baltimore County is Towson. That's "TAU-sun", not TOE-sun".

The actual speed limit is the posted limit +9, but please don't go ever that slow on I-95.

Cars IN the traffic circle have the right of way. Not cars approaching the traffic circle, or cars leaving the traffic circle, or cars parked near the traffic circle. Don't EVER stop for them. When in doubt, enter the traffic circle. When you're in the traffic circle, YOU have the right of way. Use it.

This isn't PA. Don't stop at the end of an on ramp.

Lane splitting isn't legal here, and I hope you have a Code Brown moment when you try it.

triumph7
triumph7 HalfDork
11/18/21 7:32 p.m.
Nick Comstock said:

My hometown of Hamilton,  Ohio

 

1. Don't make eye contact

2. Be vigilant for random druggies stumbling out into traffic at any time of day.

3. If you hear a car backfiring it's actually gunshots,  duck and get the hell out of there. 

4. Stop by Goldstar chili on your way out of town, ignore that garbage ass skyline chili unless you like the garbage people it attracts and having the runs. 

Also originally from Hamilton... changed a lot since I grew up there.  My advice is don't bother, there's nothing really left there.  Actually, the River's Edge  venue is good for free concerts.  I will disagree on the Skyline though.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
11/18/21 7:35 p.m.

My hometown would be San Antonio.  Do visit the riverwalk and any of the missions (this includes the Alamo).  Leave town.... head to the hill country.  Find the roads nicknamed the "Three Sisters."  Drive the Three Sisters; you're welcome.

 

 

AClockworkGarage
AClockworkGarage Dork
11/18/21 7:46 p.m.

It's just rain. You've seen it before. Get on with it.

You don't have to come to a complete stop to make a right hand turn.

P3PPY
P3PPY GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/18/21 8:54 p.m.

Metro KC: 

The metro is split by the state line. To the East, it's almost all the single big town of Kansas City, MO. To the west, it's lots of smaller, nicer towns on the KS side.

Common phrase there: "but we were in KC so the cops let us go" Kansas side? Not so much. Use your standard + >=5 on the KS side, in KC you've got a little more leeway. The rest of the Missouri towns around the perimeter of KC, MO are also notorious for plucking speeders. I assume it's like that with any big towns tho  

I - to this day - am amazed at the tickets I didn't get when pulled over in KC when I was a teen.

80sFast
80sFast Reader
11/18/21 10:11 p.m.

For the love of god DO NOT STOP AT THE FLASHING ORANGE LIGHT!!! 
 

I live in a small tourist town with one traffic light. One side flashes red and the other side orange. 70% of tourists seems to go brain dead when they get to this light and stop as if they've never encountered a flashing orange before. 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
11/18/21 10:38 p.m.
80sFast said:

as if they've never encountered a flashing orange before. 

I've never seen one either, so I'd at least have to slow down and ponder it...the only traffic signals I've seen had red, yellow and green.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/18/21 10:46 p.m.

It's not the corners where the squeegee kids are that you have to worry about, it's the corners where they AREN'T

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
11/18/21 10:54 p.m.

Couch St is absolutely not pronounced like the furniture. It's pronounced like the much more hilarious part of women's anatomy. 

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
11/18/21 11:24 p.m.

Just forget how to drive completely, and if you're if you need to make a decision, pick the most wrong choice. Everybody else seems to do that, you'll blend right in with the locals.

jgrewe
jgrewe HalfDork
11/19/21 12:59 a.m.

St Petersburg,Fl

Place, Ave. or Terrace goes East/West

Street, Way or Lane goes North/South

If the road has a name, the first letter tells you what number street or Ave it is after. "Burlington Ave" is after 2nd Ave but before 3rd Ave. The pattern continues through the alphabet twice is some places.

Even number addresses on South or West side of the road

Odd on the North or East side of the road.

Avoid cars that  you can only see a hat at the wheel from behind. Almost 1 in 5 drivers in Florida are over 65.

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
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11/19/21 5:01 a.m.
Antihero (Forum Supporter) said:

There's one stop light and 1300 people.

Wow, sounds like we're from the same place. 

car39
car39 Dork
11/19/21 8:00 a.m.

In the Myrtle Beach area, drive with one foot hovering over the brake pedal, especially during the summer.  You're almost guaranteed a senior or a tourist will turn left from the right lane or right from the left lane.  Also, the "OH CRAP" brake lockup was invented here.  Don't worry, there will be another mini golf / restaurant / place to blow your dough on the next block.  Honest.

 

calteg
calteg Dork
11/19/21 8:17 a.m.

Austin

 

Most major highways have a numerical designation and a local name. 1 is mopac, 360 is capital of texas highway, 1st street is Cesar Chavez, 2222 is Koenig on and on and on. Austinites will use the name, not the number, so if you're a wierdo that asks for directions, clarify what highway they're talking about.

While all of the new construction has pretty generous dimensions, the original downtown residential streets are incredibly narrow. Don't drive your F-350 or Excursion downtown if you can help it.

Missing your exit off I-35 suucckkss. You'll likely be driving for 5 miles before you can exit again to turn around (this is true for most of Texas)

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
11/19/21 8:57 a.m.

DC

 

1) Dont Drive

2) Stand Right

3) Walk Left

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
11/19/21 9:22 a.m.

Not my hometown, but I've lived in OKC for 5 years in January. The city is horrifically spread out, depending on the metrics you use, OKC/Jacksonville/Houston are all the largest cities by land area in the country. 

Running red lights is sport here. You can be a few hundred feet from a light, or more, it turn yellow and instead of slowing down here people SLAM ON THE GAS so they are doing 10-20 above the limit as the light turns red before the even hit the intersection. 

So in other words, you really need to wait even longer at green lights to ensure it's clear, which compounds the problem because fewer people get through, so more want to run the light, ad nauseum. 

Of all the places I've driven all over the country, I've never seen so many people run red lights here. And you end up doing it yourself so you don't get rear ended, it's that bad. 

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
11/19/21 10:52 a.m.
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) said:
Colin Wood said:

My top driving tip for visiting Central Florida?

 

Don't.

I've nothing more to add. 

Yeah, came here to post exactly that.

Margie

RevRico
RevRico UltimaDork
11/19/21 10:59 a.m.

Greensburg, PA? 

If it's bright and sunny expect to go 20 under. If it's raining or snowing with no visibility, expect to do 30 over just to keep up.

Those aren't driverless cars, those are surviving members of Abe Lincoln's cabinet, act accordingly. 

 

If you found yourself in Smithton, the new home town, turn around, you clearly missed your exit off of I70 or got off at the wrong turn pike exit. Just go away. 

80sFast
80sFast Reader
11/19/21 11:10 a.m.

In reply to stuart in mn :

Oh, you're one of THOSE people ;-). 

mslevin
mslevin GRM+ Memberand New Reader
11/19/21 11:18 a.m.

Berkeley/Oakland:

Potholes everywhere. I-80 is always backed up from the bridge to Albany, with no good reason. Don't trust that everyone will stop at stop signs (or even red lights). Watch for cyclist and please pass them safely. Google maps will take you on "shortcuts" through neighborhoods that are just as slow, so just stay on the highway. Did I mention the potholes?

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
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11/19/21 11:21 a.m.
thatsnowinnebago said:

Couch St is absolutely not pronounced like the furniture. It's pronounced like the much more hilarious part of women's anatomy. 

Yup.  I lived at 23rd and Couch for quite a lot of my younger days.

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
11/19/21 11:24 a.m.

Couch at 23 is some of the best Couch, at least that's how I remember it! 

RevRico
RevRico UltimaDork
11/19/21 11:34 a.m.
mslevin said:

Berkeley/Oakland:

Potholes everywhere. I-80 is always backed up from the bridge to Albany, with no good reason. Don't trust that everyone will stop at stop signs (or even red lights). Watch for cyclist and please pass them safely. Google maps will take you on "shortcuts" through neighborhoods that are just as slow, so just stay on the highway. Did I mention the potholes?

Do the cyclists still clog both directions of traffic heading one direction every rush hour?

Nick Comstock
Nick Comstock MegaDork
11/19/21 11:34 a.m.
triumph7 said:
Nick Comstock said:

My hometown of Hamilton,  Ohio

 

1. Don't make eye contact

2. Be vigilant for random druggies stumbling out into traffic at any time of day.

3. If you hear a car backfiring it's actually gunshots,  duck and get the hell out of there. 

4. Stop by Goldstar chili on your way out of town, ignore that garbage ass skyline chili unless you like the garbage people it attracts and having the runs. 

Also originally from Hamilton... changed a lot since I grew up there.  My advice is don't bother, there's nothing really left there.  Actually, the River's Edge  venue is good for free concerts.  I will disagree on the Skyline though.

Yeah,  the 90s and 00s were rough on old Hamilton. All the manufacturing disappeared.  Diebold, Mosler, western states and so many other places either moved out of country or simply closed there doors for good. All that's left there is misery, despair and drugs.  I left in 06 and nothing in this world will get me back there. 

And the chili thing was just a dig. You know how it goes with such a polarizing issue wink

Buck Futter
Buck Futter SuperDork
11/19/21 1:59 p.m.

I live in a tourist town. I am frequented with some of the dumbest people I've ever met. Our town does not even have stoplights, and the people that frequents our town are usually from a city that is filled with them. I am in constant shock when I find that these people that come from a city filled with bike lanes, bus lanes, railroads, stoplights, one ways, and every other street sign you can think of, and yet they cannot negotiate a simple two-way stop.

I cannot tell you how many times I've seen somebody not stop at the stop sign at all, or come to a complete stop when there is no stop sign. If your stupid ass can't figure out what a red octagon looks like, I don't want you piloting a 3000 pound missile in my town.

The other hilarious one I encountered was when a young lady pulled along side me along the sidewalk. She asked "do you know how to get to the town of sisters?" (That's the town I used to live in). 

Your kidding me... you missed the gigantic signs everywhere stating "welcome to Sisters"? I somehow managed to contain my rage, and pause while staring intently at this young lady. And the most beautiful answer came to my mind. "Oh you just passed it by about 45 miles, turn around and you'll find it."

45mi back the way she came is on top of a mountain Pass. Good riddance. 

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/19/21 2:23 p.m.

My best advice? Go home. Never come back. 

Whatever amount of money the tourists bring to town, it's not worth it.

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/19/21 6:51 p.m.

Central PA.... Driving 15 in a 35 is not cool.  Driving 40 in a 55 is not cool.  Driving in the left lane while not actively passing is not cool. I also hope they reserve a special spot in Hell for people who stop at the bottom of highway on-ramps.  There might be a 1/2 mile of merge lane, but people will still stop.

 And turn off your berkeleying high beams

mslevin
mslevin GRM+ Memberand New Reader
11/19/21 7:49 p.m.
RevRico said:
mslevin said:

Berkeley/Oakland:

Potholes everywhere. I-80 is always backed up from the bridge to Albany, with no good reason. Don't trust that everyone will stop at stop signs (or even red lights). Watch for cyclist and please pass them safely. Google maps will take you on "shortcuts" through neighborhoods that are just as slow, so just stay on the highway. Did I mention the potholes?

Do the cyclists still clog both directions of traffic heading one direction every rush hour?

Traffic often makes it unsafe to ride a bike around here if that's what you mean. I'm not onboard with the whole "anti cyclist get out of the road vroom vroom here I come in my car" rhetoric. CA law says they can take the lane if necessary, if that makes people mad, then maybe they should get outside more to relax. Perhaps a nice bike ride?

TurnerX19
TurnerX19 UltraDork
11/19/21 9:50 p.m.

Here in Northampton county PA 10 MPH over is a minimum speed. If you want to go slow, go back to New Jersey dammit.

JimS
JimS Reader
11/19/21 11:01 p.m.

Triangle area of NC.  Watch out for red light runners. I grew up in Massachusetts, spent most of my working life in DC area, retired to NC and have never seen people run red lights like they do here. 

Folgers
Folgers New Reader
11/19/21 11:12 p.m.

If your not comfortable going near highway speeds, on the highway or interstate, you probably shouldn’t be on the highways or interstate.

Yes, I realize it’s snowing/raining/windy. This  is Wisconsin that kind of  E36 M3 happens. 

Those deer on the shoulder, are just napping. I don’t know why they like to sleep there, they just do. Don’t worry about it .

Going 35 in a 70, or hitting the brakes every time you look up from your phone is a recipe for an accident for everyone. 

CJ (FS)
CJ (FS) GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/20/21 12:24 a.m.

I live next to Redwood National Park.

Please stop, park, and look at the trees.   Do not drive and try to look at the trees.  If you hit one, Redwood trees are big and do . not . move. Redwood trees can kill you.

We also have herds of Roosevelt Elk.  They are also big - a bull elk can easily weigh more than 1,000 lbs.  Bull elk have large antlers and don't want you petting them, their cows, or their calves.  Bull elk can kill you.

Understand, you are not visiting Disneyland.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
11/20/21 7:34 a.m.

Rome, NY: How the berkeley did you end up here? You must be seriously lost. Get back on 81 or 90 and keep driving.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
11/20/21 9:32 a.m.

The left lane is for CRIME.

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
Antihero (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/20/21 10:45 a.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:
Antihero (Forum Supporter) said:

There's one stop light and 1300 people.

Wow, sounds like we're from the same place. 

Close, but less hurricanes and more snow

fearlesfil
fearlesfil New Reader
11/20/21 11:08 a.m.

Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area: HOV lanes are just the passing lane Mon-Fri 9AM-3PM/ 7PM-6AM and all Sat-Sun. There are signs virtually every mile indicating this. Please enjoy reading them at your leisure, then Get the heck over and stay there !@#$%

triumph7
triumph7 HalfDork
11/20/21 11:51 a.m.
Nick Comstock said:
 

Yeah,  the 90s and 00s were rough on old Hamilton. All the manufacturing disappeared.  Diebold, Mosler, western states and so many other places either moved out of country or simply closed there doors for good. All that's left there is misery, despair and drugs.  I left in 06 and nothing in this world will get me back there. 

And the chili thing was just a dig. You know how it goes with such a polarizing issue wink

Don't forget Champion Papers and a lot of the retailers that were in downtown.  I think they are trying to rejuvenate the place like OTR in Cincy, now a very hip, yuppie area (though you can still get shot there).  I grew up there in the 60s and 70s and when, by chance, I drive through there I recognize nothing.

What turned me off of Gold Star, I went for lunch one time and the stuff was so thick it looked like dog food from a can.  Been there since but it's not preferred.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
11/20/21 8:59 p.m.

In reply to tomtomgt356 (Tommy) :

The only problem with your advice is that to get from Ohio to Fla on I-75, one must go through Atlanta, which is what I believe we're trying to avoid at all costs. Besides that, your advice is spot on......

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
11/20/21 9:07 p.m.

Like all of Portlandia, there's a kernel of truth somewhere in there. Oddly, less so since we got so many people who moved here because of Portlandia...

 

I like my wife's take, which is that drivers here have a certain whimsy about how they approach driving. Though the last couple of years have seen a lot of increase in aggression (which I suspect is true most places).

earlybroncoguy1
earlybroncoguy1 Reader
11/21/21 9:23 a.m.

Austin, North/South:

I-35 through downtown Austin is a parking lot. Always. There is a toll road that bypasses Austin, and I would tell you to take that around, but since that's what I'M doing, you go ahead and stay on I-35 and stay out of my way.

Mopac/Loop 1 (it's not a loop, by the way)  is also a parking lot. It didn't use to be, like maybe 30 years ago, but has been ever since and just getting worse. No, Loop 360 (it's not a loop either, sorry) is not an option - red lights every couple hundred yards. Have fun.

Austin, East/West:

183/Research across the north part of town is busy, but can be used at certain times of the day - traffic/construction/wrecks not withstanding.

Ben White/71/290 (Yes, the same pavement really has all those names, depending on how far east or west you are) Again, can be busy, but usually works to get across the south part of town - just watch for long lines at exit ramps backed up for a mile or more into the right lane(s) at southbound I35 and out towards Loop 360. Expect parking lots westbound out towards Oak Hill and eastbound over 183 out by the airport.

There are ways to get around town and avoid the traffic, but it's knowledge I've learned the hard way through decades of driving in, on, over, around, and through Austin, I'll be damned if I'll share it and ruin my shortcuts.

Basically, if you're visiting Austin, and plan on driving in - don't. We have an airport, use it. Don't rent a car. Whatever hotel you're staying at has a shuttle bus service (if it doesn't, you're staying at the wrong hotel) - use it. Come in for a few days, spend your money, go back home. Thanks.  

  

 

 

Buck Futter
Buck Futter SuperDork
11/21/21 10:30 a.m.
Jesse Ransom said:

Like all of Portlandia, there's a kernel of truth somewhere in there. Oddly, less so since we got so many people who moved here because of Portlandia...

 

I like my wife's take, which is that drivers here have a certain whimsy about how they approach driving. Though the last couple of years have seen a lot of increase in aggression (which I suspect is true most places).

It's due to the Californians moving up. They've made the roadways way more aggressive. Old Portland used to be filled with slow moving hippies headed to Powell's books. 

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
Antihero (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
11/21/21 12:57 p.m.

In reply to Buck Futter :

Powell's is awesome

Nick Comstock
Nick Comstock MegaDork
11/21/21 1:22 p.m.
earlybroncoguy1 said:

Austin, North/South:

I-35 through downtown Austin is a parking lot. Always. There is a toll road that bypasses Austin, and I would tell you to take that around, but since that's what I'M doing, you go ahead and stay on I-35 and stay out of my way.

Mopac/Loop 1 (it's not a loop, by the way)  is also a parking lot. It didn't use to be, like maybe 30 years ago, but has been ever since and just getting worse. No, Loop 360 (it's not a loop either, sorry) is not an option - red lights every couple hundred yards. Have fun.

Austin, East/West:

183/Research across the north part of town is busy, but can be used at certain times of the day - traffic/construction/wrecks not withstanding.

Ben White/71/290 (Yes, the same pavement really has all those names, depending on how far east or west you are) Again, can be busy, but usually works to get across the south part of town - just watch for long lines at exit ramps backed up for a mile or more into the right lane(s) at southbound I35 and out towards Loop 360. Expect parking lots westbound out towards Oak Hill and eastbound over 183 out by the airport.

There are ways to get around town and avoid the traffic, but it's knowledge I've learned the hard way through decades of driving in, on, over, around, and through Austin, I'll be damned if I'll share it and ruin my shortcuts.

Basically, if you're visiting Austin, and plan on driving in - don't. We have an airport, use it. Don't rent a car. Whatever hotel you're staying at has a shuttle bus service (if it doesn't, you're staying at the wrong hotel) - use it. Come in for a few days, spend your money, go back home. Thanks.  

  

 

 

Can confirm.  Don't drive in Austin. 

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