Surprised by the "good "California drivers - My vacation experience driving in Cali

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  1. DBMW30

    DBMW30 . Intermediate User Premium Member

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    Bottom line up front: California drivers are not as bad as I thought they were......

    Full story: We drove from Colorado, to New Mexico, Arizona, Cali, Oregon and back. Here are my thoughts on the misconceptions and prejudices we might have at times when expressing our opinions and views of things in this world that we "think" we know a lot about but sometimes are sadly mistaken. I know it may rattle some cages here because most might think they are right all of the time :) but, I had a really good eye opening experience with the drivers from California in many areas of the state.

    To give you an idea of the diversity of drivers in Cali that I encountered here area the areas we seen when there in Cali: San Diago (USS Midway), LosAngles (toured the area and stayed in the Queen Mary Boat for a night), San Francisco (visited the golden gate area/bridge), visited various parts of northern Cali in the Red Woods National forests areas and finally Crater-lake in Oregon and back home. So needless to say we traveled most of the state.

    My "before the trip" thoughts and personal experiences of California drivers in Colorado:
    1) Rude
    2) Drive like bats out of hell in areas not suited for it.
    3) won't let you pass or merge.
    4) Tail gate frequently and
    5) LLH's in certain areas of the highway.

    Driving through/in California:
    1) EVERYONE left room between each vehicle on the highway. Cannot recall a tailgater.
    2) I never had an issue merging into highway traffic there like in Colorado, they always let me in.
    3) No one tailgated me, not once that I can remember. They left ample space between me and other cars.
    4) No one drove under the speed limit EXCEPT in busy traffic areas.
    5) Traffic just flowed....like it always moved fluidly....it was so strange to see that things just worked there. No left lane stoppages like here in Colorado for no reason at all ughhh.
    6) When they seen you get close to a vehicle in the right lane they left you merge to the left lane. Never did any car in the left lane close the gap and not let you in.

    All driving was during the work week for what its worth. Im sure its not like this all the time, but it was amazing that I never once experianced an aggressive driver nor seen a rage rage incident like i do in Colorado at least few times daily here driving into Denver and back.

    I have a new respect for California drivers.... Wonder if its the lack of oxygen up here that makes them or all of us a bit crazy here in Colorado....
     
  2. fitz4321

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    One of the plus’s of CA is CHP usually gives a generous speed cushion. In a 65, 75 is pretty safe. Not to say lower speed tickets don’t happen, but when my R3 goes off I drop to about 73 and feel good about it. That General mood carries over to every day driving. People aren’t playing games with each other trying to create rabbits, etc... They just drive. With that being said, heavy traffic commute driving brings out the worst. People start doing dirty moves to get 2 cars up.
     
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    @fitz4321 Yep, 10 over was the sweet spot. But there were times we ALL went 15+ in some areas. My radar detection ranges on the V1 and R1 were really good in Cali and mostly C/O. I was running them both together spaced 18 inches or so apart one on each side of the rear view mirror. Never once did I get a short range surprise even in the few I/O hits I got there was always ample distance to slow down. All of it was KA and 34.7xx. Never once a lidar hit.


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    DominatingDrew It Depends Intermediate User

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    On the other hand, Chicago definitely lives up to it's reputation of aggressive drivers.
     
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    Yep, I agree. I lived in the suburbs out there and it’s a bundle of joy to drive in the city, I55 and LSD.


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  6. wirelessandy

    wirelessandy It's a very exciting time Advanced User Premium Member

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    Oh just wait till it rains here in California. Everyone forgets how to drive.
     
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    We were lucky; Had beautiful sunny weather while there, no rain and just haze from the fires up north.


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    wirelessandy It's a very exciting time Advanced User Premium Member

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    Oh yes; weather has been good... although we REALLY need the rain!
     
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