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Old 08-25-08, 11:34 AM   #1
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Driving in San Diego

I'm from Los Angeles and I was in San Diego over the weekend. Come to notice that out of 10 or so cars making a left turn only 2 cars signaled (plus me). Shortly after my observation, my attempt to merge into the right lane for a freeway on ramp (while signaling, of course) was an encounter with 2 pedal to the metal drivers closing the gap. I've come to conclusion that in San Diego, signaling doesnt work and its a battlefield for road space.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:08 PM   #2
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I'm surprised, especially if you have something on your vehicle that identifies you as a Los Angeles resident. The general concensus here is that all LA people are armed gang members. Are you sure that the drivers you encountered weren't simply trying to run from you?
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Old 08-25-08, 12:15 PM   #3
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I do encounter the pedal to the metal type on freeway entrance lane merges, but very occasionally. As for signaling, I find that don't signal in turn-only lanes.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:32 PM   #4
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everytime I go to OC or SD, I notice the drivers are super aggressive compared to LA. It surprises me too.
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can you say "Tijuana Survival Tactics" ?!?

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If you come driving down here in San Diego, you better be prepared to do battle!
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I'm from Los Angeles and I was in San Diego over the weekend. Come to notice that out of 10 or so cars making a left turn only 2 cars signaled (plus me). Shortly after my observation, my attempt to merge into the right lane for a freeway on ramp (while signaling, of course) was an encounter with 2 pedal to the metal drivers closing the gap. I've come to conclusion that in San Diego, signaling doesnt work and its a battlefield for road space.
It took me some time to get used to it too. Changing lanes on freeways or turning without signals is so San Diego. I guess locals are very laid back or just too lazy to use the turning lights. Maybe they are just too busy eating or talking on the phone.
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I figure people who don't signal think they're saving electricity.

Then there's the bumper sticker that says something like: "Forget world peace; let's just work on the idea of using turn signals!"
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Are we really that bad? I've lived here my whole life, and I see some stuff, but it just seems normal to me. It's not like that everywhere?
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Well, I came from Toronto and it's like heaven driving here in SD. Although in TO, people do use their signaling lights more.

It's quite annoying when people don't use turn signals especially on local streets. E.g. waiting awhile for a car to pass, then turns out it turn onto a side street where you would not have needed to wait for it in the first place if the driver had signaled.
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Well, the CA DMV Driver's Handbook (I think I'm the only who read it) says even if someone has a turn signal on, wait until they initiate the turn before pulling out. This is just in case they left the signal on as an accident, and are intending to go straight. I always wait, signal or not.
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Old 08-27-08, 02:05 PM   #12
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Hmmm SD worse in that regard to LA? Been here much? I remember living in LA and it had it's own brand of hellish driving nightmare (besides the traffic congestion...), and that was in the 80's...
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Old 08-27-08, 02:40 PM   #13
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You're from LA and you're not used to this? I deal with this on a daily basis on the 405...
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Old 08-27-08, 05:28 PM   #14
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I've lived in SD most of my life. Drivers here are getting worse. When I was learning to drive in the early 80s, there was so much less traffic, and people were generally more relaxed. Now, especially on the freeways, it's like something out of Mad Max. I only drive a car when I have to (when I have the kids, or a meeting that requires me to wear a suit). Otherwise, I am on my bike, or my motorcycle. Being on two wheels gives you a whole new perspective of just how crappy the drivers are here. I do travel to L.A. a fair bit, and while the traffic is worse, I would have to agree that the drivers are a bit more considerate, and certainly follow the 'rules' more closely.
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Old 09-09-08, 10:52 PM   #15
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Yea Driving down here in SD sucks.
Pretty much be ready to do battle. If you use your Turn Signal then chances are someone is gonna speed up and not allow you to merge. I am so glad I do not drive hardly ever. Riding a bike is the way to go.
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If you use your Turn Signal then chances are someone is gonna speed up and not allow you to merge.
this is the main reason that, in traffic, i never use my signal. i never use it when i am waiting in a left turn lane and i seldomly use it on the freeway. what's the big deal?
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Hmmm SD worse in that regard to LA?
I would say yes, but not by much.
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Old 09-10-08, 02:59 PM   #18
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I'd have to agree and say that SD traffic/drivers that I have encountered are horrible. I live and work in Los Angeles too and I've never had so many issues with traffic as I do down there. It's by far what I dread the most when down that way. I'm a 24,000 mile a year driver (double the average) because of the nature of my job, so I've seen my share of it over the past 5 years.
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Old 09-10-08, 04:31 PM   #19
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I'm always shocked when I hear people from LA complain about the drivers everywhere. LA is the land of the 55 mph in the fast lane drivers who then punch it when you go to pass, the non-licensed, non-insured, non-documented individuals who drive 50 mph at all times (in cars that are obviously only safe under 30 mph), and those who think that, if you just saw an accident, or if it's sprinkling, the speed limit goes down to 45 mph.
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