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14 September 2006 @ 08:59 am
Driving n'at  
Yoi! As if there's anyone in Pittsburgh who doesn't tailgate if the guy in front of them is doing less than ten over the speed limit. And on the Parkway? Shit, how can you avoid tailgating in perpetual bumper-to-bumper traffic?

Other popular rules of Pittsburgh driving include

a) Don't use turn signals- you'll give away your next move!


b) If you're behind someone at a red light, and it turns green, and the guy in front hasn't moved within three seconds, you're entitled to lean on your horn.

Me, I try not to tailgate (and if/when I do, because the guy in front of me is going half the speed limit or something retarded like that, I can at least see his rear bumper, m'kay?) and I use my turn signals for everything. But, I do not abide by someone sitting at a green light with a thumb up his ass. Unfortunately, upstate New York drivers are big pusses who'll tolerate anything. Everyone must see my car and think, "Oh no! It's that Pennsylvanian hosebeast who expects me to pay attention while I'm driving!"


I have a girly-doctor appointment tomorrow, my first in over two years. I'm normally not all that nervous about such things, but after my sister's surgery and cancer scare, I'm a tiny bit nervous. I'm sure I'm fine, but if given the chance to worry about something, my brain will gladly do so. In addition to routine matters, I'm going to ask questions about spawning- what we need to be aware of and such. Because, sometime in the next, oh, hundred years or so, Remy and I are planning on that.

Three more horses and it's an Apocalypse, baby!
mqstout on September 14th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
s/three seconds/one millisecond/
Miusheri: Pittsburghmiusheri on September 14th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
LOL! Some are definitely less forgiving ;)
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policyt3knomanser on September 14th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
s!/! regex rocks !g
Applesapples491 on September 14th, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
Still not as bad a New Jersey. I've been yelled at and flipped off for not hitting the gas as soon as the other direction turned red.

The only time I appreciate a turn signal is when we're cruising along at 65mph and all of a sudden the guy in front of me slamms on his brakes to turn.
Ellie: ORANGE CRUSHellie on September 14th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Turn signals? What are these things? I drive the thruway at 80 mph every day; never use em.

steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on September 14th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
Ohh, here's more Pittsburgh driving rules n'at:

1. Cut people off at any opportunity that presents itself
2. Break-check on I79 when you're going about 75 mph for no reason at all. This is to ensure that everyone driving is fully awake.
3. Slow down (and, should you be so inclined) and come to complete stop before you enter a tunnel. That way, you can make sure that there aren't any Tunnel Monsters waiting to kill you before you enter said tunnel.

Don't worry about the Twat Doc appointment. You'll be fine! You already max'ed your medical issues quota for the year, remember?!
Miusheri: Pittsburghmiusheri on September 14th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
You owe me a new keyboard for Rule #3. Why do people do that?! The Liberty Tubes have traffic lights in front of them on the inbound side, so I understand that at least (even though those traffic lights suck), but why everywhere else??

A corrolary to rule #1: If you're in an exit-only lane, or a lane closed for construction, speed down that lane until the last possible moment, then park until there's room to merge (or force your way) into the next lane over. Half a car length counts as "room."
steelerbabe777steelerbabe777 on September 14th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
I have no clue why people stop before they enter tunnels--one of Pittsburgh's little mysteries! Like you said, Liberty is excuseable because of the light, but there's no excuse for others. I'm convinced it's tunnel monsters that we're unaware of... ;)

Ohh, and you're SO right about the lane-closing cut off. I like to pretend like I don't see those jagoffs when they try and do that. Sorry, jerks, but if I had to wait this long, SO DO YOU! And it's those idiots that bog down the traffic and why we all have to stop in the first place!

Brandonprice on September 14th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Uh, getting in line and sitting in stopped traffic actually causes an increase in traffic. The point where one lane closes is called a merge point for a reason -- you're supposed to merge THERE, not a mile back.

That said, I hate when people wait until the last minute when there isn't a merge point, like southbound on the Ft Pitt bridge. People who dead stop in an open lane because they refused to merge earlier should be shot for impeding the traffic in that lane.
Miusherimiusheri on September 14th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
Preaching to the choir! I personally don't pull that crap and don't abide by it (I don't let the merge-at-the-last-minute or stop-dead-in-that-exit-lane-before-Fort-Pitt people in if I can help it). But you can't deny it isn't a common rule of thumb for drivers in Pgh. However unfortunately. ;)
Ellie: combat bunnyellie on September 14th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about seeing the gyno! At least you're doing something I don't. I just argue with my regular doc about getting a pap, get the pap because I'm a push over and then I get reminded I should see a gyno, especially with my girlie issues and I ignore him.

Whoa, I'm an Upstate Driver. Not a pussy. I don't use turn signals for anything.
Miusherimiusheri on September 14th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
I generalize a lot. Doesn't mean anything. ;)

But turn signals = good! If you're all alone on the highway that's one thing, but otherwise, how else are people supposed to know you want to change lanes or turn or something? Or if Person X is sitting at a T and wants to turn left, and Person Y is coming from the left and doesn't signal that he wants to turn right, X has to assume Y wants to go straight, and misses his opportunity to make his turn.

Ugh, and I freakin' love the people who slide across four lanes simultaneously. With or without signals, that's cocktacular.