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post #31 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-28-2006, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by imon_2nd
Every couple of weeks or so, I find myself at a 4-way stop where the other three drivers all start waving for somebody else to go first. I'm always afraid it will end up like the Steve Martin scene in the movie LA Stories: a 4-way crash in the middle of the intersection.
Right. Coming from Europe to California those 4-way stops made me slowing down for some time. But one thing lately beats it. Following excellent experience with circular traffic in Europe some government boneheads tried to make it working it here. They converted several miniature intersections in my area into circular traffic. Full size car can't make those tight turns and are rubbing the curbs, or plain are driving over the landscaping.
Try to imagine the guy in PowerStroke, who is trying not to loose his wheel on some retaining wall to observe traffic on the circular traffic he never experienced before
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In Belgium most drivers are only thinking about themselves and some would even ennoy other drivers just for fun. Also I think at least 50% of everybody is driving to fast, when you drive 120 where the limit is 90 they are still flashing there lights to say "move over". When you don't put gas in your car fast enough you get beaten up. People park everywhere they like, not thinking about the other traffic that has to pass. Like in bankok, motorcycles drive where they want to drive, but I never saw 4 persons on 1 bike :P ... I could go on with this (maybe an other Belgian on this forum can do this for me ? )

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Originally Posted by amcnair
In Indiana it's common to see people putting on makeup, reading the paper, playing handheld video games, etc. while driving 75 mph on the freeway.

The one I've never been able to figure out is the people who can't leave their precious little furballs at home. I routinely see people driving with a small dog on their lap. How can you possibly control a car with an animal jumping around on you? Is this common in other places?

In New England people do all of this in White-Out Conditions

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