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April 2009



PSA: Driving Etiquette

This is for all of the people who don’t know how to drive!! Forward it to your friends as some people are ignorant to the “rules” of driving. Be a considerate driver and maybe we can improve traffic everywhere!! Feel free to add to this list with a comment to this post or share it with your friends using the share button at the bottom.

1. On a freeway/highwway, the left most lane is known as the fast lane, the right most lane is the slow lane. That means if you are slow, move right! If you are in the left lane and the cars to your right are passing by you…that means you are driving too slow! I thought this is common knowlege, but at least a few days a week I see someone making this mistake.
2. If you are going to talk on the phone (illegally in LA at least) while driving, at least PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR DRIVING! I noticed people who talk on the phone while driving, will drive extremely slow. This also goes for people in conversations with the passengers in their car.
3. You can make a left turn on green lights (also known as unprotected left turns). If the light is green and you are turning left, you are allowed to pull out into the intersection and turn when traffic is free. At the very least, you will be able to turn left when the light changes to yellow/red. I’ve actually seen people wait at the light until they get a green arrow!
4. I also hate when people honk when they don’t really know what’s going on. For example, sometimes I am waiting for pedestrians to cross a crosswalk but the car behind me thinks I’m just sitting there twiddling my thumbs or something. No, I’m not going because I don’t want to hit someone! So before you honk, make sure you actually know the situation.

Carpool specific etiquette (I drive in the carpool lane everyday so I notice these things more than anything):
1. If the non-carpool traffic is driving faster, you are driving too slow. This also defeats the purpose of the carpool lane. Please exit.
2. If there is a long line of cars behind you and nobody in front of you, this is also a signal that you are driving too slow. Please speed up or exit as soon as possible!
3. This is a very odd thing I’ve started to notice, especially on the 405. Many times, the carpool lane has no traffic but the outside lanes do. Whenever the outside lanes start slowing down, I notice the carpool lane will also slow down. FOR NO REASON! I am talking about the first car that has nobody in front of them. If you are in a carpool lane, cars do not go in or out except for specified sections. I have actually seen cars in front of me slow down to match the traffic of the non-carpool lanes. It’s soooo annoying!!

These are just the ones that came to me off the top of my head, feel free to add!


Comment from che
Posted: April 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

haha sounds like road rage… i understand completely but in defense of those guilty of carpool violation #3, i think most of the time people will slow down a little at least because of the fear of people outside the carpool lane suddenly merging into the carpool lane cuz its faster. ive seen it happen and seen a lot of potential accidents.

Comment from yinyang
Posted: April 15, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I hate when people tailgate. if you think you can go faster than me when I’m already going 80mph, then by all means, i’d rather you cut me!

oh yeah, I hate when people NEVER use their turn signals. I.e. when I’m waiting to make a left turn and I see a car coming, I yield…then i find out that the stupid car turns, wtf, turn on your damn signal.

oh even more annoying when people try to shimmy change into my lane without signaling. just signal and i’ll glady let you in, maybe. :)