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The 4 Most Annoying Things D.C. Drivers Encounter on the Road

Commuting in our nation's capital is not for the faint of heart or for the "easily annoyed."

by
Becky Graebner

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May 17, 2013 - 9:00 am

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2. Rogue Taxis

In most cities, the taxis are the “craziest” drivers–weaving, speeding, running reds, and almost whacking pedestrians as they shuttle people through back-roads to their destinations. However, in fast-paced D.C., taxis seem to be both the slowest cars and most confused drivers on the road. They tend to make their own lanes, or sit in two at the same time, and usually block traffic by going 10 miles under the speed limit. Most taxi drivers I’ve encountered have a very basic understanding of D.C. streets and usually end up getting lost. I’ve also had a few drive the WRONG way down one-ways…

3. Bikes with Identity Crises

Are you a bike or are you a pedestrian? Bikes in D.C. can’t seem to make up their mind — or maybe they like causing mass confusion when they enter intersections against the light… or disobey traffic laws… or swerve into cars… or listen to their iPods at full blast and ignore everything around them. NEWSFLASH: just because you are on a bike does not mean you are above the law. Drivers shouldn’t have to try to conduct a full behavioral analysis in five seconds when encountered with bikers — it’s dangerous. My usual maneuver is to give them as much room as possible… aka enough to make a B-52 bomber feel comfortable.

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Sorry, these are silly complaints: liberals refer to the museums and monuments as "free", but they're prepaid, as noted earlier. US citizens have been paying for those "free" museums and monuments for decades.

And, protests are just part of what you get: Florida has gators and hurricanes, California and Alaska have earthquakes, Alabama and Oklahoma have tornados, and DC has terrorism, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and crazy guys in tractors in the Reflecting Pool. It's part of the Bill of Rights, ya know?
1 year ago
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While in DC a while ago, Wifey and I used the tour buses, parked at Arlington to catch/leave them, and saw/went/did all we wanted.
But, all the time I was there, I just had to pity the locals and the absolutely atrocious driving that is seemingly standard issue, thereabouts.
[BTW I am from Detroit and I know what atrocious driving looks and feels like...]
You ever see The Pentagon empty-out @ 5 pm ? We spun a 'You-ie', against at least three signs and were glad of it. The Vandal Horde had nothing on what we saw.
1 year ago
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We have problems like that here, but on county roads. I say, if you want to ride a bike, go to China.
1 year ago
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Or live in a foreign country and hope Obama does not come to visit and shut EVERYTHING down.
1 year ago
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yes..traffic SUCKS in most big cities? What is the purpose of this article? Why do you live in DC? job, family, friends, etc.. All, I see here is another 20 nothing, entitled me generation person bitching about nothing..Move the hell out if it is such a "burden" to you..
1 year ago
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DC is actually a very neighborhood-oriented town.
1 year ago
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Just go anywhere in Florida during tourist season (well, non-tourist season is mid September until the week before Thanksgiving, and maybe a couple weeks in early May.) Tourists in rentals cars, some from places with "relaxed" traffic laws, all trying to see Mickey. Good times.
1 year ago
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I thought it would be:

1) Lying Democrat Retards
2) Liberal Morons
3) Regressive Leftists
4) Skum bag corrupt commie Cabinet members
1 year ago
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Actually, now that the number of Kennedys in office is down the roads around DC are a bit safer. The number one threat when crossing the street is Biden's motorcade (4 accidents so far). The former Sec of Commerce who hit a few cars in CA a while back is out of office too.
1 year ago
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I lived a mile from the White House and was driving to a restaurant a half mile from the White House when I was boxed in by the Xmas tree lighting for 45 minutes. Good times.

My worst memories of DC were of Mercedes and BMW drivers. They own the rode don't you know, you need to get out of their way. Here in Texas, it's the oversized pick up trucks who own the road.
1 year ago
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Tourists ON the Metro in DC!
1) Not standing to the right on the escalators
2) Crowding the middle of the platform instead of spreading out
3) dawdling at the open car doors so you end up not getting on

But I have to say this: most of those tourists paid for this city. As a matter of fact, they paid too much for it. They should be allowed to take something home with them, what with all the loot we've stolen from them.
1 year ago
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"1) Not standing to the right on the escalators"

I gather this rule is for the convenience of those for whom the escalator is too slow?

Where I grew up, climbing the escalator like stairs was the worst rudeness.
1 year ago
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Where have you been hiding? Stand to the right, walk on the left has been the rule on escalators and moving sidewalks in America for decades! (I cannot attest to common cutesy rules in other countries.) I have observed and followed this behavior in major cities throughout the US and in all major airports. I've even seen this rule followed in many shopping malls.
1 year ago
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4) The train is not a playground for your kids.
1 year ago
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I lived for many years in Juneau, AK. While downtown has the State capitol and lots of state and federal offices, it is also practically a theme park for the 10-20K tourists a day that as many as five ro six Panamax cruise ships bring from May through September. That's from a third to a half of the population of Juneau. Just like The Mall in DC, herds of tourists blocking traffic, rubber necking, standing in the street to get just the right picture. Cruise ship passengers are commonly referred to as the "newly wed and nearly dead," with there being a lot more of the latter in the Alaska trade. I hope my wife and I never descend to wearing matching jackets!
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