When I was in the famed Tufts improv group Cheap Sox, we did a game called Chorus of Gripes, which involved getting suggestions from the audience of things that made them mad. Almost without fail, someone would yell “Boston drivers.” I think people universally think the people in their city are the worst drivers out there.
Having lived and driven in 4 cities now, I don’t necessarily think Los Angeles drivers are the worst. Here’s what they are very good at, at least in my month of observation:
-Stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks
-Not running yellow lights if they can help it
-Not getting stuck in the intersection when the light turns red
Here’s what they are terrible at:
-Using turn signals
-Staying in their lane
-Aggressively getting out into the intersection to turn left
I have never honked so much at people for drifting into my lane as I have in the month I’ve been here. Seriously. I’m sure it’s primarily due to technological distractions: cell phones, GPS, and the like. That’s my number one complaint, just because it’s so prevalent.
So everyone thinks their drivers are the worst. But this is the first city I’ve lived in where no one says “If you don’t like the weather, just wait an hour and it’ll change.” I’ll miss that ol’ chestnut.