My old lady complaints

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.

  • mcm

    I think it’s important to note that it may not necessarily be that LA drivers are good at stopping for people in crosswalks so much that Chicago drivers are particularly bad about it. It’s one of the things I regularly find myself missing about Boston. And it’s been 6 years since I lived there.

  •  Josh Barry

    You know people don’t use their turn signal because once you do everyone speeds up to keep you from changing lanes. So you have to do the ninja lane change. Not so bad in Austin but Dallas, LA and Houston are terrible about this.