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When I lived in Detroit a few years back, I began to notice a pattern of drivers of certain vehicles that always seemed to be the most rude or aggressive drivers on the road- at that time it seemed to be Ford Explorer drivers. They were always on your tail, driving too fast for conditions (frequently ending overturned in ditches), and generally obnoxious and disrespectful of other vehicles around them.

Now I live in southern California- and, hands-down, my observation is that of the drivers of the lowly Toyota Prius that get the prize in my book. Rude and aggressive. Last night I was reminded of this as my wife and I pulled in our car into the alley behind my place (One Way signs), and sure enough there was a Prius barreling down the wrong direction. Being in a kind mood, I backed out into the street to let her pass and give her a break, and sure enough she zoomed right past me without even the consideration of a nod or acknowledgement. Nice.

This is confirmed by a recent episode of the Simpsons where a town with a huge smog problem required its citizens buy Prius's to fix the smog problem... and soon the "smog" was replaced with "smug". Haha- so true!

So, is this a regional car model issue? Or does YMMV?
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Oh, there's too many to count.

But, by far, the nicest drivers I have ever experienced are from Pennsylvania. The must be the best drivers in the nation. They know how to drive and are polite and courteous on the road. I'm speaking of experience from central PA. Everyone waves and nobody is in a big hurry.
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But, by far, the nicest drivers I have ever experienced are from Pennsylvania. The must be the best drivers in the nation. They know how to drive and are polite and courteous on the road. I'm speaking of experience from central PA. Everyone waves and nobody is in a big hurry.
Not wanting to get into an argument, but having lived in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York 'Death Triangle' for 30+ years, I have found quite the opposite, especially since I started riding scooters... (Just my observations)
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If you have a Prius tail gating you, you are most likely driving to slow, they are the slowest drivers around
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WEB i was behind one that was going way over the speed limit. :shock:Cop around the bend motioned for him to pull over and when i went to pull over ( i was right behind him) the cop waved me on. Laughing emoticon My Prius driver gave me a dirty look as i went by him. 8) Guess cops don't like them either. Laughing emoticon
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WEB i was behind one that was going way over the speed limit. :shock:Cop around the bend motioned for him to pull over and when i went to pull over ( i was right behind him) the cop waved me on. Laughing emoticon My Prius driver gave me a dirty look as i went by him. 8) Guess cops don't like them either. Laughing emoticon
That's funny.
Ok, not all but MOST Prius drives go slow

And it may be that they just accelerate too damn slow, it's that damn gauge on the dash showing how much power they are using
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KABarash wrote:
dmpawley wrote:
But, by far, the nicest drivers I have ever experienced are from Pennsylvania. The must be the best drivers in the nation. They know how to drive and are polite and courteous on the road. I'm speaking of experience from central PA. Everyone waves and nobody is in a big hurry.
Not wanting to get into an argument, but having lived in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York 'Death Triangle' for 30+ years, I have found quite the opposite, especially since I started riding scooters... (Just my observations)
I'm sorry that's been your experience. It may have been relative. We're used to DC Metro traffic. Maryland is one of the worst places to drive. Then again, maybe they saw our Maryland plates and thought we were notoriously bad drivers and gave us space.
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When I lived in SoCal, Mitsubishi Eclipse drivers were the worst. They always seemed to be running late everywhere they go and turn signals is an option they failed to get on the car.
Here in East Phoenix -
The "Snow Birds". Those aged folks from the north and further north.
They spend their winters here driving with their focus on buffets and craft stores rather than the road and two wheeled vehicles.
They will cross two lanes if traffic or even better stop in the middle of traffic to turn from a non turning lane.
They also have to drive slower and while pointing to buildings to discuss with their passengers "What happened - where is - it use to be here - remember back when" conversations.

In my truck or on my bike, when is see a plate from the Dakota's, Michigan, Wisconsin, Canada, etc. My "Spidey Sense" goes off.
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WEB-Tech wrote:
... it's that damn gauge on the dash showing how much power they are using
That is funny!

My father-in-law [retired Boeing engineer] loves that gauge.
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Haole wrote:
The "Snow Birds". Those aged folks from the north and further north.
They spend their winters here driving with their focus on buffets and craft stores rather than the road and two wheeled vehicles.
They will cross two lanes if traffic or even better stop in the middle of traffic to turn from a non turning lane.
They also have to drive slower and while pointing to buildings to discuss with their passengers "What happened - where is - it use to be here - remember back when" conversations.
Sounds just like Florida, sure StickyFrog can confirm this
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[quote="Haole"]When I lived in SoCal, Mitsubishi Eclipse drivers were the worst. They always seemed to be running late everywhere they go and turn signals is an option they failed to get on the car.
Here in East Phoenix -
The "Snow Birds". Those aged folks from the north and further north.
They spend their winters here driving with their focus on buffets and craft stores rather than the road and two wheeled vehicles.
They will cross two lanes if traffic or even better stop in the middle of traffic to turn from a non turning lane.
They also have to drive slower and while pointing to buildings to discuss with their passengers "What happened - where is - it use to be here - remember back when" conversations.

In my truck or on my bike, when is see a plate from the Dakota's, Michigan, Wisconsin, Canada, etc. My "Spidey Sense" goes off.[/quote

Maybe since the Eclipse is obsolete they've hopped into the Prius? Around here, Prius's are everywhere- almost all taxis included-and the Prius's seem to accelerate the most aggressively. Interesting sociology study...
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KABarash wrote:
dmpawley wrote:
But, by far, the nicest drivers I have ever experienced are from Pennsylvania. The must be the best drivers in the nation. They know how to drive and are polite and courteous on the road. I'm speaking of experience from central PA. Everyone waves and nobody is in a big hurry.
Not wanting to get into an argument, but having lived in the Harrisburg/Lancaster/York 'Death Triangle' for 30+ years, I have found quite the opposite, especially since I started riding scooters... (Just my observations)
I'm sorry that's been your experience. It may have been relative. We're used to DC Metro traffic. Maryland is one of the worst places to drive. Then again, maybe they saw our Maryland plates and thought we were notoriously bad drivers and gave us space.
I suppose you're right, it's all relative.
I grew up in the New York metro area, Long Island to be specific, yet left there in the late 1970's When I go 'back home' up until recently, I drove a Jeep Wrangler, I sometimes felt I too was given a 'wide berth' as I was sporting Pennsylvania plates.....
Go figure, NY city area drivers are most inconsiderate, impatient & etc most times.
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