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January 31, 2018


Kathy Lynn Emerson

Thanks for the laugh. Elaine. When I was growing up in NY State, New Jersey drivers were the worst. In Maine we have no complaints about our neighbors from New Hampshire on the south and on the west but drivers from Massachusetts--lets just say the "affectionate" nickname for them is Massholes.

Elaine Viets

LOL. Love that term. They must really tick off Mainers, who strike me as a pretty laid-back group.

Karen in Ohio

Honestly, there is so much movement of people around the country, I don't know how it's possible to generalize with any accuracy.

I've driven in forty-nine states, including around Miami, and can honestly say almost no one drives consistently well. The one difference I've noticed in Florida is that so many of the roads are the only way to get anywhere, and there are a LOT of people (outside Miami) who can't seem to drive the speed limit.

Cathy M

I remember an old Dave Barry column that said that people in Florida follow the rules of the road of their country of origin and drive like they did back home. For 24 years I commuted from my home in west Broward county to Miami International Airport down I75 and the Palmetto. I always told people I didn't need to go bungee jumping or skydiving - I got my thrills driving to work. Florida - it's not just home, it's an adventure.

Elaine Viets

You got that, Karen. If you drive the speed limit on the highway, you risk getting run down.

Storyteller Mary

Here in St. Charles, MO, I have friends afraid to "cross the river" into St. Louis County, and relatives unwilling to drive "across the river" to St. Charles. I keep trying to explain that the bridges are for everyone . . .
Missing street signs reminded me of a visit to Czechoslovakia, soon after the Prague spring. I remarked on the fresh new street signs and a friend explained that the signs had all been painted over to confuse the Russian forces. Might need to remember that.
Coming home from ETSU after a storytelling workshop, with my mother along for company, we were flummoxed by no signs for freeway entrances (some work being done). There was too much traffic to stop to ask, so I just picked one, drove until a highway marker confirmed it was east, not west, exited and re-entered going west. There's always a way . . . not lost, exploring.

Elaine Viets

You drove the Palmetto daily-- and lived to talk about it? I am awed, Cathy. The Palmetto Expressway is terrifying.

Elaine Viets

Not lost, exploring. This will be my new driving mantra, Mary.

Alan P.

I have never really had an issue with Illinois drivers. And my fellow St. Louisians should take care with that talk. I know a number of people whose cars say Illinois but their home address is in Missouri. You can save on taxes that way.

I also know people who rarely go to the "East side" a growing term for St. Louis County by those who live in St. Charles.

Alan P.

I drive about 22,000 miles a year. Driving skill is definitely going down. Distracted driving, playing 'bob n weave' on the highway, DWI are all playing their part.

It is why I put in a dashcam. Now I don't have the time to edit what I film.

This morning's winner: A tan pickup weaving down I-270 South above 75mph. Minutes after he passed me, he managed to be three car lengths ahead of me at the I-44 exit. He may have shaved 30 seconds off his commute.

Elaine Viets

A dashcam would scare the heck out of me, Alan, but I can see where it would be necessary.
Had no idea St. Louisans were registering their cars in Illinois. How do they explain that if they get caught?

Alan P.

On paper the car is "their uncle's". I knew someone who drove for three years on expired Kentucky plates. An officer friend "suggested" he get caught up soon.

This is my favorite. The Tesla has vanity plates. The Ballwin PD has an active Twitter feed. I posted it and tagged them. Then they went to talk with Dr. Tushy.


Elaine Viets

That's an amazing video, Alan. As a cop told me -- cameras are everywhere.


When I grew up in Northern CA, Southern CA drivers were the worst. Now that I live down here, it's the other way around.

I think it's more what you are used to and what everyone else does that is the issue over whether some area is actually a worse driver than others. If everyone behaves the same way, it's one thing. But throw in the one person who acts differently, and you suddenly have a complication.

Elaine Viets

"I think it's more what you are used to and what everyone else does that is the issue over whether some area is actually a worse driver than others."
I like that, Mark. And we can get used to the new situation quickly, too.

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