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post #1 of 15
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Mark picked me up from work tonight at the Fresh Pond Mall in Cambridge. As we were heading around the traffic circle on terminal road, some guy comes speeding around from the opposite direction, completely out of control. He had NPR blasting at top volume from his radio, and I guess he was "absorbed" in the "content."

Fortunately, Mark has good instincts. He swerved our car up onto the curve, but without using so much force that we would skid.

We did get side swiped pretty badly. Our fender is dented so that the door does not open all the way.

Many people who live in this town have no clue as to how to drive in snowy conditions. Nothing wrong with that, but if they can't drive, they shouldn't! :
post #2 of 15
LM, there are a lot of people in that town that just don't know how to drive...I don't think the snow makes too much of a difference. They are all driving and trying to do 3-4 other things at the same time (paper, map, book, radio, food, cell phone, make-up...just some of the things I've seen them doing in the greater Boston area.

Glad you and Mark are alright!

Right now there are 5 cars stuck on the hill in front of my house. This is typical when ever it snows, I live on a large hill.
post #3 of 15
Glad you're OK.

Driving in Boston defiantely makes you a good driver both offensively and defensively.

Unless you are already a sucky driver.

At least you guys don't live next to Logan Airport where people drive aound your neighborhood looking for the entrance or tunnels.

Have you ever noticed good drivers do not do things while driving even though they could and the people who need to pay attention because they suck at driving to begin with do like 5 things at once.
post #4 of 15
Yeah, this moron wouldn't even turn off NPR while we were exchanging license and insurance info. Flippin' classic Cambridge type with an expensive car (Audi) so self-absorbed in "the struggle" that he thinks he can make a 90-degree turn at 35MPH on 4 inches of fresh unplowed unsanded pow.

The upside is that Audi A4's tend to bounce off of GMC Safaris. At least when it's a glancing blow. Had I not steered somewhat up onto the curb, though, it would have been a diagonal head-on. And GMC Safaris are not known for their passenger and driver protection in frontal collisions.

As it is, since the cops were too busy with the huge number of accidents to come out and take a report on the scene, it's going to come down to his description of the accident against mine. So even though he was 100% at fault, with my luck I'm gonna have to eat the deductable because after the fact there's no exact way to prove that.
post #5 of 15
Glad you are okay. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

Boston is my favorite City in the USA. But its' Drivers? :

When in Boston, I use the "T" or taxi. I avoid driving there, if at all possible. Boston drivers are among the worst I've seen except for possibly NYC. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Sorry, but I had to say it.
post #6 of 15
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As we were heading around the traffic circle on terminal road, some guy comes speeding around from the opposite direction, completely out of control. He had NPR blasting at top volume from his radio, and I guess he was "absorbed" in the "content."
that rotary is great! two weeks ago some lady was driving on the wrong side of the street (even though it's divided vy a grass patch) and entered the rotary by it's exit. All the while talking on her cell phone... The cops were busy given parking tickets probably. Damn, Cambridge! Got a parking ticket last weekend for 1 minute of overtime in metered parking! Still ****ed about it...
post #7 of 15
Listening to NPR, eh? Just goes to show that those damn liberals can't drive.
post #8 of 15
Lostboy- the average Boston drivers (and I used to be one of them) are not nearly as bad as NYC drivers (used to be one of them, too)- they are as bad as the average NYC gypsy cab driver (got hit once by one of them!)!

I know that rotary- it's deadly. Glad you escaped unscathed.
post #9 of 15
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Have you ever noticed good drivers do not do things while driving even though they could and the people who need to pay attention because they suck at driving to begin with do like 5 things at once.
Kind of like skiers!
BTW,I'm a former New Yorker, now in Brookline. Drivers are pretty lousy in both towns. I usually take public transporation, but walking over the bridge from the Fresh Pond Mall to the Alewife Red Line is creepy after 8:30pm.

OK, someone tell me about Summit County drivers!
post #10 of 15
Lisa- they're actually OK. It's the Denver drivers driving in Summit County that are a hazard. There is a pervasive belief here that driving an SUV allows you to avoid the laws of physics.
post #11 of 15
MarkXS - Since nobody else asked, I've got to: WTH is "the struggle" that you mentioned in your previous post?

Tom / PM
post #12 of 15
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Originally posted by Scalce:
Glad you're OK.

Driving in Boston defiantely makes you a good driver both offensively and defensively.

Unless you are already a sucky driver.
...come on Scalce & LM, the best defense is a good offense....I thought everyone in the area knew that [img]tongue.gif[/img]
The late talk host Gerry Williams used to accurately describe Boston's traffic(as well as its pedestrians) as belonging to two camps.....the Quick and the Dead.
post #13 of 15
It's a problem(low skilled drivers)everywhere. Regardless of age or intelligence. Last week while hauling triple trailers(105 feet long)w/hazardous materials(explosives)on board which are placard(signs)on the trailers I was passed by another truck on a blind hill. Unfortunatly for the pickup driver coming the other way. You know I just don't need this kind of crap in my life. My dad use to say "Drivers are a dime a dozen,good ones are two bits each". Good defensive driving Mark.
post #14 of 15
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There is a pervasive belief here that driving an SUV allows you to avoid the laws of physics.
What most people fail to remember is that 4-wheel drive helps you GO, it doesn't help you STOP.

As a Boston native I can attest that the world's worst drivers live here.
post #15 of 15
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Originally posted by WVSkier:
As a Boston native I can attest that the world's worst drivers live here.
I have lived in the suburbs of Washington DC and Boston, and neither set of drivers is anything to brag about. However, I did see a joke regarding this:

Q: Which drivers are the worst, Boston or DC?
A: DC. In Boston, you know that you're to be cut off. In DC, there's that element of doubt.
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