December 20, 2013

Let's talk about driving in Atlanta

If you have ever had to come anywhere near Atlanta or the suburban area during a weekday and especially 5:00, you know that we boarder the gates of hell. Driving in this city can be a absolute nightmare at times. So I've decided to talk about the rules of the road that you should have learned in Driver's Ed and let you know what the person behind you is yelling when he, she, or myself are giving you the middle finger salute.

Let's start with turn signals or blinkers. Blinkers are the most underrated things on cars today besides Bluetooth. I just don't understand why people have such a hard time user time using them. You can take selfies and instagram them while driving, but you can't so much as just give that little turn signal knob a slippy-slappy and let everyone know you're coming in. That being said, if you fail to use your turn signal, the person next to you that used their's has dibs over that break in traffic NOT YOU! If you do proceed into that spot your car is probably too big to fit into anyway, do not, I repeat, DO NOT slam on breaks because you are a sorry, impatient piece of crap and can't wait for a hole big enough for your over-sized SUV to fit into. I'm looking at you mothers of an only child driving a suburbans! 
For those of you gracious enough to use a turn signal, please turn them off once you have gotten to your desired place on the road. There is nothing more frustrating than when I back off to give the car in the next lane over room to move over only to find out it's some grandma to stupid or on her phone to turn the thing off.

If for some reason you are flying into the Atlanta area and you are not renting a car, I pray for you daily. There are no worse drivers on these roads than Taxis and Towncars. If there is any law or unspoken rule about driving, taxi drivers break them daily. I am surprised they are not in more accidents than they are as many times as I've seen them cut across 5 lanes of traffic downtown just to turn around and go back right back to the lane they came from because they didn't realize they needed to be on 75 and not 85. How hard is it guys? You drive this city for a living, you are expected to know where the heck you are, and where you are going. Not to mention they are the worst at my biggest pet peeve of all..

Driving slow in the left lane is an act that should be punished with no less than a near death beating. As I said, Taxi's and towncars are the worst, the third worst offenders are Asians. I just seriously do not understand why people feel the need to drive in the left lane if they cannot even keep up with the flow of traffic. I believe that 40% of our traffic congestion is because of people to oblivious or prideful to move the heck over.

Now my next traffic rant, isn't as relevant anymore, but it still burns me up thinking about it. The number of people who approached the GA 400 Toll Plaza and acted like the beast just snuck up on them is appalling. When you got on the highway, there was a huge sign that said toll. 1 mile before you approached the toll, there was a huge sign that said toll. There was another sign that stated that all peach pass customers keep left, so if you don't have a peach pass.. get over. Just because the peach pass lane was still moving doesn't mean you should stay in it. I can't count the number of times I had to slam on breaks because some Buckhead Betty or Taxi driver was too good to wait their turn in line and would try to go as far as they could in the peach pass lane and cut over in to the tolls. I am surprised my horn will still honk it's been used so many times for that.

However, there is no obstacle more confusing for Atlantan drivers than little drops of precipitation. Even the threat of rain sends this town into complete and utter chaos. True, rain isn't the safest of driving conditions, but slamming on your breaks before you can even distinguish if it is actually rain or the person in front of you cleaning their windshield is completely unnecessary. Am I right, or am I right?! Every single one of you that has driven through Atlanta in the rain knows how "dead stop traffic" is no exaggeration on days like that.

..I could right a post every day on the people that I yell at in my 10 mile commute, I really could. However, I am going to stop with this. Stay tuned for another thrilling edition of "Megan takes on traffic" "Drive or die"


  1. HUGE pet peeve to NOT use a blinker!! Just thinking of it makes me mad lol

  2. And can we talk about people who don't pull up to the car in front of them on the interstate? You don't need to leave five car lengths when you're rolling at 20 mph.

  3. I cannot remember a time when that toll WASN'T there so it's not exactly shocking! lol