Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rules for Driving in Chicago

  1. Watch out for the taxis - they are the absolute worst drivers there are
  2. Watch out for the out-of-towners - possibly even worse than the taxi drivers, you know the taxi is going to cut you off but out-of-towners are just plain unpredictable
  3. Watch out for the buses - they'll cut you off too so just stay out of the buss lane
  4. Watch out for the bikers - they're incompetent when it comes to obeying the rules of the road
  5. Know where you're going and how to get there
  6. NO LOLLY-GAGING! Keep up with the traffic in front of you, if you're going to make a turn then TURN. To sum it up in one word: Commit
  7. If you're not in the correct lane to make your turn, don't stop at the intersection and expect someone in the turn lane to let you in while you hold up everyone behind you - go around the block
  8. Watch out for pedestrians
  9. Watch out for bikers II - there are a lot of them, often they have their own lane so give them their space (don't cut them off when making a turn and look before you open your door when parking on the street)
  10. Watch out for potholes - they're deep, jagged, and everywhere
  11. Watch out for people double parked
  12. When turning, get all the way over in the turn lane or to the edge of the street
What have I missed? Feel free to add more rules in the comments.