Driving in Boston

If anyone here has driven on a motorway in the UK, you will know that for the most part, they are wide, smooth, fast. (I’m not counting the M25 or the M6 here). The drivers, again for the most part, have lane disipline, and will stay to the slow side when they are slow, and use the middle and inside lanes for over taking, before moving back.
So, when I came to Boston, it came as a bit of a suprise that no one has a clue what lane they should be in, including when they have to leave the highway. 45mph drivers will sit in the middle, 80mph drivers will fly down the outside.
This morning I was going to work on Route 93, I was comign up on a slow moving truck, with a car behind it. I was going considerably faster (it was uphill, the truck was struggling), so I was maybe doing 25 – 30 mph more, when the car behind the truck pulled in front of me. As in *right* in front of me. Without any warning or indication. I jumped on my horn and dived over a lane, my tires squeeked (NOT meant to happen at 75mph!).
And she had the cheek to swear and gesture to me.
So, moral for today:
Boston drivers suck.
Visitors to Boston, don’t drive. Get cabs.

4 Comments so far

  1. Skadz (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 4:23 am

    Come on, did you really just figure out Boston drivers are clueless? I have events such as these happen to me daily driving the Pike.
    I’ve always said this and I stick to it. The difference between NY drivers and Boston drivers is NY drivers will cut you off and know if, Boston drivers don’t have a clue that they just cut you off and will be pissed at you for being in their way.


  2. mk (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 4:39 am

    Hmmmm… I had people in England flashing their lights at me on the motorway (I want to say it was the M1 but I could be wrong) when 90 mph clearly wasn’t fast enough for them. But yes, people did seem to stay in their lanes more than they do here.
    I drive on the Pike every day, too, and my exit is Newton Corner. HATE. HATE. Ugh, it has to be one of the worst intersections/exit ramps known to mankind.


  3. thommy saraceno (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 4:55 am

    try riding a bike here, forget getting the middle finger, you can lose your life.


  4. smeg (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 5:01 am

    Skadz: Nope, I’ve know it sicne about a week after getting in a car for the first time, it still never ceases to shock me how bad they can be :D
    MK: If they are going faster than you, and you have space to move over, you can :) Besides, like I say, it’s not a hard fast rule :D
    Thommy: I’d be scared to cycle here, and am amazed by cyclists going through red lights and jumping intersections, as if it wasn’t dangerous enough!



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