Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Phoenix Driving

Our good friend Tracey sent one of those chain-type emails, but this one was so dead-pan accurate I couldn’t stop laughing.  I’m sharing it below, copied & pasted directly from email.  Original author is unknown.


(but note if you arrived here looking for legitimate information about driving around Greater Phoenix, Arizona, see our posts on the topic, here and here. Or try the AZ Department of Public Safety, or the Motor Vehicle Division of the AZ Department of Transportation. Almost all of the DOT services are available online!)


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“Only someone from the Phoenix area would understand and the really funny thing is that this is all so true!


1. 'Phoenix' actually consists of Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Glendale, Peoria, Tolleson, Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Laveen, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and half of the Mexican border.


2. The morning rush hour is from 6:00 am to 9am.  The evening rush hour is from 3:00pm to 7:00 PM.  Friday's rush hour to Flagstaff starts on Thursday morning.


3. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph.  On Loop 101, your speed is expected to match the highway number.  Anything less is considered 'Wussy'.


4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere.  For example, cars/trucks with the loudest mufflers go first at a four-way stop;  the trucks with the biggest tires go second. However, in the East Valley, SUV-driving, cell phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.


5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended.


6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously.  It's an offense that can get you shot.


7. Road construction is permanent in Phoenix.  Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment during the night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting.


8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, dogs, barrels, cones, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, rabbits, vultures, javelinas, roadrunners, quail, and the coyotes feeding on any of these items.


9. Maricopa Freeway, Papago Freeway and the 'I-10' are the same road.  SR202 is the same road as The Red Mountain FWY, and is the same as the San Tan Freeway. Dunlap and Olive are the same street too. Peoria and Shea are the same street. Mesa Drive and McQueen are the same street. Stapley Road and Cooper are the same street. Apache Blvd. in Tempe is Main Street in Mesa which is Apache Trail in Apache Junction. Also Glendale Ave. becomes Lincoln Drive. Jefferson becomes Washington, but they are not the same street. I-17 is also called The Black Canyon Freeway as well as The Veterans Memorial Highway. The Superstition is also known as US 60. The 101, 202 and 303 remain a large mystery to most of us. It is not yet determined if there is a Red Mountain and a San Tan or just a Red/Tan Mountain Freeway all of which is the Loop 202. The SR51 has recently been renamed to Piestewa Freeway because Squaw Peak Parkway was too easy to pronounce. SR101 is also the Pima FWY except west of I-17 it's the Agua Fria FWY. Lastly, Thunderbird Rd. becomes Cactus Rd. -- but, Cactus Rd. doesn't become Thunderbird Rd. because it dead ends at a mountain.


10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, it has been 'accidentally activated.'


11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55-65 mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be 'flipped off' accordingly. If you return the flip, you'll be shot.


12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands.


13. Please note that there are many, MANY more issues to the phenomenon of driving in Phoenix --like the 4-cars-through-a-red-light rule -- but these will at least get you acquainted with our unique life on the road.


** HOWEVER ***  THE MOST DANGEROUS THING ON THE ROAD ARE OUT OF STATE DRIVERS!!! We "lovingly" refer to them as Snow Birds.”


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Your thinking they should teach this in driver’s ed Realtor,


Chris Butterworth