General Tips

Avoid Distractions

Don’t use the phone when driving, even with hands free. It’s too distracting in California. If you’re on a deserted area or somewhere that’s less populated, it’s easier to do. Train your friends, family members, spouses to not expect to reach you 24/7. Sometimes they have to wait or leave a message. Can we all do this? Not really, but let’s try.

Never Text while driving – Unless stopped at a stoplight. But it’s still illegal then I think.

Don’t Fight – Don’t get into augments with your passenger while driving. This often causes accidents. Pull over or put the fight on hold.

Kids – Kids are a huge distraction. Train them to behave or pull over or somehow ignore them.

Pay Attention – I see this when riding with women. When most guys are driving, everyone is looking outside and paying attention and comment on the drive, cars etc. When you’re in a car with many women the front windshield is like a TV channel running a show in the background as you sit around the living room (car) entertaining yourself. Maybe that would work if the car was on auto pilot in the year 2050 but today you’re driving the car. Driving isn’t as passive act. You’re not riding a horse as it takes you for a ride going where it wants to go. The action is happening outside not inside the car with the people, phone, food, etc. Hey did you know there’s a world out there and you’re driving in it? That’s why one of the greatest enemies is Minivan Mom. Pay attention to what you’re doing. It’s better for you and your family if you don’t crash your car or kill your family instead of trying to entertain people in the car or on the phone.

Upkeep – Keep your car in the best shape possible.

  • Security: Get an alarm or a good club. I have a club that fits over the clutch to prevent theft. The clubs over the steering wheel don’t work, don’t buy them.
  • Get repairs made to your car when things go wrong. Don’t put them off.
  • Have your brakes checked when you go in for repairs. Replace the pads as needed. Braking is something you do every time you drive and you want to always be able to brake. (if brakes fail: use emergency brake or downshift with your car and use the engine to slow you down).
  • Watch your tires. Rotate them every 3,000 miles and if they start to go bad, replace them. Sure it sucks replacing tires and it feels like you should ride them until they go bad. But “there’s a lot riding on your tires.” You can put your life or your car on the line over being cheap over tires. California people are lazy about tires and they suffer by lots of crashes whenever it rains.
  • avoid bumper stickers – They just piss people off or make cops target you. They’re funny but it’s not worth the hassle. Some people will key your car over your bumper stickers. Typically the people you see with those stickers are those who really don’t care about tickets or people f-ing with them or their car.

Slower Traffic Keep Right – If you see someone coming up faster behind you, signal, and change lanes to the right to let them by. You can go back after they pass if you are the 2nd fastest out there.

Turning Right – Signal before you turn but don’t do it way too early. If you do it too early people will assume you’re never turning and go around you or create some sort of accident. When you turn right, hug the curb as close as you can (without going into the gutter) so that people can go around you on the left side without slowing down.

Entering the Freeway – Punch it (slam the gas). Get going as fast as you can before you enter at least 60-70+ mph depending on how fast the other cars are going. Look back and left and see and judge what speed other cars are going.

Exiting the Freeway – Try to plan it so you’re not changing lanes at the last second. If you’re about to miss your turn, don’t kill yourself and others trying to make an exit. Just head to the next exit and do a U-TURN or whatever. I keep seeing people doing some insane 5 lane change, drive down the middle area and nearly crash into the barrels to make the exit. Stupid idiots!

Turns – Signal unless you think someone will block you by signally. Always look behind you left or right to make sure it’s clear. Keep in mind your car’s blind spot. Every so often cars get lost in there. Be sure to also check your side mirrors in addition to turning your neck. Do this EVERY time, even, when you assume no one is there. Because sometimes cars sneak in there.

Parking – Never take up more than one space. Try to park in the middle of the spot so that someone parking next to you will not have a hard time getting in or out of their car. (They’ll key you). Stay out of handicap spots unless you plan on staying in your car to wait and there are other handicap spots open for a handicapper to park. Never park on red curbs or in front of a fire hydrant. Unless there’s some special case at your apartments or something. I used to have to park in red curbs to load/unload. -Park away from other cars to reduce/avoid dents.

Bad Car Ride – If you ride with someone and they totally suck at driving, don’t drive with them again. Or another thing you can try is offering to drive in your car or drive instead. Don’t risk your life on the crappy driving of another person.

Intersections – Don’t gets stuck in an intersection being the only car that’s blocking a lane. Wait until there’s time to fit in first.

Stop Lights

  • Figure out how long the yellow lights run. In my town it’s 5 seconds. In other towns they’re all 3 seconds. Once you know, you can take a lot of yellow lights if you know you have enough time.
  • If you’re first in line at a red light make sure you pay attention and go when it’s green. It’s super annoying to see people pass you to get first at the light then sit there forever when the light turns green. -Honking: California people almost never honk, but I honk if the person at the light doesn’t go in like 5-10 seconds.
  • If you’re in a left turn lane, immediately go when the light goes green. Don’t delay. With almost all lights, if you delay at all, the people behind you get a red light and miss their turn for 3-5 minutes. Don’t be a dumb asshole that screws over people behind you with your incompetence.
  • Light just changed. If the light just changed to green, make sure you scan both directions before crossing the intersection. I see people run red lights, I see people try to make the light. My family was going to make a left turn with the van and someone ran a light. If they hadn’t checked they would have had someone plow into them at 60 mph running the light. A year or so back a light turned green and I went through it at 50 mph. The cars on the left and right lanes were stopped and I went by them in the middle. But unbeknownst to me a big group of people were crossing the street and they totally missed the crosswalk/light. I didn’t see them because they were right at the divider between the road directions, and were in front of the car stopped at the lane to the left of me. So I go down the middle lane at 50 mph cuz I had a green light and skimmed them all. I nearly plowed down 5 people if I would have been a bit later. I learned a lot from that. I don’t know what the law says but it seems like they were in the wrong but that wouldn’t have mattered had I plowed them all over. From then on, I slow down at recently green lights until I know for sure the crosswalk is clear.

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    • Englishman on:
      I'm a Brit and I've been saying this for years, now I find a whole website devoted to the subject. I feel vindicated! Having driven quite a lot of miles on the roads of about 28 US states, the moment you get into California everything changes! Anything goes on the roads there, you have to adopt a completely different style of driving just to accommodate their sheer lunacy! It's probably the stress of living in a sate where everyone likes to think they're a hippy when most of them are just a bunch of wage-slaves on the corporate merry-go-round!
    • Cam on:
      I was born in Washington. WSP. I lived near Shelton. Near their police academy. They use Highland road to practice on speeders. They lowered the speed limit on the road to write tickets. If California is too lenient Washington is too strict. We moved to California. A much better place to live and drive. Washington is full of vindictive drivers. California is not. If you live in California do as the Romans. We adapted it works.
    • Zach on:
      I kinda feel like part of the reason California drivers suck is because they are in such a rush to get where there going they put other people at risk by doing a bunch of risky manouvers. So the guy in the vans an idiot, you know intentionally cutting him off close isn't going to make him not do that shit anymore. If people just learned to let shit go traffick would go faster because there would be less accidents.
    • NoLoveForCali on:
      Agreed. Freaking idiots.
    • NoLoveForCali on:
      I wish they would leave TX, too. Jerks.
    • Auchoo on:
      I know some very sweet people who drive like they just got behind the wheel, or as if they don't understand the laws of motion. I also know some very stressed people who drive like fools. I likely drive too fast at times, but I don't tailgate or weave or cut people off. I go with the general flow of traffic. I get angry when speed demons drive in the slow lanes and when slugs drive in the fast lane. Why? They're creating a perfect storm for accidents. We have no CHP. Or it seems that way. I can drive for months, for hundreds, thousands of miles, and NEVER see a CHP. Assanine law makers REFUSE to send us the money to hire more CHP. It's been an issue for decades. As the bureaucrats allow more illegals and unskilled drivers to drive on our roads and highways, and fail to deal with those who text and drive, and fail to police our hwys, we will continue to have sucky, dangerous roads, and people will continue to be killed on the hwy. Want change? Vote out the current law makers. The are blind bats.
    • dresden on:
      If you want to go slow. Law states slow traffic to move to the right. No one owns the road. Also be mindful some people may have emergencies like a pregnancy.
    • dresden on:
      So you admit you turn in front of people going the speed limit and force them to slow down? Sounds like your just another control freak who just has to mess with traffic. I haven't seen you cite any creative ideas to help everyone win. Here's an idea to help. Wait until its reasonably clear before you pull in front of people as tye dmv book states in many states. I even cited above a law too. You haven't cited anytbing. Sounds like your also a problem too. Demon speeders and control freaks who want to pull in front of people and stay in the left most lane for "freeway changes". You know they usually have a few lanes for you to be in (if you read the arrows on the sign) and there are usually two or three. So you can still pick a right slower lane even for freeway changes. So I think your just making excuses like a typical Californian to just mess with people and justify it. Your just as much a bully and just as much ignorant of the law. I am not siding with the author, but I also think you help continue to problems. I hope that on day when you have an emergency that someone goes slow in front of you and just holds you up so hopefully on the off chance you may gain self awareness that there's more than just you in the world. Selfishness has little to no value in society. Which means selfish boisterous and rude people like you are a cancer to society.
    • dresden on:
      Remember that when you have an emergency that involves a family members life. Or when someone fails to yeild and holds up the ambulance. I Can't wait till I move to Idaho (they don't drive fast there), because they follow proper lane laws. If you think you own the road because because r vindicated in your opinion that your driving slower than the speed limit. Your no better than the demon speeders and your judgement is not only a futile double standard argument, it's also just as disrespectful to others just as much as driving like a dope fuel dragster jerk. So get see self awareness or just expect people like me to just challenge the weak foundation of your self righteousness with grandiose feeling of highfalutin narcissistic and just as selfish thinking. Make your freeway change and afterwords get over to the slow lane where the law states you belong. Dmv book, read it son.
    • dresden on:
      I was born and raised in Cali, and have moved to and from Cali. Served my country and went to Korea (2014), no thanks needed. Before I lived in Idaho I enjoyed Cali (due to the tropical area we lived). After I came back to Cali, I just don't get it anymore. As a native, I wonder how they learned these balehaviours and how I missed them. Every time we drive we always have to drive defensively. Is there something in the water? Is it cause they are spoiled and pampered princesses? Quite a few of you hit the nail on the head. Do me a favor, spread the word about this. Perhaps years and years f a propeganda campaign on poor Cali driving may help brainwash them to want to change it to fight the offensive label. Use social media to politicize it until they are tired of hearing it and change. Usually if you label a group of people, they fight to change it. Look at every race in history and their struggles.

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    I’ve driven in California since 1991. I’ve spent many trips running up and down the state as well as driving in many other states. After all of this driving, I became fed up with how bad California drivers on. I wanted to point out what they do to either help change a few drivers or at least entertain the rest of the world with Californian’s horrible driving.

    I’m located in Orange County in a couple of the richest areas. I see every type of car that is out there in this area. It’s like a car show. Going to a car show isn’t exciting anymore because you see most of the cars driving around anyway. I also work at a place where people buy all the different types of cars. We have Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Lotus, etc. So you can even see a lot of the cars in the work parking lot.

    Disclaimer: You’re on your own with these tips. They are not the official law and in no way represent what you should be doing should a cop pull you over.

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