Wear a Seat Belt

In most places it’s illegal to drive without one and you can be fined, but that shouldn’t be your only motivation for using one. There are so many stories where people wearing seat belts survived accidents no one thought possible. There are only a few instances where wearing a seat belt actually hurt people, but not enough to make you not want to wear one. You should also make everyone else in the car wear one whether they want to or not.

Drive with your doors locked

A practice I took up early on is to lock all the doors as soon as you get in. In California, there is a lot of Car Jacking going on. And you don’t want to be the dude that get’s dragged by your head/seatbelt when you get car jacked because you were too lazy to lock your door. Locking your door gives you some notice while the criminal is fumbling on the handle. In that situation I’d probably floor it. I’d bet on the criminal wouldn’t be pissed enough even if armed to start firing right at you through the window. (Not that it’s not possible for that to happen), but it’s a bet I’d be willing to make.

The only annoying thing about this is you go to get out, and you realize it’s still locked. After a while you can train yourself to unlock before exiting the car 🙂

Leave an escape route

Be very very careful to leave yourself an escape route at any stop sign/stop light. You never know when someone will try to car jack you or possibly try to attack you because of the way you drove earlier or something. If you do get yourself mixed up with someone more dangerous than you can handle, you have to leave room so you can floor the car and get TF outta there. It’s not easy to do all the time, but if you can do it. Leave space between you and the other cars, try not to get sandwiched in and so on. This may seem yet another paranoid thing to do, but I think it may pay off someday. Who knows…

Gas Station

I always lock my car as soon as I exit it at the gas station. You never know if someone might try to get inside and steal what meager possessions you have, or try to hide in there, or who knows what. Some people might think that’s paranoid, but too bad for them. I lock the car as soon as I exit (just about any) station, and only unlock it when I’m ready to leave unless someone is with me.

Stay outta the Ghetto Alone!

It’s just common sense to avoid trouble areas alone/at night. I’ve taken big detours around bad areas. There are some spots you do not want to get outta the car if you break down or get stuck in. Living in California, you know what I’m talking about. If at all possible try to get someone to go with you into these trouble spots. Like Beirut man 🙂 And another tip, don’t take any strange exit into the ghetto if you can help it. Anyone see Judgement Night? That wrong turn off the freeway. I’ve made several turns similar to those in my life. Don’t let it happen 🙂

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    • BT on:
      Hey, I'm stuck in CA driving with these idiots all the time. But you can't complain if you're from TX about CA drivers, although it is the only TX place I have been, Houston drivers are just as bad.
    • Dee on:
      Asian Drivers
      Parker must be Asian...."they drives suck"?
    • Rodney Hood on:
      WHY? Because 90% of them are MEXICANS. Majority of them dont have a license and carry fake id. Its their culture thats how they drive.
    • Ophelia on:
      The way I see it, at least in Los Angeles (and San Diego--the other counties of California I've been in have it far less pronounced than these two), a lot of the problems seen on the roads can be attributed to a culture that places great value on speed. Essentially, people in L.A and S.D. are trained from an early age to have their gratification instant, and thus they never learn patience. This is why drivers will speed up to block you when you want to change lanes, this is why tailgating is so rampant, this is why they rarely ever come to a complete stop at stop signs, and this is why there's so much lane-weaving: These are drivers who want to go fast and see slowing down or stopping as an admission of inferiority. For the record, people blocking to stop me when I'm changing lanes is an extremely common occurrence that I figured out a good way to ensure you can get into the lane you need fairly quickly: As long as the traffic is not too congested, just slow down by about 5 miles per hour and get in behind them. The driver trying to block you is doing so either because they're not paying attention, or they cannot stand the thought of someone coming over in front of them. In both cases, they will gladly let you in behind them. (Congestion creates a problem because it means there will be someone else behind them who will think the same thing, and the person behind them likewise, and so forth.) It is an animal instict at work. For most creatures, seeing another creature with their back turned to them indicates the back-turned creature has superior authority. Likewise, a creature taking up a space behind another creature is an act of submission. For some reason, Californian drivers fall to these animal instincts and treat their cars as extensions of themselves. They don't want you getting into their lane in front of them because, subconsciously, they interpret it as you asserting authority over them, but they'll let you in behind them because they see it as you acknowledging their superiority. That's what I think.
    • expectnothing on:
      That's exactly it. It's the attitude of it's ME me me and the whole world doesn't exist besides me.
    • expectnothing on:
      California people tailgate because there's so many damn people, if you didn't, the line of cars would stretch from MEXICO to Oregon. They added 800,000 illegal alien drivers the other year. So that's why. As long as they are not crazy close which I define as you can't even see their headliights behind you. Otherwise, that's how close people drive in RUSH hour. Otherwise, in normal conditions, they're just tailgating and being aholes if it's not rush hour.
    • floyd on:
      Why do Los Angeles driver tailgate, I was coming home on the 60 fwy west bound traffic was almost at a stop and this female person in a infinite climb on my bumper so close I could not see her front plate in my rear view camera I got over then she cut me off and flip me off this was a accident waiting to happen and she ended up on the same off ramp on the 10 fwy west. crazy
    • John Carter on:
      The CORE reason that California drivers have become (Yes! They were once exemplary drivers!) the worst dang drivers in the country; ATTTITUDE! Many people in California have become extremely selfish, arrogant, rude, and just plain INCONSIDERATE. And it shows clearly in the way they drive. It is a "Me, me, me" attitude that explains why they tailgate and drive as fast as their vehicle will go, with no regard to the safety of themselves or others; they steal the legal right-of-way of as many other drivers that they can; and they will never lower their high-beams, no matter whom they blind! I was born and raised in California, and I used to love it. Now I cannot wait to leave!
    • John Carter on:
      It is the result of the pervasive entitlement attitude that has swept over California (I too am a native)! This selfish and inconsiderate attitude reflects clearly in the driving habits of so many people in California.
    • John Carter on:
      You are absolutely correct! I live here (in Calif) and I completely agree and sympathize with you!

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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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