I’ve been kinda avoiding making this page, because it may seem like some sort of Nazi page, but it must be made. I have to say what other people won’t.
This is my personal list and it may just be where I live (Southern California) Below is most certainly stereo types, and obviously doesn’t refer to EVERY person of any of the below groups. But they are general trends I’ve noticed when looking at a particular group over all.
#1 – Old People
I seriously doubt anyone has more experience driving with/against old people than I do. I started Driving in Hemet, California. Hemet is made up of 60-80% people over 55. A random survey of people entering a grocery store on the day I moved there was 98/100 of them were old people. I’ve spend years and years
driving around them and I believe I’m qualified to make my judgements.
First, we can’t just say take all the old people off the road. They need to get around too, and buses probably aren’t the best for that. We don’t want to get old and lose our cars just because we become old. But what SHOULD happen is driving should be taken away if people at that age, or any age or not skilled enough to drive safely anymore. Unfortunately this does NOT happen in California, and probably no where else either. On the day of my driving test, I was watching an old lady to the sight test. (The Giant E thing). Even with her glasses on, she couldn’t read past the 2nd line. But did that stop her from getting her license, they said good enough, and let her slide. I couldn’t even believe it. Maybe it’s not like that everywhere but it certainly is that way around me. I see people driving every day that obviously have no clue what’s going on, it’s like they are riding a bronco and they are trying their best to keep control of their car.
Old People drive Erratically
The biggest problem I’ve noticed with old people is you have no idea what they are going to do. They seem to do all these totally unexpected things and that is what makes them the most dangerous drivers in my book.
Old People drive slow
Old people drive slow. Overall, old people drive at incredibly slow speeds (usually right below the speed limit). When you get in front of a slow driver, quite often for me it’s an old person. But once I actually had an Old lady try to Drag race me. I beat her, but she made a nice try, I was impressed 🙂
Old People have really bad situational awareness
Overall I’d say old people seem to have a really bad idea of what is going on around them. It’s like they are doing their own thing and we’re just in an
other world or something. That is why you see them in the fast lane with people flying around them +30 mph their speed, see them entering the freeway at
45 mph. Yet another thing I see them do connected to this, is cut me off via changing lanes or turning onto a road in front of me when I’m driving
really fast (and them slow)
I kid you not, when I used to drive to work in Hemet, all summer. I had an old person try to ram my car at 3-5 times a week. I would have to dodge their car. They would turn in front of me when I was cruising along or cut me off by changing lanes, but it always happened, and it was 98/100 an old
Here is another example, at my Junior High, there was this old lady (well over 90) that drove a Pinto with a roof rack. And she would go around telling people that the roof rack keeps the aliens from landing on her car. She was serious too. They let those people drive?
This isn’t everyone
I’m not saying everyone who is old does these things, but if you were to make a check of all drivers over 55, I believe you would see the majority are more prone to do one or more of these things regularly. That’s just the way it is. Our bodies get old and our reactions get worse, and we aren’t able to do things as well as when we were younger. I mean my dad is 55, but he drives fine.
Old people seem to have different attitudes toward driving that we do. I believe they think the rest of us are a bunch of dangerous drivers or something, and they
are doing right by driving under the speed limit and so on. Legally they would be correct of course, but in practice, forget it.
Just try passing an old person on a two lane road (even when it’s a dotted line) and watch them. I can’t tell you how many times, they flashed their hi-beams at me. They are mad that I passed them. Even tho it was a perfectly legal pass. They seem to think it was dangerous or something. This doesn’t happen every time of course, but the majority of the time people do that to me it’s old people. The counter move to that of course is the braketo the face.
Just comparing Hemet to Irvine, you can see an obvious difference. The minimum speed limit through Irvine is usually 50-55, and people travel 65-80+ through
town, while I rarely see anyone break 50 in Hemet. Old people compared to a majority of younger people.
#2 – Car Phone People
Does this sound familiar? You see a car hogging the fast lane or left lane, go around them, only to find them yacking on their car phone as if
you and everyone didn’t exist? I hate those bitches.
#3 – Gangsters
The next group on my list is gangsters. We are talking talking the Gun carrying gangsters you see on the rap videos. Normally they are not that bad of a group to drive around provided you don’t piss them off. But they are #2, because they are quite often armed, and the littlest thing can set them off. You do not want to screw with these people. Comparing LA, to San Francisco/Oakland gangsters. I’d say I have more problem with Black drivers, as opposed to Mexican drivers (not necessary gangsters). One one Trip to Oakland/San Fran. I had 10 people viciously cut me off, to the point where I had to swerve to avoid them. 5 were female, 5 were male, all 10 were black. No Joke. I rarely seem to have problems with the Mexican gangsters. They usually seem to stick to the middle lanes and leave me alone. I’m not saying I don’t run into problems but it’s rare. But if you see these people, don’t screw with them.
#4 – Hill Billy Rednecks
You know what I’m talking about. All 4 years of my college life, I was living in the country or around it and I got plenty of opportunity to be around the Hill
Billy. The Giant trucks (just short of being semis) with the gun racks.
What I notice with these people is they love driving incredibly slow. It’s like their life is so laid back, they don’t have to be anywhere at any fast pace. I mean it’s not like they are late to the bar. And they get really pissed when you pass them. They also hate being tailgated so I rarely do it. One time I wasn’t even tailgating a guy, just hanging back a ways, and at a stop sign, Billy Joe Bob gets out of his truck and starts yelling at me “back TF off!” Whatever. This is another group I try not to screw with because they may have a gun, and usually they aren’t afraid to fight. For all I know, they are on their way to the bar so they can fight 🙂
The Alternative to these type of people are usually the good old boys in the Amercian Hot rods (Chevy or Fords), but the problem with these people is they are usually just as slow on the roads, but they dust you in town at the lights.
#5 – Cops
Why isn’t cops #1? Cops don’t try to ram you (unless you’re running from them), Cops don’t usually try to shoot at you or beat you up. (if you’re white anyway).
The worst I see out of a cop is a ticket, so they are much lower on the list than those other people. I mean even cops drive faster than old people 🙂
#6 – Zoners
People from Arizona. Man it’s like when they get to California, they have no idea how to deal with real traffic. I’m always yelling: “You damn Zoner!” Welcome to California! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!