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Old 01-22-2003, 12:40 AM
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Why do people in bay area drive so slow?

i just came back from the bay area, SF, oakland, davis, tahoe. and everyone there drives 65-70mph when the freeway is wide open. my comfortable speed i always drive at is 80mph.. everytime i goto the bay.. i notice that drivers up there drive alot slower there..
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Old 01-22-2003, 01:43 AM
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People drive faster the closer you get to Mexico.

People in San Diego seriously haul ass.
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Old 01-22-2003, 02:44 AM
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People drive faster the closer you get to Mexico.

People in San Diego seriously haul ass.
To get away from "La 'Migra"?
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Old 01-22-2003, 09:39 AM
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Re: Why do people in bay area drive so slow?

You found people doing 65-70 on the open road in the Bay Area??? How lucky you were.
Wish *I* could find out where they are

I'm sure I could violate all kinds of PC standards and rail against the cultural issues that lend themselves to the situation.
Again, while not 100% accurate, stereotypes exist for a reason.

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i just came back from the bay area, SF, oakland, davis, tahoe. and everyone there drives 65-70mph when the freeway is wide open. my comfortable speed i always drive at is 80mph.. everytime i goto the bay.. i notice that drivers up there drive alot slower there..
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Old 01-22-2003, 09:54 AM
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I find people can be categorized by the cars they drive.

Saturns ALWAYS drive to slow. Volvos Usually drive slow. Most of the Japanese eco-boxes (Camry's, Echo's, Civic's) are driven by the slow.
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:13 AM
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Old 01-22-2003, 10:55 AM
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Re: Why do people in bay area drive so slow?

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i just came back from the bay area, SF, oakland, davis, tahoe. and everyone there drives 65-70mph when the freeway is wide open. my comfortable speed i always drive at is 80mph.. everytime i goto the bay.. i notice that drivers up there drive alot slower there..
There is a "hidden" understanding that the CHP will not look at you harshly if you are doing 70mph. Once you go over that, all bets are off.

I know of some freeways in which people go faster, though.
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Old 01-22-2003, 11:46 AM
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You probably travelled on one of the "slower" freeways. I regularly average 80mph on 280.
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Old 01-22-2003, 12:16 PM
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Depending, of course, on what part of 280 you're driving
South of 92 can be a lot of fun
North of San Bruno Ave heading into the City is another story

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You probably travelled on one of the "slower" freeways. I regularly average 80mph on 280.
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Old 01-22-2003, 01:12 PM
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Depending, of course, on what part of 280 you're driving
South of 92 can be a lot of fun
North of San Bruno Ave heading into the City is another story
I find that drivers in the north bay (Marin north) drive quite different than those in the south bay (South San Francisco south).

Shall I say that the north bay drivers behave they are in the autobahn, while south bay drivers behave as if they are in Mexico city?
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Re: Why do people in bay area drive so slow?

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i just came back from the bay area, SF, oakland, davis, tahoe. and everyone there drives 65-70mph when the freeway is wide open. my comfortable speed i always drive at is 80mph.. everytime i goto the bay.. i notice that drivers up there drive alot slower there..
Quit yer complaining'. It's better than the normal 40-45 in the left lane that you get down here in LA under the same conditions (but you should know that). If I'm lucky, on my daily commute, I'll get about 1 or two minutes when I can get above 60 and only about 30 seconds when I can push it over 70, and that in a 30-45 minute drive. Thanks god for the desert and the weekends!
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Old 01-23-2003, 09:37 AM
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Re: Re: Why do people in bay area drive so slow?

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I'm sure I could violate all kinds of PC standards and rail against the cultural issues that lend themselves to the situation.
Again, while not 100% accurate, stereotypes exist for a reason.
I think I catch your drift. While I agree with you 100%, down here in LA (particularly near the mid-Wilshire & east L.A. areas), there's another situation whose PC standard which I will abstain from violating by going into further detail. However, I will say this........they seriously drive me Effing crazy with their slow driving and cars that emit tons of noxious fumes!
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Old 01-24-2003, 03:30 AM
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People drive faster the closer you get to Mexico.

People in San Diego seriously haul ass.
Funny you mention that.

I believe that my I-5 average speed here in San Diego is a little bit higher than when I was on assignment in Seattle.

Must be the stronger gravitation pull near the equator, I guess.

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Old 01-24-2003, 07:10 PM
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At the slow speeds in the Bay Area, a 316i might be very acceptable and a lot less money, if it were available.
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People in San Diego seriously haul ass.
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