15 Reasons Why Arizona Drivers Are The Most Dangerous Drivers

15 Reasons Why Arizona Drivers Are The Most Dangerous Drivers

Arizona drivers are impatient and their horn is their best friend
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I used to live in California and I never really understood driving until I actually started to drive. I never understood why my mom/dad/boyfriend would get so frustrated at other drivers. . . until I started driving. After that, I completely understood. I used to think that California drivers were pretty bad. I mean, most love to drive fast - and I mean fast - and they always want to think they are the most dominant driver on the road.

However, no California driver compares to the drivers here in Arizona. In fact, of all the states I've been to - Washington, Illinois, Nevada, Washington D.C (not a state), Maryland - there is not any driver that I have seen that compares to how bad Arizona drivers are. Just how bad are Arizona drivers you ask? Well, here we go.

1. They don't use blinkers.

You never know if they are turning or not! You just randomly see them slow down and swing their cars onto the side streets or parking lots. It is completely dangerous.

Even at stop lights/signs, most of them don't use blinkers, so you assume they're going straight and then boom! You're in an accident because you didn't know they were turning.

2. They are always on their phones.

And I really do mean always. I cannot tell you how many times I have almost gotten hit by another car because the driver was on his/her cellphone! Like either pull over or don't answer it, people!

3. They either drive too slow or too fast. No in-between.

Most of the speed limits here in Phoenix are around 40mph. There are drivers that will drive 30 and then there are drivers that will drive 60. On top of not using blinkers, can you imagine what would happen if someone who is going 30 merges into a lane of someone going 60? If you guessed car accident, you'd be right. If you go too fast, you won't have a good reaction time.

4. They always seem to want to race.

Let me tell you, it doesn't matter if I am in my 1996 car or my boyfriend's 2017 car. Arizona drivers always seem to want to race! It is completely dangerous because Phoenix is so crowded! Racing will easily cause an accident but the drivers here don't really seem to care.

5. They hate when people switch lanes.

People here would rather cause an accident than let you merge into their lane. It is completely ridiculous how drivers here will see your blinker and speed up so you can't get in front of them. It always seems like Arizona drivers are in competition with each other.

6. They don't turn on their headlights at night.

I have seen cars in the pitch black of night driving without their lights on. Do Arizona drivers not realize how dangerous that is? Also, how do they not notice their lights aren't on? I've tried to help a few by flashing my lights but drivers here seem to think that flashing lights is insulting so I always get flipped off.

7. They don't slow down for pedestrians in crosswalks.

It doesn't matter if it is a crosswalk like in the gif above or at a stop light, I have seen countless Arizona drivers almost run over pedestrians because they don't want to stop to let them walk. Arizona drivers only think about themselves, not others around them.

8. They run red lights.

This is honestly how most of the car accidents here in Arizona happen. Drivers are stupid and they'll see the yellow light and just press the gas to try to make it! When cars going the opposite direction see the green light, they punch it and end up clipping the person running the red light.

This happens literally once a day here in Phoenix. Sometimes, during my 15-minute drive from home to school, I'll see this happen twice. Not a good thing.

9. The semi's drive faster than the cars.


Semi trucks by themselves are already dangerous because they never stay in the slow lane so they always cause traffic, but the fact that I have seen semi's pass cars on main streets is more dangerous!

That usually means the semi is speeding, which can cause major accidents later on, but it also means that the cars could not be even going the speed limit which is also bad.

10. They are impatient.


Arizona drivers LOVE to use their horns. It doesn't matter if the light just turned green or you slow down at a yellow light, you will most likely get honked at. If they think you're driving too slow, they'll honk at you.

If they think you're driving too fast, they'll honk at you. The moral is: Arizona drivers are impatient and their horn is their best friend.

11. They are brake heavy.


Arizona drivers don't know how to break on time!! They always have to slam on their breaks because they break at the last minute, which causes all the drivers behind them to slam on their breaks. That can cause a car pile up!

12. They don't listen to the street signs.


Stop signs? Don't exist. Yield? What is that? The result of this is more car accidents.

13. They swerve.


Arizona drivers always drive like they are under the influence of something. They'll randomly merge into half of your lane and then swerve back into theirs, they'll grind their tires along curbs and swerve away from the curb. I don't know who taught Arizona drivers to drive, but they are definitely not steady drivers.

14. They like to ride people's bumpers.


This is dangerous especially when breaking comes into play. So many drivers here get rear-ended because they'll ride the person's bumper and that person will slam on their breaks to turn without a blinker.

15. They don't pay attention.


Arizona drivers are so worried about themselves. Where they have to be, what they have to do, and that causes them to not think about the other people around them.

They are so caught up with "Oh! I have to be at work in 15 minutes" that they don't think about the pedestrians crossing the street to go to their job. Arizona drivers don't pay attention to their surroundings and that is why accidents happen.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?

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When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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