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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-04 09:29 PM
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Long Island Driving Rules
1. A right-lane construction closure is just a game to see how many people can cut in line by passing you on the right as you sit in the left lane waiting for the same drivers to squeeze their way back in efore hitting the orange construction barrels.

2. Turn signals will give away your next move. A real Long Island river never uses them. Use of them in Massapequa may be illegal.

3. Under no circumstances should you leave a safe distance between
you and the car in front of you, or the space will be filled in by
somebody else putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

4. Crossing two or more lanes in a single lane-change is considered "going with the flow."

5. The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you have of getting hit.

6. Never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive
bodywork.

7. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that
your ABS kicks in, giving a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake
pedal pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to
stretch your legs.

8. Construction signs warn you about road closures immediately after
you pass the last exit before the backup.

9. Electronic traffic warning signs are not there to provide useful
information. They are only there to make Long Island look high-tech,
and to distract you from seeing the state police radar car parked on
the median.

10. Never pass on the left when you can pass on the right.

11. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as suggestions,
and are apparently not enforceable during rush hour.

12. Just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up
or move over doesn't mean that a Long Island driver flashing his
high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot.

13. Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an accident, or even
if someone is just changing a tire.

14. Throwing litter on the roads adds color to the landscape and gives Adopt-a-Highway crews something to clean up.

15. It is assumed that state police cars passing at high speed may be
followed in the event you need to make up a few minutes on your way
to work, or the beach.

16. Learn to swerve abruptly. Long Island is the home of high-speed
slalom driving thanks to potholes.

17. It is traditional in Long Island to honk your horn at cars that
don't move the instant the light changes.

18. Seeking eye contact with another driver revokes your right of way, except in Garden City where it acts as an invitation to duel or
play chicken.

19. Never take a green light at face value. Always look right and
left before proceeding. In Long Island it is common to stop and then
decide which direction to turn.

20. Remember that the goal of every Long Island driver is to get there first, by whatever means necessary.

21. Real Long Island female drivers can put on pantyhose, apply eye
makeup, and balance the checkbook at seventy-five miles per hour,
during a snowstorm in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

22. Real Long Island male drivers can take off pantyhose, unsnap a
bra with one flick of their wrist at seventy-five miles per hour during a snowstorm in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

23. Heavy snow, ice, fog, and rain are no reasons to change any of
the previously listed rules. These weather conditions are God's way
of insuring a natural selection process for body shops, junkyards,
and new vehicle sales.
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-04 09:36 PM
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1. nice, sounds a bit like Raleigh traffic
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-04 09:37 PM
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2. Hmmm, I dunno
1. A right-lane construction closure is just a game to see how many people can cut in line by passing you on the right as you sit in the left lane waiting for the same drivers to squeeze their way back in efore hitting the orange construction barrels.

Doesn't it make more sense that all the available lanes be used up until the actual construction?
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russian33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-04 09:56 PM
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3. LOL!
So, so true...I work in Garden City...Rule 13 is pretty much law around here...
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-04 10:11 PM
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4. Sounds a lot like driving in Boston.
:D
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The Spirit of JFK Donating Member (528 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-04 11:37 PM
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5. We have driving rules in Boston?
I thought there were just suggestions.

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Interrobang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 12:00 AM
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6. My fiance is a Lawn Guy Land driver...
Yeep! I've never been so scared in all my life! He doesn't comprehend the idea of accelerating/decelerating *gradually*, so riding with him is like courting a case of whiplash. (He also doesn't dig the idea of driving slowly in places like parking lots, or when there's only something like 100m before a turn or something...no, it's slam on the gas, slam on the brake, as though it would make no sense to just gradually accelerate to a reasonable rate of speed and gradually decelerate.)

I *hate* riding with him, and I come from London, ON, where all drivers (but especially the ones in Trans Ams or SUVs) seem to be towing around big neon signs that say, "Why yes, I DO own the road...now get the f*** out of my way!" and NOBODY uses their turn signals, and all the bus drivers drive like they want to kill their passengers and everyone else on the road. That ought to tell you something.
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