When I First Started Driving In Amarillo…
I've gotten to drive in a lot of cities. Smaller ones, bigger ones and metroplexes.
Every one of them is a completely different driving experience. I mean, I was in Albuquerque this past weekend and even that was a different experience.
When I first started driving in Amarillo though, it was a surreal experience. There's numerous reasons as to why I felt this way, so correct me if I'm wrong. Here's my synopsis of the first time I truly drove around the city.
ROADS ARE ROUGH
One of the first things I realized was that the roads here are full of dips, dives and divots. It seems to me that the roads weren't initially paved evenly and it felt like I was on a roller coaster ride as my car bounced up and down. While it was doing this, I was hitting potholes that were probably created by weather elements and semis staying in the right lane. I know the rule of thumb is stay in the right lane except to pass, but it's amazing how much smoother the middle and left lanes are.
ARE ALL DRIVERS LOST IN THIS CITY?
I say this lovingly, I really do. It seemed to me that a lot of cars were moving FAR slower than they needed to be, as if they were making sure they didn't miss their exit. I came here from Austin, where if you weren't going at least 15 mph over the speed limit and flying over from the left lane to the exit on a 3 lane highway at the last minute, you weren't driving properly. You learn to adapt to your surroundings to survive. I did that, and now I'm paying for it dearly. It's ok to drive the speed limit, that's why they're posted.
NO ONE STOPS AT A RED LIGHT
This one is the most aggravating of all. The light turns red, you're getting ready to turn and someone just continues their journey to their destination ON A DEAD RED LIGHT! I swear I've seen more accidents here in just a few months time than I did in nearly 8 YEARS in Austin where they drive like the wind. If the light is red, it means STOP...not drive faster, not continue. It means stop. I swear if I get t-boned...
So, do you agree? Disagree? What am I missing here?