Friday, May 27, 2005

Utahns Better Drivers than Californians

But we're still not very good. Here's an experience we've all had: Being lectured by some snot nosed Californian about how terrible Utah drivers are. We've always guiltily believed them. After all, California is California, and we're just lowly Utah. It's time to fire back. According to the GMAC Insurance National Driver's Test, Utah scored higher than California. Utah has better drivers than California. In fact, we put nine other states in between us and them. Utah was 33rd, California 43rd. Now, with that said, we do need to be better drivers. I have never advocated the (horrifyingly named) Legacy Highway and one of the reasons is that until Davis County learns to drive on the one they have, they should not be given another. I am mystified that even with all the bellyaching about 15 being the only way in or out, there are still almost daily accidents that back up traffic. I would think that if the route were so important, people would be more cautious about their driving. Part Of The Plan has some good tips for local yokels when we get behind the wheel.


Blogger Travis said...

I never silently accepted the fact that Californians were better drivers. I have always fought it. Now I just have a little more fire power. Thanks.

5/28/2005 03:19:00 AM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

Hving driven in a number of states, I think that people become used to traffic patterns in their own areas and are more acutely aware of driving errors in areas they visit or move to, so they think that drivers from other states are worse. However, it would appear that an objective source thinks that though UT is worse than the median, it is better than CA. Maybe we should all celebrate our less-than-mediocre performance!

5/31/2005 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous DEXTER said...

I've always found most places to be 'bad in their own way.'

Except Davis and Utah Counties. They're just bad.

5/31/2005 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Kim Millard said...

Ethan, Ethan, Ethan...even thought I do have to agree with you about Utah drivers being better than California drivers...I definitely do not agree with you on the Legacy Highway! This is coming from a past Davis County resident and currently a Salt Lake County resident. I want you to drive up to Davis County at 6:00pm on a weekday and you tell me what you think. I think that the effect is exactly opposite of what you are stating and that the reason for the number of accidents is because of the number of drivers that are on the roads at that time. I-15 is the only outlet from SLC to Davis County and for the number of residents that live up there and that are traveling to SLC, it just isn't acceptable anymore.

5/31/2005 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

Kim, if I may defend Ethan...
Look at all the "highway friendly"
cities around the country. Boston, New York, DC, LA etc... every time their existing freeways filled up, they built new ones, and those filled up. But not always in proportion to population growth. In other words, more available lanes meant more people drove, and didn't have anything to do with the cities actually growing. Build legacy and instead of one packed freeway, you'll have two. Traffic will still come to a halt during rush hour. Don't believe me?
Built it, they will come.

5/31/2005 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry honey, i have to agree with kim. you have never driven in any kind of traffic on I-15 on a regular basis. since you are, and always have been a downtown snot i can't agree with your opinions on the subject.

drive in the traffic for a few weeks and then we'll see how you feel.

with love,
the wife

5/31/2005 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

well 'honey,' your well deduced and thoroughly thought out assumptions aside, I still maintain that if the legacy highway is built before sensible alternatives Davis county will have two gridlocked freeways instead of one.
/rant on
But what would I know... I didn't even have the forsight to load my family up into our SUV and Minivan and flee the city for the greener pastures of suburan sprawl and white flight.
/rant off

6/01/2005 12:32:00 PM  
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