Boston Driving Tips




If you decide to drive around Boston here are some Boston driving tips which could help you when you get to the city. If you don't know what you're doing, it is best not to even try driving around downtown.



Boston can be a very tough city in which to drive; repeating street names, odd angles, and aggressive drivers (often called "Massholes," if that gives you any indication) make for a trying experience. In fact, driving is NOT recommended - Boston driversand roads make up a potent combination that could scare Boston visitorsoff for life. Local drivers are impatient, rude and angry but, due to the constraints ofculture, may be considered the best in the world. For the uninitiated it's not that they dislike you, it's that they know where they want to go and how to get there andexpect the same of everyone else.

Most of the streets areone way and it costs a small fortune to park.
There seems to be no real pattern to any of the roads.While Boston is an incredibly easy city to drive to, it is not so easy to drive in.

A satirical look at Boston drivers: or Streetwise Boston Driving Tips

In General

1. Making eye contact usually means you yield the right of way.
2. Yield signs are often incorrectly interpreted as hit the gas in Boston.
3. Stop signs mean stop, but many people believe they can be interpreted as roll slowly instead of making a full stop.
4. In a rotary or traffic circle, the vehicles already in the circle have the right of way, but many drivers ignore this rule when entering.
5. Right on red after stop is legal unless otherwise marked, but most drivers do not stop. Many rear-end collisions happen due to this.

Boston Driving Tips For In The City

1. Look both directions before entering an intersection. Green lights are supposed to mean it is safe to proceed, but not always.
2. Brush up on your parking skills if you plan to park along the curb anywhere in the city. The parked vehicles may be inches apart.
3. Because of the Big Dig, signs, lanes, street direction, and off ramps may change without notice, with the predecessor signs randomly remaining in place.
4. Leave as much space as possible between you and the vehicle in front of you. Pedestrians often dart out in front of vehicles.
5. Gridlock occurs daily during rush hour. Cars may stop in the middle of crosswalks to irritate pedestrians, or block the most important intersections in the downtown.
6. One can often see vehicles blocking the left-only lane at red lights, as they expect a lane-jumper to run the left-only lane and be the first vehicle to cross the intersection.
7. In the city neighborhoods, late on a Friday or Saturday night in summer, one-way streets may become two-way streets.
8. In the city neighborhoods, day or night, double and triple parking may occur.
9. In the city neighborhoods, pedestrians may start a conversation with the driver of the vehicle in front of you, thereby blocking the entire street.
10. During winter snow storms, residents dig out a parking space, place a chair in that space, and then reserve that space until 99% of the snow has melted.
11. During winter, the potholes can be so deep they can consume one corner of your vehicle, and usually throw out your alignment.

Boston Driving Tips For The Highway

1. Driving in the breakdown lane or shoulder is illegal unless marked in very few places, but occurs every day during rush hour.
2. Lane Jumping, or weaving in and out of traffic and getting nowhere faster than anyone else, is extremely common during rush hour.
3. Clover Leaf Jumpers, or drivers that merge in front of you, and then jump three lanes to the left while cutting off everyone else traveling at 65 mph, are extremely common to find during rush hour.
4. In the slowest vehicle lane, you may actually witness vehiclesyielding to the left to get out of the way of speeders behind them. Iinfer that some drivers think they will not get caught if they speed inthe right lanes, which causes this behavior.
5. Mystery signs, such as lane closure ahead, are often left on the highway even though the work crew went home hours earlier.
6. After witnessing an erratic driver, you may think to yourself, "that person just risked the lives of several people including them self in exchange for gaining one half of one second."

Accidents

1. Keep a disposable camera in your vehicle. The auto insurance and tort system in Massachusetts can be considered somewhat tainted, so if an accident does happen, photographs are useful for determining fault.
2. Interview any witnesses of an accident if available. The person that struck your vehicle may be great friends with the investigating police officer. The other driver may also procure witnesses that you were unaware of.
3. The person that struck your vehicle may admit fault at the scene of an accident, but may likely file an accident report containing a completely different account.
4. The insurance claims handler of the driver that struck your vehicle may not believe in the physical laws of inertia or gravity when reviewing your vehicle's damage, for determining fault.
5. The repair shop you take your vehicle to may discover $1,000 damage you didn't even expect you'd have, which will then be reimbursed most likely by an insurance company if you were not at fault for the accident.


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