A couple of funny things that I’ve noticed while driving in California. My observations here could be due to a number of reasons, including the fact that I drive more in this state than I have in any other state; or that there are simply more drivers here in general than most other states that I’ve been in so in effect the possibility of me seeing bad drivers increases as well (makes sense, right?).

Anyway, my observations so far:

  • Many people do not use their turn signals here. Quite dangerous, and also very annoying when you’re at 4-way intersections or waiting to make a turn.
  • This is a funny one actually: I’ve noticed that a good number of cars here have deep scratches on their sides. At first, I wondered why this was so prevalent. And then I noticed that drivers here have no idea how big/small their vehicles are (this is easiest to take note of at right turns at intersections). Because of this I can only assume that at least once before, these cars were accidentally driven into the side of something while making too sharp of a turn (a guard rail, pole, etc.). Oops. But seriously, look at the sides of cars here. A lot of them have deep scratches along the entire body as if something big was dragged alongside it.
  • This is the most annoying: When people change lanes, they brake after the lane change is complete even if there is no vehicle in close proximity in front of them. I don’t understand it and if I had to pinpoint a reason for all the damn stop and go on freeways here, this is probably it.
  • Really shameful parallel parking jobs county-wide. Most spaces in LA are allocated with marked lines and these lines are usually big enough to fit maybe 1 and a quarter cars easily (at least by NYC parking distances). Is parallel parking not on the driving test here in LA?

That’s all! Chime in in the comments if you agree or disagree!