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Monday, March 17, 2008

HOW TO DRIVE IN PHOENIX

As seen on Best Of Craigslist: Phoenix.....I'm totally stealing this idea from Cody.
And because I'm an ass, you'll find my corrections and additions in red bold.


HOW TO DRIVE IN PHOENIX:
1. You must first learn to pronounce the city name, it is: FEE-NICKS'. There are other names to learn such as Ahwatukee (Ah-wa-Too-Kee), Tucson (Too Saun), Prescott (Press cut), Tempe (Tem Pee) and my favorite Scottsdale (SNOTS dale...he he) but that will be included in the advanced course.

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00 pm. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

3. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph. On Loop 101, your speed is expected to at least match the highway number. Anything less is considered 'Wussy'.

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Phoenix has its own version of traffic rules. For example, cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires go second. However, East Valley, SUV-driving, cell phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed out, and possibly shot.

6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It's another offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent and continuous in Phoenix. Detour barrels are moved around and roads are closed for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting.

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, cops , skunks, dogs, barrels, cones, cows, horses, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, squirrels, rabbits, crows, vultures, javelinas, roadrunners, and the coyotes feeding on any of these items.

9. Maricopa Freeway, Papago Freeway and the 'I-10' are the same road.
Superstition FWY and the US 60 are the same.
SR 51 is also known as Piestewa Freeway which used to be and sometimes still is called Squaw Peak Parkway but Squaw is regarded as a derogatory term for Native American women, so they named it after Lori Piestewa a Native American who died in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
SR 143 and Hohokam Expressway are the same road.
Loop 101 is also called Agua Fria FWY, Pima FWY and Price FWY...Seriously!
SR202 is the same road as The Red Mountain FWY, the Santan FWY and when it's finished will be called the Loop 202.
Dunlap and Olive are the same street too.
Jefferson becomes Washington, but they are not the same street.
SR 101 is also the Pima FWY except west of I-17, which is also The Black Canyon FWY, as well as the Maricopa Freeway (yup the same as the I-10) and The Veterans Memorial HWY. Lastly, Thunderbird Rd. becomes Cactus Rd. but, Cactus Rd. doesn't become Thunderbird Rd. because it dead ends at a mountain.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been 'accidentally activated.

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55-65 mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be 'flipped off' accordingly. If you return the flip, you'll be shot.

12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands.

1 comment:

Jonathan Merchant said...

pffft...That's just like driving in Utah...

We even have to bad pronunciations for towns...

You should know all this, Jenni reminds me [I'm doing it] of it all the time.

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