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#579132 - 07/05/06 02:51 PM ? for you Texans
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I went to a wedding last weekend in Texas. On the LONG drive home my husband and I were caught a little off guard when we would pull up behind someone driving slower on the highway, they would drive in the shoulder to allow us to pass. This happened several times and I was just wondering if this is a Texas thing, or maybe just the area we were in. It was actually pretty convenient, since most of the 2 lane highway was marked as a no passing zone. Anyone else ever experienced this??

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#579133 - 07/05/06 02:54 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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We run accross this all the time in Wisconsin and Florida. Usually, the driver is a little older, is in no rush to get where they are going, and wants to enjoy a little drive.

My elderly in-laws used to look forward to "going for a drive" each weekend, just to get out of the house and enjoy the scenery.
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#579134 - 07/05/06 03:01 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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It happens quite a bit in Oklahoma too.
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#579135 - 07/05/06 03:02 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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That's not uncommon here - since Texas is such a huge state and you might do some long trips here - it's a common courtesy, when there is a paved shoulder to move to the right to allow other vehicles to pass.

It's easy to tell the Texas Transplants - they won't get over. Just a way to make each other's life a little easier.

The other part of this is, when you pass the slower motorist, give an acknowledgement of their kindness - a wave, a flash of the hazard lights, etc.

Hope you enjoyed your visit here!
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#579136 - 07/05/06 03:03 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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I'm from Texas and this always happens. I think it's our way of being respectful to the driver behind us. The majority use the shoulder lane as long as they are clear so the cars behind can get around and not pile up because like ya mentioned we've a lot of 2 lane highways.

Now what is stupid to me... is those that use the shoulder lane to pass.
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#579137 - 07/05/06 03:03 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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i believe in chicago they use bunp drafting to get you out of the way

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#579138 - 07/05/06 03:08 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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unbelievable! texas actually has something going for it now.

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#579139 - 07/05/06 03:08 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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I see it in Northern NH alot on the 2 lane "highways"
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#579140 - 07/05/06 03:31 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Yeah, we do that a lot around here. The vehicle passing usually says thanks by flashing their hazards once they have passed the vehicle.

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#579141 - 07/05/06 03:37 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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This thread may lead me to re-think my driving habits.

I thought speeding up and slowing down to tick off the driver tailgating you was the norm.
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#579142 - 07/05/06 03:39 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Usually, the driver is a little older, is in no rush to get where they are going, and wants to enjoy a little drive.





Or just tired of tailgaters. I pull to the right just to get them off my a$$. I'm not doing it to be nice, but I'll take the credit.

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#579143 - 07/06/06 06:56 AM Re: ? for you Texans
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Why don't Texans extend that courtesy when they travel out of state? They are the worst for sightseeing and driving during "rush hour" here and always in the left lane.
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#579144 - 07/06/06 07:19 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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My daughter lives in Abilene and she was pretty surprised and happy that they do pull over out there.
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#579145 - 07/07/06 02:46 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Why don't Texans extend that courtesy when they travel out of state? They are the worst for sightseeing and driving during "rush hour" here and always in the left lane.




Tell me what state you are in "Stoked" and I will definitely make sure that when I visit I will drive in the left hand lane directly in front of you.

Not all "worst" drivers are from the great state of Texas! Maybe you should slow down a little and enjoy life a little more and not be in such a hurry to get to where you are going.
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#579146 - 07/07/06 03:11 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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My experience is that the worse drivers are in Florida, but maybe it's just all those 5 ft. tall 80 year olds struggling to see over the steering wheels of their big old white Cadillacs.

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#579147 - 07/07/06 03:21 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Yep.. Floridiots seem to be the worst. After Orlando, my nerves were shot. (And I can drive in Atlanta like a pro!) They should just rip I-4 out.. make life a little more miserable for the tourists in Florida that's why its' so bad... Floridians are sick of tourists.

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#579148 - 07/07/06 04:07 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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I found the drivers in Boston to be semi-crazed and apt to go careening from lane to lane on quasi-random whims.

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#579149 - 07/07/06 05:23 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Floridians are sick of tourists.




That's like saying New Yorkers are sick of tall buildings -- then move.

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#579150 - 07/07/06 05:24 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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I did.

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#579151 - 07/07/06 05:35 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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If Florida didn't have tourists, what industry would support the state? Orange juice? Not enough, and it gets hurt more as each hurricane season wipes out more orchards. Fishing? Not with the price of gas and that the fishermen must go miles further out each year to catch anything. Boating, swimming and diving? Nope, need tourists for that. Theme parks? Oh yeah, no tourists. Restaurants, shopping, no, no, NO TOURISTS.
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#579152 - 07/07/06 05:37 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Beeeeeeeeef!

I remember sitting between rows strawberries as a kid eating more than I was picking. Ruined a lot of clothes doing that.

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#579153 - 07/07/06 05:39 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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too funny Nanwa! What was that ladies name that did the OJ commercials back in the 70's? Its right on the tip of my tongue...
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#579154 - 07/07/06 05:44 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Beef? You gotta be kidding! Those scrawny animals? They can't put on any weight in that heat!

And Plant City strawberries are highly overratted. Unless, of course, you pick your own. Then they let them get ripe enough to get sweet. But the stuff they package for the grocery stores are unripe and sour.
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#579155 - 07/07/06 06:57 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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too funny Nanwa! What was that ladies name that did the OJ commercials back in the 70's? Its right on the tip of my tongue...




It was Anita Bryant!!!!

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#579156 - 07/07/06 07:45 PM Re: ? for you Texans
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Beef? You gotta be kidding! Those scrawny animals? They can't put on any weight in that heat!

And Plant City strawberries are highly overratted. Unless, of course, you pick your own. Then they let them get ripe enough to get sweet. But the stuff they package for the grocery stores are unripe and sour.




That's why the beef is so LEAN in Florida. Lean is a *good* thing.
And when they open the strawberry fields is the only time to go. Pick waaay too many and freeze them. They make the best freezer jam.

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