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18 May 2007

Driving in Phoenix

My friend, Davi, sent this to me the other day. For us native Phoenicians, this is completely true. For all visitors, snowbirds and random vacationers alike, read and learn:

1.You must first learn to pronounce the city name. It is: "FEE-NICKS."

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 a.m. to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00 p.m. 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 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 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, 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. SR-202 is the same road as the Red Mountain Freeway. Dunlap and Olive are the same street, too. Jefferson becomes Washington, but they are not the same street. I-17 is also called the Black Canyon Freeway as well as the Veterans Memorial Highway. And if all of that isn't enough to remember, SR-51 has recently been renamed to Piestewa Freeway because Squaw Peak Parkway was too easy to pronounce. Lastly, Thunderbird Road becomes Cactus Road, but Cactus Road doesn't become Thunderbird Road where 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 will be shot.

12. Most important: For summer driving, it is advisable to wear oven mitts on your hands.

Thank you for visiting Phoenix, Arizona. It's a dry heat.


posted by GeminiWisdom @ 10:41 PM |


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