I’m here to share with you my unique perspective on driving culture in the two parts of the world where I consume thousands of miles of road. On average, I drive nearly 50,000 kilometres a year, with half of that in the Toronto area and a third in Southern California. It may come as a surprise to you, but I’m willing to argue that drivers in Southern California are not the worst. Most Toronto drivers are, on the other hand, decidedly in the Needs Improvement camp.
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Never driven in Toronto, but driving there sounds no different than driving in the Washington DC area. Here, you contend with the usual bad and selfish drivers, poorly designed interchanges and intersections, inadequate, misleading or nonexistent signage and poorly timed traffic lights.
At least it sounds like there's a uniformity to driving standards in the GTA. There is no such uniformity in driving standards in Florida. I've dealt with hyper-aggressive drivers imported straight from a Caracas rush hour, to senior citizens who believe they have a divine right to go 20 under in the left lane. The footage from my dash cam looks like a mirrored version of those Australian dash cam videos. Florida's extremely lax roadworthiness standards, which while a boon to classic car owners, means there are some real **bleep**boxes on the road that even Finnegan and Freiburger wouldn't be caught dead in. Speed traps are seemingly ever-present on the good stretches of straight road, and the closest curvy road to me is Sebring International Raceway.
Florida: a great place to own a car, but not to drive one.
From Connecticut, Florida and now, I live in SoCal, but throughout my time living in Florida for over 7 years prior to me moving to the west coast, Florida is by far the worst drivers thus far in the union.
Great Article. I live in Ontario & couldn't agree more. I might add that all the Government mandated gizmos in the interest of "safety" are creating a whole new generation of inattentive & incompetent drivers. Also, years ago the amount of salt used on the highway's was miniscule vs today. At the first whiff of a snowflake the salt trucks are usually out in full force. So now most motorists are clueless when it comes to dealing with slippery roads.
The most mind blowing aspect of driving in LA is that the traffic NEVER ENDS.
You’re coming home from a party or late show at 2am and thinking this’ll be a breeze home on the freeway. Then you merge on to the 10 and it’s freaking jammed full of 80mph road warriors. Who are these people?
When we used to watch 24, the most implausible aspect of the SoCal scenarios was not Jack Bauer single handedly holding off a dozen assailants or torturing the bad guy into quickly spilling the beans, it was our hero making it from one LA location to another in under an hour. No way!
I live in Vancouver and it is about as terrible as you can get. I just looked up the index you mentioned and, sure enough, we rate 3rd overall. Right behind LA. I've been to LA and the difference is the drivers there are much more skilled in general. Watching people merge properly is a sight to behold! I have seen -on a regular basis on my commute- drivers sitting in front of a merge sign waiting for an opening like it was a yield sign. Truly sad driving here in Vancouver.
i live in northern Ontario, and make trips to Toronto and area a couple times a year. i loathe parking, er, i mean "driving" in T.O. if you are not doing 120 km/hr, you get run over, leave a space in front of you, and some idiot kamikaze cuts in front on their way to a spot 2 lanes over. the don valley "parking lot", don't get me started. idiots on their cell phones, and yes they are in shock and awe at these 2 wheeled vehicles that show up when the snow disappears. after the inevitable crash, you can add the corrupt, fraudulent and extortion tactics of the towing companies
I lived in inner Toronto for 14 years (now I live elsewhere in S. ON) and your article is spot on. One thing you didn't mention is the government's undeclared war on the automobile in T.O. Everything from canceling the Spadina Expressway to 4-way stop signs at every intersection to getting tickets for parking in front of your house. It might be cynical to say it's just revenue-generation but it's deeper than that. Traffic has increased exponentially since I left; road-building or getting more out of what is already there has not. They don't want people to drive cars. Really. It's hardly surprising people are not good at it (or perhaps they're reacting to the stress of even owning a car in T.O.).
I have been driving in Toronto for fifty years. The infrastructure, be it roads or public transportation has not kept pace with the number of residents. The biggest problem is the low barrier to getting a drivers licence, and then once you have one there is no periodic testing. You can get a licence in your teens and not be retested until you are an octogenarian. I would heartily support mandatory re-testing every 5-10 years.
You are absolutely right. Here in Vancouver the test is so easy, any moron can get a license. Then ICBC (our insurance company) wonders why they lose so much money on insurance claims. Maybe if they considered the fact that they have some of the most unskilled drivers operating two ton machinery, then they might figure it out.
I have driven in many high traffic areas. Toronto is bad like LA but much smaller.
You want bad the Washington DC metro area is hands the the worse. The second with continuous construction is Atlanta.
Now with the virus and many working from home all have improved to a degree.
Nothing beats many other countries like Russia, Mexico and South America.