I have become a better driver since I moved to Illinois. YOU HAVE TO BE! I had to learn to pay attention . . . no more day dreaming.
There is a lot to watch out for ~
*bicyclist (without the great bike
paths of Seattle)
*pot holes galore
*people walking across the middle
of the road without looking - all the time.
*city buses that think they own
*cars stopping in the middle of the lane
to make a quick delivery (parking is a
big issue in Chicago)
*etc. etc. etc.
It is good for me to pay attention. I even use my side mirrors now, which I barely knew existed. (I know!)
And I am surviving quite well, as long as I stay pretty close to home. I can honk like I have lived in Chicago a long time.
But road rage . . . I did not get that until last week when I studied Illinois Rules of the Road to (finally) go get a new drivers license. :-)
Oh my goodness, 112 pages of poorly written, hard to understand NONSENSE.
There are three pages just on documents you need to bring to prove your identity. Three pages, folks.
One of my favorites was the safety belt laws:
"Safety belts must be worn by all drivers and front seat passengers over age 8. A child not in a safety seat must wear safety belts regardless of location in the vehicle.
All passengers under age 19 with a driver age 18, regardless of location in the vehicle, must be belted. In a second division vehicle (truck with front seat) any person transporting a child under age 8 is responsible to secure the child."
Huh? Who knew you had to memorize the ages of everyone in your car. Why not cut out three pages and just say "Everyone must wear a seat belt."
Well, I did read all 112 pages, I aced the test and I now have a Illinois drivers liscence. I am off to watch for more pot holes.