The Top 5 Out-of-State Drivers Arizonans Hate to Share the Road with Most
As much as I hate to admit it, there's a thing I miss about the pandemic lockdowns: I had the road to myself. I could get to work and return home in unhindered bliss. It was basically just me and maybe two or three other cars on the road. Both ways. Uphill...you get the idea.
It's hard to think back on that time as "the good old days", but as far as driving was concerned, it was great.
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At some point around the middle of the lockdowns, something began to happen. It was stealthy and quiet at first, so Arizonans probably didn't even notice until we woke up from the nightmare.
The Big Change in Drivers
Everyone moved to Arizona. That's right. People from the surrounding western states transplanted themselves here. They came from Texas, Washington, Oregon, and everyone's favorite place to leave, California.
We even inherited permanent nomads from states we only see during the Snowbird Months™. Folks from states like Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin were driving here in droves, if you will.
How do I know? First, I saw your license plates, Western State People Who Never Left Arizona.
Second, for you midwesterners, I hear you, eh? You speak my native dialect, so you can't fool me.
Even though most have changed their license plates, Arizonans can tell who you are by the way you drive.
The Drivers Arizonans Hate to Share the Road With
1. The No-Signal Lane Changer
Tell me you're from California without telling me you're from California.
Ms. Arizona Driver is keeping up with traffic when suddenly, Miss California zips in front of you with no warning. We see the shiny new Arizona plate, but you ain't foolin' us.
2. The Lane Weaver
You're a close personal friend of No-Signal Lane Changer and I'm guessing you're a transplant from the IE. Or the Valley. Or, like, Malibu.
You're zipping back and forth between lanes, hoping your new lane will go faster than your old lane, and you're riding everyone's bumper.
Also, was the turn signal feature OPTIONAL in your Prius? Cause we haven't seen you use it once.
3. The Blinkin' Betty
You should get together with the last two drivers and teach them about turn signals, because at least you know they exist. Only, everyone else on the road will never forget, because YOUR SIGNAL HAS BEEN ON FOR 6 MILES!
We hope you like the weather here better than in the Midwest. You may have ditched that Ohio plate, but we know it's you.
4. The Left Lane Lingerer
If you increase your speed by 10 miles an hour, you'll still be 5 miles an hour under the speed limit.
Are you looking for something? Are you lost inside your own head? Either way, move over to the right and let everyone else pass you. In the PASSING lane.
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(I'm gonna assume you're native to Arizona because this is something drivers here do all the time. Just know you're making that transplant from Dallas - ya know, the guy behind you riding your bumper - plum crazy.)
5. The Plum Crazy Bumper Hugger
Don't you hate it when the driver in front of you suddenly brake-checks you?
Bet it happens to you a lot, though. That's because in Arizona we were taught to leave at least three car lengths between vehicles, but you seem to be riding in my rear passenger seat.
We know objects in Texas are larger than they appear in Arizona, but we're not happy when you ride our bumpers. So slow down and back off, pardner.
Who Drives You Crazy When You're Driving?
We're kidding here, of course. We love to share the beauty of Arizona with everyone. What are some of the crazy things you've seen on our Arizona streets?