Arizona Drivers Are Among The Worst In The United States
There are many statistics proving how bad Arizona drivers really are. As I stated in another post about rude Arizona people, the same can be said for the way they drive. It is difficult to comprehend how bad the drivers are here, until you’re plopped into traffic on a street or highway in Arizona. If you have ever lived in Arizona, this makes complete sense to you. If you haven’t been to Arizona to experience the adventure of driving here, read on.
Phoenix Ranked #8 Most Dangerous For Pedestrians
According to a report by Transportation for America, there were 1,479 pedestrian vs. vehicle deaths in Arizona between 2000-2009. In most Arizona cities, there are plenty of sidewalks and almost every intersection has a walk/no-walk sign. In other words, the streets are designed for pedestrian traffic. Unfortunately, the bad drivers in this state don’t pay attention to pedestrians. Crosswalks here are very dangerous, especially for people in vehicles turning right…they just don’t pay attention.
Phoenix Ranked #10 For The Most Drunk Drivers
I suppose the good news is Phoenix was ranked #4 in 2010, and moved down to #10 in 2011. When most people think DUI, they think alcohol. Although alcohol is a big problem in Arizona, so are drugs. There are just as many drugged drivers as there are drunk drivers. People have enough problems driving here sober, so why risk it when impaired by drugs or alcohol?
Phoenix Has the 4th Most Dangerous Intersection In The United States
A State Farm study revealed a [non] surprise about driving safety in Arizona…the 4th most dangerous intersection in the entire country is right here, in Phoenix. Take a trip to 19th Avenue and Northern Avenue and see if you survive! You can read more about it here.
You would think driving in Arizona would be easy, and it is. However, for the driver who is distracted, inexperienced or just a bad driver, driving in Arizona can be treacherous. It is dangers for themselves and those driving around them.
If you don’t live in Arizona, let me paint a picture. Most cities, especially in Phoenix, use the “grid system”. What this means is streets are straight, and have a cross street every 1/2 to 1 mile. The major “cross streets” are every once mile. These streets can be as straight as an arrow for miles and miles. So, with that in your mind imagine driving a straight line and coming to a traffic signal. At the next mile, you may have to stop at the stop light or turn left or right depending on where you want to go.
Looking at the photo of the 4th most dangerous intersection in the United States (above), that is a typical intersection in Arizona. You wouldn’t think navigating these streets would be difficult, especially since you’re just driving straight. For some reason (usually distraction), people often fail miserably at navigating these streets. The “grid system” is designed for simplicity and to give you various ways to get to your destination. Taking a look at the photo again, you can see the crosswalks. These intersections are so busy, drivers often fail to notice pedestrians in the sidewalk. All too often do you hear about another person run over by a car on the news.
Although the grid system is supposed to be simple and efficient, it makes for a VERY BORING drive. In most “normal” places, there are hills and curves. Here, there may be a curve here and there, but mostly it’s straightaways. Here is a brief description of my drive to work: Turn left, go 2 miles at stop at stop sign. Go straight. Take one of the few curves and stop at the next stop light. Drive one mile, stop at the stop light. Drive another mile, stop at the stop light. Drive another mile, stop at the stop light. Drive another mile, stop at the stop light and turn left. Drive another mile, stop at the stop light and turn right. I wish I were exaggerating, but that’s how my drive is: twenty minutes of sheer boredom while watching out for the bad Arizona drivers.
I saw the funniest thing driving yesterday. There is a curve near my house on the main road that curves 90 degrees. Keep in mind, when it turns it’s still the same road…NOT A T-INTERSECTION! As the vehicle in front of me approached the curve, the driver put on its turn signal before it entered the curve! At first, I thought it was turning onto one of the private streets…but, no. He fully intended on communicating to me that he was following the curve to the right! C’mon, people! Just because it’s not straight, it doesn’t mean it’s a hazard…it’s just a curve, deal with it! Ok, got that out of my system!
With the simplest roadway system in the world, Arizona drivers clearly cannot handle normal driving conditions. If it’s curvy, it’s a challenge. If it’s rainy, it’s nearly impossible to drive on (according to Arizona drivers). If it’s curvy AND raining, start saying your prayers.
Do you have a story about your adventure of driving in Arizona? If so, please comment and share your story!