Are Texans the worst drivers in the US?

Trip Start Apr 02, 2010
Trip End May 01, 2010

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Day 5 April 6, 2010 Wichita Falls, TX to Buda, TX

Mary's Version

You know, I am really one lucky lady. Greg plans EVERYTHING for these trips.  He goes on-line, books the hotels and any tours that we're to go on, and drives.  And drives, and drives.  All I do is go and enjoy.  My own personal travel agent!  Hey, it works for me!  What I'm leading up to is, today's traffic was the worst so far.  All the way from Ft. Worth to Austin, what a mess!  Greg thought that from Wichita Falls, there would be a beltway to take us AROUND Ft. Worth, but no, the directions led us straight through the really big, city.  Usual big city traffic.  And did it get any better?  I don't think so!  And we went through other cities besides, traffic coming onto and going off of the freeway.  The speed limit most of the way was 65-70 miles an hour!  Huge big rigs, local traffic, on and off, off and on.  All during again, a 30-40 mile and hour wind!!!  Oh, did I tell you that this is the third day of this wind?  It looks like there will be a thunderstorm today from Dallas/Ft. Worth, North.  Good thing we're South of that now!  So, for 300 plus miles today, Greg drove and drove and once again, brought us to our destination.  I'm right, aren't I?  A very lucky lady indeed!  (In many more ways than one).

So now we're in our hotel, having gotten here in the afternoon, doing our laundry and finally beginning to catch up on our blogs.  Yay!

Well,  we did have to leave again to get dinner.  We went to Magnolia Cafe, a place that Guy Fieri recommends in one of his "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" books.  It was a fun, funky place, (the kind of place that Guy loves), and had good food.  I had breakfast, again.  I doesn't get old.  I've only been to Austin once before, and boy, has it grown!  As I recall, there were no huge, tall buildings, but there sure are now!  It has grown up, or just bigger, depending on how you look at it.  Tomorrow, we head for New Orleans!  Long trip!

Greg's Version:

The question of the day is: Are drivers in Texas worse than drivers in Las Vegas?  Or maybe it is the strange layout of their roads?  For example, we wanted to eat at a Cracker Barrel located one half mile west of the hotel.  To get there you need to drive east until you can make a U-turn to get to the other side of the freeway.  Then you drive a mile west until you are past the restaurant, get off the freeway and find a place to make a U-turn so you can get to the other side of the freeway and drive a quarter mile to breakfast.  Does this damage the brains of Texas drivers?  Or is it just the over-sized pickups? 

Las Vegas drivers are the rudest people we have met so far.  They weave in and out through traffic flashing their lights at anyone who dares get in front of them then cut across four lanes of traffic to get to their off ramp.  Texas drivers are completely clueless.  They wander from lane to lane usually driving 5 to 10 mph below the speed limit.  Sometime they will get three or four wide and completely block a freeway.  Their favorite trick is to drive up almost alongside of you then match your speed until they wake up and speed away never to be seen again.  If these people were in California I would be sure they were on the phone but these people do it without a cell phone to their ear, amazing. Tomorrow we will be out of Texas.

We went to Magnolia Cafe, we read about it in Diners, Drive-Ins & Dive, for diner.  It was very good. We were planning on ordering the Pork Roast Special but they had run out of it so I ordered a Magnolia Omelet and Mary had French Toast.  The sign in the window says: "Sorry, we're open" (see photo).  After dinner we drove up Congress Ave. admiring the Austin night life.  We laughed out loud when we saw the sign on Doc's: "Now serving Tiger Woods party of 14."

Driving back to the hotel was a bit of an adventure as we drove through rain squall.
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jlittleto on

Thot the comments about Texas drivers were right on! I hadn't realized that the Las Vegas variety had gotten so bad. There used to be a beltway around Fort Worth as I recall but that was a good 20 years ago.

Gene Smith on

Hey Greg, watch what you say about Texas drivers! I have to take exception to the comment "...driving 5 to 10 mph below the speed limit..." The only folks driving below the speed limit Texas highways are tourist. Those speed limit signs are ignored by most Texans (except in school zones. Don't ever mess with Texas children!) Generally speaking we consider driving just short of a contact sport! Get in where you fit in!

Enjoy New Orleans!

jlittleto on

Agree 100% with Gene Smith that the Texas drivers I've known do consider it a contact sport and usually drive at the speed limit or better...maybe you were experiencing tourist traffic as he suggests.

greg-mary-scott on

Gene, If those slow pokes were tourists they must have been from El Paso or some such place because that all had Texas plates and most were driving F150s. What impressed me was how well behaved most everyone was, so different from driving on I-5.

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