One of my biggest gripes about living in Old Town is the driving. I realize that I am resident in this part of town, so I am inclined to know the turf. However, I get so vexed by the number of drivers who suddenly forget the basic rules of the road when they enter my side of town. So I want to offer a few tips.
1. Know where the F#@K you are going!!!
With the likes of Garmin, Nextar, Magellen, maps.com, Googlemaps, and Tom Tom available, you would think that the days of winging it were at an end. I can’t tell you how often I end up behind a car that slows down to a crawl. The driver must be getting close to the general vicinity of their destination because the incessant tapping of the brakes clearly tells me it is close. I often think that people arrive in Old Town, and suddenly forget where they and where they are going. Look people, get a map! Know where you are going. Why waste hundreds of hours of your life driving 5 miles per hour thinking you know where you are? Know where you are! Save your fellow driver the anguish of discovering you are on the wrong side of town.
#2 Re-learn what a STOP sign looks like!
Despite the trend of many drivers, not every intersection in Old Town is a four way stop. This incorrect assumption has lead to many vehicular stand offs in Old Town. The driver who has the stop sign waits for the intersection to be clear, while the person who has the right of way waits for the a-hole to his right (or left) to turn already. A simple glance to the upper right and out of the front window will quickly resolve the question of right of way. Perhaps someday every intersection in Old Town will be converted into a four way stop. However until then, please make the effort to identify a STOP sign.
#3 Be sure to check your mirrors
Why? You never know when you are holding up traffic behind you. A little courtesy can go a long way.
I am done venting my frustrations now. Please remember when you are in Old Town that there are other drivers you are sharing the road with. Many of us do in fact know where we are going and know where all the stop signs are. So please, be courteous. Thanks!