Worst Aggieland Traffic Habits, IMHO...

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Since COVID-19 has kept me mostly at home during the past year and a half, I had a lot of opportunity to drive the local highways and byways while doing all the errands the wife used to do before "these uncertain times". During this time, I came up with a few observations about traffic -

1. People who enter the freeway (Hwy 6) doing 40-45 MPH. Frustrating and dangerous.
2. People who take the turnaround at Fitch and want to go to Chick-fil-a.. (saw many near misses)
3. People who exit Barron and try to turn on Graham (see above)
4. People who slow down to 45-50 upon hitting the Barron overpass, to exit Fitch.
5. People who are turning from University onto Texas, and stop to do so.. (you have a lane)
6. People who try to enter the freeway from the right lane from Texas Ave. at Deacon. Saw a doozy wreck here.
7. People who don't yield taking a left off Rock Prairie West, causing issues with folks going straight... Saw a doozy wreck here as well.

I'm sure there's more, but that's what I had at the top of my head.
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yep, all those are true. The one that really gets me is the recent (last couple of years) habit of people taking exits off of Rudder crossing from the left lane
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Solid list. I would add the turn right onto Texas Ave from 2818-- again you have your own lane.

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Right turn off the Highway 6 feeder road onto University Drive West.

Protected right and people still sit there and wait forever.
"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." - Sir Winston Churchill
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Rapier108 said:

Right turn off the Highway 6 feeder road onto University Drive West.

Protected right and people still sit there and wait forever.
why - because they want to turn left on Glenhaven!
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8. People running red lights
9. People running stop signs
10. People who drive at night with their headlights off (see it EVERY night...wtf?)
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Heading east on University after work:

1) The folks who block traffic in the middle lane, trying to force their way at the last minute into the long line in the right lane to turn onto Hwy 6.

2) The folks on East University Drive who have no clue that the speed limit is 60, not 45.
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The running red lights is definitely a problem. I've started doing a full "look left and right" after the light turns green, especially now that I have a little one in the car a lot.

That stretch on southbound Texas from 2818 to Hwy 6 is brutal. Even when people do realize they have their own lane they're trying to speed up and get to the left while Wal Mart traffic is trying to slow down and get to the right and people are trying to swoop the whole line at Deacon and sneak back in to get on 6.

It's like Fury Road on there.
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Look Out Below said:

8. People running red lights
9. People running stop signs
10. People who drive at night with their headlights off (see it EVERY night...wtf?)
11. People driving across three lanes of traffic at Texas Ave and Park Place to enter the left turn lane at Texas and Holeman, just to make a U turn at Holeman and head north on Texas Ave.
12. Any U turn on Texas Avenue.
13. The light at Brothers Blvd. and Texas Avenue. It is never timed right and Traffic backs up on Texas Ave.
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GTdad said:

Heading east on University after work:

1) The folks who block traffic in the middle lane, trying to force their way at the last minute into the long line in the right lane to turn onto Hwy 6.

2) The folks on East University Drive who have no clue that the speed limit is 60, not 45.


People do this on 21 turning left onto 6 South. And I will straight up let you hit my car rather than let you in. I even see people get out of the left turn lane, and try to drive around most of it, and then get back in. Those are the worst...
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Running red lights.
Tailgating (not the fun kind).
Careening across multiple lanes in a parking lot instead of following the traffic flow pattern (talking about you Wellborn Rd. HEB).
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Wellborn H-E-B is bad but the Rock Prairie Kroger/UPS/etc is like The Purge.
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bobinator said:

Wellborn H-E-B is bad but the Rock Prairie Kroger/UPS/etc is like The Purge.

TBF, it's a horrible parking lot though. It's worse than the Kroger parking lot in Bryan.
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I have decided that the problem seems to be that we used to be taught to drive courteously, but now most people drive recklessly on the assumption that the courtesy of others will cover their rudeness. (pulling out anywhere when you don't have a window to come up to speed but trusting everyone will slam on their brakes for you like on welborn, or pulling out onto the feeder from tower point HEB)
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People who u-turn across 3 lanes of traffic at Wellborn and Deacon to go to Dutch Bros and/or Dunkin.

People who stop turning right onto University from 6 feeder or right from University onto Texas when they have their own lane!

Drive thru lanes that back out onto major roads blocking a lane of traffic.
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Rapier108 said:

Right turn off the Highway 6 feeder road onto University Drive West.

Protected right and people still sit there and wait forever.



I've seen more than one idiot driving west on university cross that so called protected solid white to rapidly turn right into Cheddars cutting the car turning right off the feeder
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100% true. It takes what? A minute to go down to the next entrance by Wings-n-More?
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Look Out Below said:

8. People running red lights
9. People running stop signs
10. People who drive at night with their headlights off (see it EVERY night...wtf?)
That's not a B/CS thing. There is so much lighting on some roads that people don't realize that they don't have their lights on.

Most vehicles have auto-on lights so I don't see it as often as I used to.
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Going northbound on Hwy 6 and then figuring out that only the left lane goes to Texas. They then try to jump across the left lane at 70 mph to make it usually with a car in the lane going straight.
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very minor, but it amazes me how people will line up to turn left off of Welborn to go to HEB on 2818, they will back up the turn lane all the way into the left lane on Welborn. Never understood why they just don't take 2818 east then enter HEB off of 2818
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Taking the Southwest Exit and trying to turn right on Holleman is similar to the Graham turn, but not as sketchy.
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3. People who exit Barron and try to turn on Graham (see above)
This is getting worse and worse. One of the things I hate about coming off from work in the evenings.

Esp those that not only floor it to get over, but then will squeeze between 2 vehicles to still make the turn.

That is one place they need to curb and put up barriers to keep you from doing that. It's not taking anymore time to exit RP and go thru the light.
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When you're the front car turning right on any one of the "No right turn on Red" spots around campus and the dewsher behind you keeps creeping on your a** trying to get you to turn on red.

Like calm down back there bro. I'm not trying to get a ticket from these overpopulated campus cops just for you.
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One day, pedestrians crossing the Chipotle pull in by campus will cause a wreck that potentially ends bad for them.
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People playing on Snapchat when the light turns green at Holleman/wellborn and they're the front car in the turning lane and you're 5 cars back.. their delayed reaction makes you miss the light and then a train comes and you're stuck even longer trying to go straight across.
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I've been trying to figure out some of the "no right on red" turns. The University ones make some sense because of the large number of pedestrians but there's also one on North and S. College?
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dallasiteinsa02 said:

Going northbound on Hwy 6 and then figuring out that only the left lane goes to Texas. They then try to jump across the left lane at 70 mph to make it usually with a car in the lane going straight.
#6 on the list. I see this one a lot, and like histag10, I will straight up let you hit my truck before I let you over... not my fault you're a dumb@$$...
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EVERY on-ramp to Hwy 6 where drivers think it's the responsibility of existing drivers on the highway to get over in the next lane and let them on the highway without even slowing down or looking. It's up to you to merge into traffic.
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Slocum on a mobile said:

6. People who try to enter the freeway from the right lane from Texas Ave. at Deacon. Saw a doozy wreck here.
6a. those in the inner left turn lane at eb Rock Prairie and 6 who take a wide turn into the outer left turn lane in order to turn into Luigi's/Starbucks parking lot.
6b. those in the inner left turn lane at sb 6 feeder and Fitch who take a wide turn into the outer left turn lane.. OR.. those in the outer left turn lane turning into the inner left turn lane.

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YES 6b! It should have made the list. I've had to lay on the horn to keep people from hitting me there.
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To get philosophical for a minute, and this isn't exclusive to Aggieland, nor to driving really, but overall it's just a lot of people's general sense that the world around them will accommodate their dumbass decisions.

All you need as proof that any sort of idyllic utopian system of government could never work is just to drive somewhere for a few hours.

So many people in the world literally don't have a **** about how their actions impact other people.
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I agree 1000% with this - HOWEVER when you're TRYING to merge at speed - and they either slow down or speed up - and you have NO WHERE to go!
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i want to complain!

14. People that are weaving through traffic and speed past you to a red light.

15. Cars with crappy engines but loud exhaust.

16. Yee yee kids rolling coal onto people

17. drivers complaining about drivers on message boards while in traffic
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Donny Hall said:

i want to complain!

14. People that are weaving through traffic and speed past you to a red light.

15. Cars with crappy engines but loud exhaust.

16. Yee yee kids rolling coal onto people

17. drivers complaining about drivers on message boards while in traffic
Stop driving so slow and we won't get caught at the red lights.
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D_Wag97 said:

EVERY on-ramp to Hwy 6 where drivers think it's the responsibility of existing drivers on the highway to get over in the next lane and let them on the highway without even slowing down or looking. It's up to you to merge into traffic.


Both sides need to be accommodating as much as they can to merge. If you are on the highway and you see a long line of cars trying to enter highway and you actively do your darndest to not change your speed to allow a merge, then you are also not helping. (This assumes normal traffic flow and not backed up for accident).

Too many drivers trying to "be right" and "I'll teach them a lesson" as opposed to "this only impacts me minimally to move over or slow down slightly. It does not make me a lesser person to show kindness/grace in this situation"

Think of this way: if you were trying to enter would you expect to have to come to a complete stop because some ahole on the highway was exerting their "hey, I am in the right and you just have to deal with it"?
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