WAYS TO RECOGNIZE THAT A PERSON LEARNED TO DRIVE IN TEXAS!!!
***I first read this list when a friend posted a similar version on Facebook. Oh my goodness…I really think that the list might be accurate…and I learned to drive in Texas!!***
15. Please say “the fast lane” for left lane instead of the term “the passing lane”. It’s not that complicated folks! Slower traffic stays in the right lane.
There are Texans who are in a hurry on the left.
14. You believe the courtesy wave is not optional. You are just saying “Thank You”! If someone allows you to pull in front of them…a friendly wave is really required. No kidding!
13. You call the little road to the side of the freeway “the access” road or you might call the “access road”…”the service road” or you may simply call that exit “the feeder” because it feeds to that other little road to the side of the freeway.
12. You feel like you are the only one who knows how to drive in the rain. Look to the right. Look to the left. Think about them. They may have stayed home every time it rained for five years.
11. Your normal commute time is 30 minutes…on the rare occasion there is snow…commute time=3 hours. You might as well stay home and watch Ellen.
10. You see the speed limit sign as a gauge to driving 5 to 10 mph more. Texans interpret that a 70 mph sign really means 75 to 80 mph – please don’t use that defense when you get pulled over.
9. You get a little excited when you see this sign on the horizon:
Yea! Clean bathrooms, snacks, gifts, candy, hot food and beef jerky coming up. And don’t forget the samples of fudge! A favorite…peanut butter!
8. When you drive through the Hill Country, you better keep an eye for “deer crossing” signs. Texas leads the nation in vehicle/animal collisions. When you drive in rural areas, use extra caution for Bambi!
7. You drive friendly on side roads and then it turns to Texas Motor Speedway on any freeway. It’s all fun and games on the country back roads but when you are on the freeway…remember…BE STRONG!
6. You are the one that plans ahead when traffic merges, but others will not. If you are that driver who will ask for courtesy to merge at the last minute…expect the ugly stare.
5. You know how to pronounce street names and town names that are certainly not spoken the way they are spelled.
4. You know if you have to choose between shady or close when choosing a parking place…Shady Wins in Texas. Because if you do not park in the shade and if you have leather seats…I cannot even explain how sorry you will be for sitting down.
3. You’ve developed a sixth sense when driving in Texas because no one seems to use turn signals. Your mind reading skills have sharpened! You can sense when someone wants to merge, or exit, or especially to pass. “Wait! This car is slowing down. I guess they want to turn here.” What signal? You expected a signal?
2. You are not caught by surprise by Texas roads that can have two names. Yes! Some roads are called one name toward the east and another name toward the west or perhaps two names at the same time. Example: Northwest Highway and Loop 12 in Dallas.
1. You understand the color of the signal lights. Red means stop and yellow means “Let’s go people!”. It’s not a game of chicken or a race to see how many cars can get through the yellow light. Red = Stop, Green = Go!
Be careful wherever you live…don’t ever take chances when on the road and follow all of the driving rules!
However…when in Texas…don’t drive too fast…don’t drive too slow…and don’t forget to wave “thank you”!!