I moved here from California just over a year ago and was surprised to find that Utah drivers are worse than California drivers. They are more aggressive, less careful and more dangerous to other road users. The ONLY good thing is that it’s very rare to see someone get flipped off – I’m guessing that is mostly due to the old adage of ‘An armed society is a polite society’.
If you are new to the Beehive State here are some rules that will help you fit in:
- Speed – all the time. It’s your right.
- Don’t slow down for congestion. See #1.
- When entering the highway, merge IMMEDIATELY to the fast lane. Those drivers in front of you are too slow.
- Is there someone in front of you? Pass them no matter what speed they are going.
- Are there double lines on the road? See #4
- Are you pulling a trailer? See #5 then #4
- Turning left across a road? Just do it – that approaching driver will slow down.
- Stop in the crosswalk. Pedestrians are wimps.
- Right turn on red after stop in Utah? Yes. But drop the ‘after stop’ part.
- Driving a pickup? Jack it up. Then jack it up again.