It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 1

Clogging the passing lane Why is it that Arizona snowbirds like to cruise in the passing lane, at or way below the speed limit? Arizona has a “Move Over” law, as do almost all of the states and Canadian provinces you’ll see on license plates here in the desert during the winter months. This headline from a Canadian newspaper article earlier … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 2

Driving slow/scared to death in the HOV lane This might be news to some people, but having a passenger in the car doesn’t force people to drive in the HOV lane. This is especially problematic when there’s heavy traffic, and the only thing holding up the HOV lane is a snowbird who’s absolutely scared to death. With a dozen cars behind them, … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 3

Going the wrong way on one-way streets Going the wrong way on the highway is bad enough but,how is it even possible to turn the wrong way onto a one-way street? How does it happen all the time? The one way, do not enter, and no turn signs seem to make it clear enough, but other cars parked on the side … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 4

 Making a phalanx with fellow slow drivers If people want to drive below the speed limit, that’s fine — really. However, do you think anyone’s ever noticed when there’s no traffic in front of them, then looked in the rear-view mirror (not) and noticed that there’s a mile’s worth of cars behind them, because they’re going 10 mph under the  posted speed … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 5

Falling asleep at Red Lights We all get stuck at a red light. It’s not a death sentence. It’s going to change in a minute. Instead, snowbirds are pulling out Clive Cussler’ latest book, or looking around for something they dropped 20 miles ago, and act like they’re completely surprised that a traffic light would change at some point, and … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 6

Unobservant of all the mirrors on the vehicle There’s big mirrors on each side of the car, and there’s one right in the frikin front of your face. You’ll see a lot of snowbirds even have the extra, “fish-eye” mirror on the sides to see in their blind spots. Yet, as you may have noticed, those mirrors don’t work when … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 7

Trying to merge onto the highway at 45 mph All modern vehicles can accelerate to 65 mph at the drop of a hat. If a Prius can do it, any snowbird’s car can do it. Yet, while everyone’s cruising at 75 mph or more, one person decides that everyone needs to slow down by 40 mph, because they didn’t feel … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 8

Coming to a complete stop to change lanes on the road So, there’s a long, long, slow line of cars in the right-hand lane, where people are trying to exit, usually onto a ramp onto another highway. Some people just can’t figure out how to get into that line unless someone puts it out on a silver platter for them. … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits # 9

Attempting suicide in the “suicide lane” Snowbirds who have any confusion at all about the “center turning lane,” or reversible lane, should not use it. This is where the center lane is reserved for one direction of traffic in the AM commute into Phoenix,and the other direction during the PM commute out of Phoenix.   Phoenix has two of these — … Read More

It’s that time again – The 10 Worst Snowbird Driving Habits #10

Turning right to go left It’s an SUV, not a semi-trailer. There is literally  no reason to turn the wheel left to make a right turn, and there’s no reason to turn the wheel right to make a left turn, unless we’re talking about a drifting competition. There are few things scarier than cruising down a surface street at 50 … Read More