Boston Driving

The reason for some of the variation between Boston drivers and the rest of the country is due to the progressive Massachusetts Driver Education Manual. Some of the Tips for Better Driving are worth considering, to wit:

"When competing for a section of road or a parking space, remember that the vehicle in need of the most body work has the right-of-way."

"Although it is altogether possible to fit a 6' car into a 6' parking space, it is hardly ever possible to fit a 6' car into a 5' parking space."

"Teenage drivers believe that they are immortal, and drive accordingly. Nevertheless, you should avoid the temptation to prove them wrong."

"When travelling on a one-way street, stay to the right, so as not to interfere with oncoming traffic."

"Learning to change lanes takes time and patience. The best recommendation that can be made is to got to a Celtics [basketball] game; study the fast break and then go out and practice it on the highway."

"Never bump a baby carriage out of a crosswalk unless the kid's really asking for it."

"Directional signals are generally not used except during vehicle inspection; however, a left-turn signal is appropriate when making a U-turn on a divided highway."

"When paying tolls, remember that it is necessary to release the quarter a full 3 seconds before passing the basket if you are traveling more than 60 MPH."

As wild as driving in Boston proper is, the suburbs around ole' Bean-Town are equally exciting. For example:


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lic Sunday, February 8, 1998