Come on down to the Altanta, Georgia metro area.
My commute takes me on I-20 then I-75, and returning if I-75 is a total shit storm I get to experience the utter joy that is I-285 to get back to I-20.
One day it took me two hours, TWO hours to go 30 miles. Two hours. And my absolute favorite is the changeable speed limit signs on I-285. When a highway speed limit drops to 35MPH that’s a big problem.
But the real problem is we the humans. We’re the last element in the set of things in cars that hasn’t been changed. Oh cars have gotten infinitely safer even little Artemis my Chevy Trax has 8 different air bags in it. That and stability control which I found out can activate the brakes. This tells me my gas and brake pedal have no physical connection to the systems they control. Interesting what this means is my little hardware-software hack – I could in fact make the car more intelligent. Hmmmm.
Anyhow one thing we could do is remember that rule we learned so many years ago – leave at least one car length of distance for every ten mph of speed. So at 35MPH leave 3.5 car lengths, at 75 leave 7.5 and so on. I try to do that and what I note is it makes it easier for other people to merge in because they realized they were in an exit only lane or some such.
The other thing I’ve noticed down here – signals specifically turn signals. Not everyone uses them. I can spot the transplants like me who do use them.