What is the most infuriating thing El Paso drivers do?

As often as we're all on the road, it's a safe assumption someone behind the wheel has ticked you off.

I’m out there every day and most days at least one ignorant or inconsiderate fool has made me want to punch a baby. Of course, I never would, I mean, babies are adorable and all that, but that’s how infuriated driving on the mean streets of El Paso can make me feel.

Like the other day, I saw a girl reading her texts while driving down Mesa at 40 m.p.h. Can you believe that?

She barely looked up once in half-a-block. I got so mad I put down the delicious taco I was eating, stopped fiddling with my car radio, manually rolled down my window, and yelled at her.

Horrible drivers here, I tell you. Some days I have to forego driving altogether just to give my middle finger some much needed rest.

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When I posed the question at the top of the page to my radio listeners, the responses were varied and the offenses numerous.

Liliana Martinez
When the light turns green and they sit there like waiting for a damn invitation to go

Christine Galindo
Exiting the freeway from the middle lane.

Henry Serna
Blocking the intersection

Clyde Gonzalez
When making a turn and they weave to opposite side before turn like if they were driving an 18-wheeler.

Carmen Otero
When they use their signals to turn right at the last minute…or don’t use them at all…and when they forget to turn off their signal lights on the street and you have to wait or give them room to switch lane…and they don’t switch lane.

Lissa Marie
When there's two lanes to turn and they don't know which is their proper lane and end up in yours. You honk and tell em off and they look at you like they didn't do anything wrong!

The list goes on and on.

#1 Most Infuriating

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Most agreed that by far and away the most infuriating thing El Paso drivers do is trying to get cuts where a lane is closing.

When they see a sign that says ‘Left Lane closed ahead’ BUT STILL USE THE LEFT LANE AND EXPECT ME TO LET THEM IN EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW THE LANE WAS CLOSING

Several people made a case for it being the correct way to merge referencing something called ‘zipper merging’. Zipper Merging as described by the New York Times is when “drivers use both lanes until just before one ends, then merge like the teeth of a zipper coming together: one from this side, one from that side.”

Traffic experts agree that’s the right way to do it. But the right way doesn’t mean its our way.

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