Winnipeg drivers, Winnipeg
If you are driving around Winnipeg, BE CAREFUL AND ALERT. Winnipeg drivers are among the worst in the world. Drivers will:
-Hardly ever use turn signals
-Run red lights
-Not stop at 4-way stop signs
-Cut you off
If you are driving in Winnipeg beware! The roads can be treacherous, in spring potholes bloom before the snow is completely gone. Winter roads are can be simply horrid, especially if you haven't driven in icy conditions before.
In addition to the road conditions the local drivers have interesting habits. It is almost forbidden to use your turn signals other than to trick the other drivers. If, by accident you do bump the turn signals on, you must leave them on for at least 10 minutes. Also, feel no need to rush lane selection, it is quite fine to straddle 2 until one appears the better choice. And finally, no, that guy is Not waving at you! ;o)
At one time, long ago, Winnipeg drivers were amongst the best in Canada. A lot has changed since then. You will find every time you get behind the wheel you will encounter things like people using two lanes as one. Lack of turning signals. Drivers stopping in a travelling lane to let passengers in or out, seldom occurs to them, that's what the curb lane is for. Drivers turning left or right from two lanes out. Drivers stopping at green lights like it was a stop sign. Drivers sitting at green lights long after it changed from red. Drivers coming to a complete stop before making a turn and then making the turn at a snails pace. Drivers travelling blocks with their left hand turning signal on, then suddenly turning right. In summer the roads are riddled with pot holes on every single street and in winter due to bad road clearing habits by the city of Winnipeg, read, never down to the pavement, moguls form on all streets including main arteries, that rival the Olympic mogul courses. But one of the most dangerous concerns here deals with idiot pedestrians walking on the roads instead of using the sidewalks, when the sidewalks are clear. I've even encountered mothers pushing strollers downs roads with babies in them, and I mean in the middle so road, and not paying any attention to traffic. I'm sure this stems from the city of Winnipeg not clearing sidewalks in the winter so pedestrians are forced to use the roads to walk on. This has turned into a habit, whereas they continue the habit throughout the entire year. If you drive in Winnipeg, you will surely be using a lot of foul language hurled at other drivers. F?...?ing idiot comes to mind. Not that you'll be rolling your window down to direct it at someone, as you'll be hoarse by the time you get to your destination, rather a lot of internal dialogue.
There have been comments regarding the lack of ability of winnipeg drivers. Definitley NOT the worst drivers! you can actually boogie along quite well if you pay attention (which is what you're supposed to do when driving!) Winnipeg is a huge city of 700,000+ people, so if you're a chronic "sunday driver", getting around can be tricky, yes, but mostly people are very considerate of others on the road. So don't let all the negative reviews scare you! Just bear in mind, you are in a big city that has to move fast to get to where they're going. If you go into any major city I'm confident that you will find the drivers are very similar. It's when you get small town people that aren't used to any amount of traffic that you run into problems!! but once they figure it out, they boogie along with the rest with no problems.