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10 Basic Tips to Drive in Miami

Ines Hegedus-Garcia
ines@miamism.com

Due to recent events involving a few minor car accidents in Miami, I decided to republish this article to lighten up the atmosphere (timeless piece, originally written on January 6, 2008). One of the main complaints we hear from people relocating to Miami is that they can't deal with Miami drivers so Rick and I came up with the perfect solution......If you can't beat them, join them!

10 Basic Tips to Drive in Miami

Here are some basics you'll need to learn to be able to drive in Miami without loosing your mind. These should make the transition  much easier and once you start practicing, you will feel right at home.

1.   Never, under any circumstance, drive with both hands on the wheel.  (2 hands on the wheel mean "weakness" and they will spot you a mile away).

2.   Make sure you have a cell phone on one ear.  (hands-free devices are for wimps)

3.   Use the other hand to do either of the following:  women can apply make-up or pluck eyebrows and men can shave or pick their nose.

4.   Never, under any circumstance use your blinker (turn signal) - we like surprises here in Miami, just change lanes without notice and the other drivers will respond with friendly signs.

5.   If you are on the highway and cars are passing you on the left, make sure you move over to the furthest left lane to slow traffic down......this should upset plenty of drivers, just smirk and wave if you dare.

6.   Sign language not only is acceptable but it is expected, only keep in mind that some drivers do pack heat, you may find yourself chasing bullets.

7.   Don't ever turn right from the right lane, add excitement to your life - being in the wrong lane to turn is more acceptable.

8.   Yellow light means PUNCH IT!! Slow down and you WILL cause an accident!

9.   If you see a police car, don't drive patiently behind them, speed up and pass them as quickly as you can while waving with the hand holding the cell phone.

10.   If you ever get stopped by the police, don't start making excuses.  Miami police love the truth - just tell them to hurry up with the ticket, you have places to go and people to meet.

So stop complaining, be a little more assertive with your driving and soon enough you will not understand how you were able to drive anywhere else.  Driving in Miami will feel like home.


Jeff Turner 2nd February, 2009

These will also work in Los Angeles.

Ines Hegedus-Garcia 2nd February, 2009

Go figure! :) (could it be the latin influence?)

Molly McMahan 17th December, 2009

Oh this explains so much. Over fall break we drove to MU so my son could get a soccer t-shirt and I almost had a breakdown and that is because I broke every rule (almost on this list)!

I was also driving a huge white econo conversion van-with University of Kentucky stickers all over it (my dad's "guy" van)and out of state plates...I was a total target!

Ines Hegedus-Garcia 17th December, 2009

Ha Ha Molly!! sorry you were a target :)

Diego 21st January, 2010

Yes. Could be the latin influence. But i see any kind of people breaking the rules. Nobody drives at 55 on I95. You will be the slower if you go at 55.

I'm a latino and i'm thankfull to this country and this city for the chances i had. So, i respect the rules.

But a lot of people came from other countries where they didn't have a car, neither a horse. And they can have a car here because they had the chance. They should respect the rules. I don't care if an american drives like crazy. But when you are a guest, you must be respectful.

Ines Hegedus-Garcia 21st January, 2010

Diego, I think the speed limit on I-95 was increased to 65 ...just sayin' :)

Ines Hegedus-Garcia 23rd May, 2012

@lotelama LOL!! You got that right!! Hahaha!

Lore L 23rd May, 2012

You never want to give pedestrians the right of way, because thats a dead give away to the car jackers that youre an out of towner :)

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