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    Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Detroit has its own
    version of traffic rules. Hold on and pray!

    First you must learn to pronounce the city name. It's Di-troit. NOT
    DEE-troit. If you pronounce it DEE-Troit then we will assume you are
    from Toledo and here for the country Music hoe-down.

    The morning rush hour is from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The evening rush
    hour is from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday's rush hour starts Thursday
    morning. Weekends are open game.

    If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear-ended, and
    possibly shot. If you're first off the starting line when the light turns
    green, count to five before going. This will avoid getting in the way of
    cross-traffic who just ran their yellow light to keep from getting shot.

    Schoenherr can ONLY be properly pronounced by a native of the metro
    Detroit area. That goes for Gratiot too.

    Construction and renovation on I-94, I-96, I-75 and I-275 is a way of
    life. Just deal with it.

    If someone actually has their turn signal on, it is probably a factory
    defect or they are "out-of-towners."

    All old men with white hair wearing a hat have total right-of-way.

    The minimum acceptable speed on I-696 is 85 regardless of the posted
    speeds. Anything less is considered downright SISSY.

    Oh, and don't even think of allowing more than one car length between

    The attractive wrought iron on the windows and doors in Detroit is NOT
    ornamental. "DO NOT get out of your car"

    Never stare at the driver of the car with the bumper sticker that
    says, Keep honking, I'm reloading."

    If you are in the left lane, and only going 70 in a 60 mph zone,
    people are not waving 'because they are so friendly in Detroit.' I would
    suggest you duck.

    I-275 & I-696 is our daily version of NASCAR.

    It's not M-10, it's "the Lodge."

    That's not a lake, it's a pothole.

    If someone tells you it's on Outer Drive, you better hope you have a map.

    The Michigan left turn is simple. If you want to turn left, go a 1/4 of
    a mile past your turn, get to the left, then make a left, then another
    left, then make a right. NOW you have gone left.

    Enjoy Your Trip To Detroit!
    "Blue Oh-Two" (#424)
    Rick's header, Hondata gasket, Mugen thermostat/fan switch, Mugen radiator cap, Aussie mirror, Lucid's rear speakers, Alpine CDA-7893R & KCE-865B, Muz's saddlebag, Windscreen Light, Modifry's glove box organizer and lots of Zaino!

  • #2
    Sounds like a great place to vacation.


    • #3
      On the other hand, Austin is the only place I have ever had a gun pointed at me while driving.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Satisaii
        On the other hand, Austin is the only place I have ever had a gun pointed at me while driving.
        You should have pointed one back....if you aren't carrying your own piece in TX, then you can't be a native.


        • #5
          I keep all of mine in storage. I did not really think that I would need one on the drive to work, and my gf at the time had some anger management issues. Given the number of times she came after me with a big knife, I think I would be dead if there had been a gun in the house.

          I did get the guy's plate number and called the police. Their response was that unless he shoots at me there is nothing they could do. I did consider carrying one after that.
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          Klien Quantum Race


          • #6
            Originally posted by GChambers
            Sounds like a great place to vacation.
            There are some really nice areas in Detroit metro, actually. The freeways and interstates are not one of them. Though, because of how they build their interstates, there are many stretches which are either walled on either side or tunnels - great if you have a nice intake/exhaust setup and a bit of space. Not that I've ever gone 115 down 696 before

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