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    OT: Traffic

    So, I'm heading down to Tucson Friday for the Kentucky Camp race, and I need to drive through Phoenix. Any particular time in the morning (besides very early) when traffic won't be too nuts?

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    Depending on where you need to go to in Tucson consider taking Hwy 79.

    Doesn't take much longer and avoids some hazardous 1-10 driving, and is way way more pleasant a drive. Friday afternoon is usually busy on I-10 and there is some construction before Marana.

    As you near Casa Grande, take 387 East over the mountains to 87 then on past Coolidge through Florence where you would pick up Hwy 79 to Tucson.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    So, I'm heading down to Tucson Friday for the Kentucky Camp race, and I need to drive through Phoenix. Any particular time in the morning (besides very early) when traffic won't be too nuts?
    On any Friday it is gonna be a bit nuts but there is usually a bit of a lull between 9-11.
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    Thanks folks, I'm quite the country bumpkin in this respect.

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    I would say 9-2 is generally free of traffic.

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    Watch the speedtraps on 79. I had to talk my way out of one last time I drove it. Lots of ups and downs in and out of washes...
    Last edited by dobbs; 12-05-2007 at 12:06 PM.

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    Best time to drive in Phoenix is 9:30am to 11:00am. Morning rush hour is over and the lunch drivers aren't out yet. The early afternoons are a bit worse than the mornings, what with school starting to get out and all. Beware in the morning of slow moving vehicles. Every retired person gets on the roads in the mid-morning due to the lack of traffic.

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    1. You must first learn to pronounce the city name, it is: FEE-NICKS'. There are other names to learn such as Awatukee (Ah-wa-Too-Kee) but that will be included in the advanced course.

    2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00 pm. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

    3. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph. On Loop 101, your speed is expected to at least match the highway number. Anything less is considered 'Wussy'.

    4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Phoenix has its own version of traffic rules. For example, cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires go second. However, East Valley, SUV-driving, cell phone-talking moms ALWAYS have the right of way.

    5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended, cussed out, and possibly shot.

    6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It's another offense that can get you shot.

    7. Road construction is permanent and continuous in Phoenix. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting.

    8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, skunks, dogs, barrels, cones, cows, horses, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, squirrels, rabbits, crows, vultures, javelinas, roadrunners, and the coyotes feeding on any of these items.

    9. Maricopa Freeway, Papago Freeway and the 'I-10' are the same road. SR202 is the same road as The Red Mountain FWY. Dunlap and Olive are the same street too. Jefferson becomes Washington, but they are not the same street. SR 101 is also the Pima FWY except west of I-17, which is also The Black Canyon FWY, and The Veterans Memorial HWY. Lastly, Thunderbird Rd. becomes Cactus Rd. but, Cactus Rd. doesn't become Thunderbird Rd. because it dead ends at a mountain.

    10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been 'accidentally activated.

    11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55-65 mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be 'flipped off' accordingly. If you return the flip, you'll be shot.

    12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands.
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