How To Drive Chicago: Roll Stop Signs

15. Drive. Go ahead and roll through stop signs. Yeah. That’s right. I said it. Unless, of course, there are other cars or pedestrians present, duh.  The number of stop signs in the city is stratospheric and the constant starting and stopping can’t be good for a car.  And city police have way too much going on to plant themselves near an intersection looking for offenders like they do in the suburbs. 

Nevertheless please, please do not speed down side streets. There are children everywhere and an accident/manslaughter is waiting to happen. I don’t care how quickly you have to be somewhere.  It is not worth it. Drive cautiously down side streets always looking for children playing on sidewalks or between cars. Nothing will ruin your happy go lucky day like murdering a child with your crossover. 

How to Drive Chicago: Red Light Cameras

Welcome to February (best month of the year).

5. Drive.  Want to avoid every red light camera ticket for the rest of your life? Simple. When approaching an intersection turn your attention to the oncoming pedestrian crossing sign. Almost all intersections now give you a giant orange countdown to when your traffic light will turn yellow. Ideal for knowing when to gun it and go for it or when to hit the brakes.  If your car’s front tires enter the intersection (which is usually designated with a thick white stripe) anytime before that light turns red, no ticket can be issued. Watch those timers and you’re welcome.  

No timers at your intersection? Then quickly look to see if there’s a red light camera. They are big and black and in the same location at every intersection. Don’t see them? Then breeze on through wary of cross traffic commencing.

Warning, this is where that karma thing may come into play.

How to Drive Chicago: Fight the Urge

2. Drive. When you’re the first car stopped at a red light and another car pulls adjacent to you on the right do not accelerate abnormally just to keep them from getting in front of you. That person is in a rush, or just likes to drive excessively fast. They are going to speed right past you. Let them go. They’re not going to affect your travel time at all. Fight your instinct to not let them in and turn it into a race. Think rationally about it. Let them get out of your way and enjoy your day.