The Streets of Greensboro

Fair Warning: This has been on my mind for a long time, and it’s not meant to demean or offend anyone. If you easily take offense to this topic, don’t read my rant. Otherwise, continue on…
Personal rant:
When I moved to Greensboro, there has been a couple things that have driven me nuts in the last couple years. One of them is the countless number of times that people shift without using their turn signals. The other is the tinting on cars. Last and but not least, is the fact that new roads have no reflectors.


The turn signal thing drives me nuts. To drive here, you have to pay attention to everything around you at all times since you’re never sure if the guy right to you decides it’s his time to shift into your lane. I have no clue why people don’t like to give fair warning with the signal, but obviously they’ve never taken defensive driving classes. I could swear up and down that it’s illegal to do also (although a minor infraction) but no cop in the South will ever get you for turn signals.
Speaking of cops in the South, they also won’t pull you over and ticket you for dark tint. Countless number of cars on the street are registered in Guilford county (the little red and blue sticker) and yet they have tint that would never be legal in this state. “What are you talking about, you ask?” When I moved here, I spent approximately $250 getting my car re-tinted since I had approximately 49 degree tinting for the Arizona sun. Law here states that cars can only have less than 35 degrees and I couldn’t pass my emissions until that happened. Weird thing is, trucks/SUVs can go as far as mirror tinting, but a car has to follow this law. What kind of stupid law is that?
In any case, it would definitely be prudent to chase after cars that don’t have legal tinting. In February of 2002, I had a minor accident. When I was getting my car door re-built, the lady at the place told me that there was a car they were doing where the driver was charged with negligence because the tinting was too dark and they hit someone else and caused some bodily injury. It’s too bad that there is a tint law, but only a few emission stations actually follow the rules and no one bothers to enforce it.
Last of all, the reflectors. I noticed a while back that all the new paved roads don’t have reflectors down even when there was some before on the old road. Why? I have no clue. Unfortunately when it rains in Greensboro, the painted lines reflect the headlights of cars and you can’t tell which side of the road you’re on. To add insult to injury, a lot of people have no clue how to drive in… yes.. rain. Mostly SUVs are at fault, just like in snow season where they think 4-wheel drive means you can drive 70mph. Not always, but usually. What gives me the right to say this? Please. I grew up in Seattle.
Oh well. I don’t believe this will ever be changed. Yet I can’t help but speak up about it. Perhaps maybe some with the local media contacts would be interested, but I doubt it. Too bad.
End rant.

  • Amen on the light reflecting off the painted lines in the rain. This is a horrible problem everywhere in the city. From what I understand, other places add some sort of a glass granule to their road paint to make it reflective and visible at night and in the rain. Apparently Greensboro is too cheap to do this. I wonder how many accidents this has caused.

  • Amen on the light reflecting off the painted lines in the rain. This is a horrible problem everywhere in the city. From what I understand, other places add some sort of a glass granule to their road paint to make it reflective and visible at night and in the rain. Apparently Greensboro is too cheap to do this. I wonder how many accidents this has caused.

  • All I wonder is. Is it too much to ask for the bumpy reflectors? This isn’t just Greensboro mind you. It’s EVERYWHERE. Obviously they have the same contractors working on the local roads as I-40 (as I understand, took forever to get opened up to four lanes). I guarantee that if this happened back home in Seattle, hell would have broken loose and Bill Gates would be leading the charge himself.

  • All I wonder is. Is it too much to ask for the bumpy reflectors? This isn’t just Greensboro mind you. It’s EVERYWHERE. Obviously they have the same contractors working on the local roads as I-40 (as I understand, took forever to get opened up to four lanes). I guarantee that if this happened back home in Seattle, hell would have broken loose and Bill Gates would be leading the charge himself.

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