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2013 Dodge Dart: This Is How You Drive

April 15, 2013

2013 Dodge Dart

Confession: I'm very picky about how people drive. Basically, hands at 9 and 3, always pass on the left and always look ahead. Amazingly there's a bunch of people who don't know any of this. Cough::Angelenos::cough. Well, last weekend I was passenger to one such person. He drives with both wrists at the 12 o'clock position and also sticks to the speed limit (driving 70 mph in a 70-mph zone, but I tried not to be too mad at that since he probably was just worried about fuel economy). ANYway, you're probably wondering what this has to do with our 2013 Dodge Dart.

After four days of his driving, I needed to let loose, so I jumped behind the wheel of our Dart. Leaving work a bit early there was still some traffic, but it was light enough that I was able to dance around the slow drivers. I was impressed by how well the Dart handled itself, even if my esteemed colleague Brent Romans was underwhelmed by it in that respect. It may not have impressed him on the twisties but it didn't let me down when I just wanted to DRIVE around slow movers quickly.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor


Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    You guys crack me up with the way you rag on people that stick to the speed limits. Mind you, I consider driving with the wrists at 12 o'clock at 70mph tantamount to attempted murder on everyone within sight.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Criticizing people about not braking the law? Either way, being in a hurry is overrated. Leave early, enjoy the drive (Get off the road rage highway) and laugh at all the idio.. -people driving like, well... You get my point.

  • rem83 rem83 Posts:

    Hate to break it to you guys, but driving the speed limit when traffic is moving 10 - 20 mph faster than the speed limit is downright dangerous, particularly if you're not in the right-most lane. If you feel traffic is moving too quickly, you should probably take surface streets.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    LA is nuts. I used to live there, and returned recently on vacation. A driver behind me honked because I came to a full stop at a red signaled right turn lane. Lots of random honking on Ventura Boulevard, presumably because drivers were warning eachother not to drop below the speed limit. I even saw a billboard reading "Stop Honkageddon!"

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    What cracks me up are the guidos who drive with their left hand only at 1 o'clock with their thumb extended and right elbow on the center armrest. Can't wait until the airbag fires and smashes their arm into their empty heads.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @jederino I get honked at here in Vegas because I do not creep while at a red light. I think people creep in a vain attempt to assert their control. When I'm dictator that attitude will be grounds for instant licence suspension.:)

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