Shaking Fist at You, LA - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Shaking Fist at You, LA

August 22, 2011


Warning: Generalizations and grumpy language ahead.

Driving our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport reminds me of Paris since I saw a number of 500s there buzzing like mad around the city. And in Paris, each vehicle danced around each other with such speed and amazingly never crashed; controlled chaos.

Unfortunately, in L.A. we could never hope to drive that way. Even though our city is a car culture, we don't take driving all that seriously. And driving the 500 in rush-hour traffic just pissed me off that we don't. Especially when it seems like traffic could be eased a bit if folks simply paid attention. Then I wouldn't have to work so hard to get home in a timely manner.

A lot of you probably feel this way, too, in your respective areas but it's frustrating feeling like you're one of a very few people in a huuuge city that pays attention while behind the wheel. Just looking around at other drivers during the commute I see folks texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, chatting with their passengers, sightseeing, putting on makeup (!), taking curlers out of their hair (wha-?!) ...and this is when the traffic is MOVING. How about just keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel, people?

Since traffic seems worse in the evening, I seriously believe that they check out when they get on the road after work because maybe it was a long day and they don't feel like thinking anymore. So why not just slowwwly make their way to the far left lane so they don't have to contend with merging traffic, they seem to say to themselves. Argh!

In any case, it really makes it hard to enjoy driving a go-kart like the Fiat...or any car for that matter. /rant

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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