Driving in Tyler - there really is nothing like it. People talk about what it's like driving in big cities like Dallas or Houston, but Tyler is a world of it's own. And this recent winter storm has made things worse, so we're putting out these commandments to both stay safe and keep everyone happy.

I guarantee that anyone reading this who has driven the Loop 323 (or Troup, Old Jacksonville) during rush hour, or down Broadway during Christmas season knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Here are the Ten Commandments of Driving in Tyler:

1. If the roads are icy or wet, just don’t bother driving at all.

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People in Tyler already have issues driving when it's sunny out, add a little bit of weather and everyone forgets everything they ever knew about driving.

2. Make sure you learn how to use a blinker.

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What is this “blinker” I speak of? It’s the thing that alerts other drivers that you are turning. Don’t worry, most drivers in Tyler don’t know what it is either.

3. Remember, the left lane is the fast lane.

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It would save a lot of irritation if fast drivers stayed in the left lane, and slow drivers in the right. There’s no need to weave in and out of traffic and cut people off.

4. If the light is red – DON’T KEEP GOING.

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Just because the two cars in front of you kept turning left after the light was red, doesn’t mean you have to do it too.

5. Learn where the speed traps are.

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6. Leave 20 minutes early to get anywhere on time.

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Chances are there will always be some sort of road construction or traffic that makes you late.

7. Do yourself a favor and avoid school zones.

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Drivers are somehow even worse in school zones.


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Whatever it is, it isn’t worth it.

9. Please, don’t go more than five miles under the speed limit.

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Yes, it’s a limit not a minimum, but you’re just going to irritate everyone around you. Now, if you're driving into a minefield, then yes, absolutely go slowly!

10. Make sure you WAVE

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Or somehow acknowledge when someone does something nice. This is my biggest pet peeve. If I let you in front of me or do something to help you out, just show a little appreciation by waving. It doesn’t take anything but a wave to be a nice person.