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Daniel Sigmon's dream of a Smart Car

One of Daniel Sigmon’s favorite drives takes him across the new Torrey Pines bridge.
One of Daniel Sigmon’s favorite drives takes him across the new Torrey Pines bridge.

Name: Daniel Sigmon

Vehicle: 2004 Pontiac Vibe

How do you feel about your car? I actually like it quite a bit. This is hard because I don’t care about cars. My dream is not to have to drive a car, but a scooter. To save gas. Plus, scooters are awesome. Either that or a Smart car. Boy, do I dream of driving a Smart car.

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What do you do while you drive? I prefer listening to my own music from my phone. I hooked up an auxiliary cable to my radio going directly into my iPhone so I didn’t have to listen to the radio. Ever.

Have you noticed anything special about San Diego drivers? San Diego drivers know what blinkers are for. Once, I was driving in North Carolina, and I turned my blinker on to change lanes. The driver next to me honked their horn and slammed on the brakes. I don’t know. I was, like, really? I think they thought I was about to cut them off. I heard the horn and I looked in my mirror and I saw the car, like, very quickly make space for me. It was pretty crazy.

Do you have any accident stories or ticket stories? I hit a Lexus exiting a parking lot while trying to eat a sandwich once. That’s a story. [Also] I got hit by this young chick in a Camaro. I was driving my 1993 Audi, and I got rear-ended by this girl who asked if we could ignore the issue because her dad said that if she got in another accident he would take her license away. I let her off the hook that time. My sister said I should have asked for a date, at least, but I didn’t. It’s fine. No, I mean, it did work out. It’s all right that I didn’t get a date. My wife is scolding me.

What’s your favorite drive in San Diego? I like driving starting in Hillcrest going through Balboa Park into downtown. I like driving the PCH [Pacific Coast Highway], driving through La Jolla, up to Torrey Pines.

Where do you experience the worst traffic? 163. Going south on the 163, going toward the 8 in the evening. Especially in the evening. Don’t like it.

What’s your favorite shortcut? It’s hard to pick out a specific shortcut, because shortcuts really depend on the time of day that you’re driving and the route that you’re taking. Going down to the 163, depending on the traffic, I can either take Washington Street to get home or I can take the 8, up to Texas Street to get home. It really depends on the traffic.

Do you use any “real life” shortcuts? If you have a room-temperature beer and you want to drink it cold and you want to drink it soon, you can soak a paper towel in water, wrap it around the bottle, and put it in the freezer. It cools down in, like, 15 minutes, instead of forever.

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One of Daniel Sigmon’s favorite drives takes him across the new Torrey Pines bridge.
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Name: Daniel Sigmon

Vehicle: 2004 Pontiac Vibe

How do you feel about your car? I actually like it quite a bit. This is hard because I don’t care about cars. My dream is not to have to drive a car, but a scooter. To save gas. Plus, scooters are awesome. Either that or a Smart car. Boy, do I dream of driving a Smart car.

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What do you do while you drive? I prefer listening to my own music from my phone. I hooked up an auxiliary cable to my radio going directly into my iPhone so I didn’t have to listen to the radio. Ever.

Have you noticed anything special about San Diego drivers? San Diego drivers know what blinkers are for. Once, I was driving in North Carolina, and I turned my blinker on to change lanes. The driver next to me honked their horn and slammed on the brakes. I don’t know. I was, like, really? I think they thought I was about to cut them off. I heard the horn and I looked in my mirror and I saw the car, like, very quickly make space for me. It was pretty crazy.

Do you have any accident stories or ticket stories? I hit a Lexus exiting a parking lot while trying to eat a sandwich once. That’s a story. [Also] I got hit by this young chick in a Camaro. I was driving my 1993 Audi, and I got rear-ended by this girl who asked if we could ignore the issue because her dad said that if she got in another accident he would take her license away. I let her off the hook that time. My sister said I should have asked for a date, at least, but I didn’t. It’s fine. No, I mean, it did work out. It’s all right that I didn’t get a date. My wife is scolding me.

What’s your favorite drive in San Diego? I like driving starting in Hillcrest going through Balboa Park into downtown. I like driving the PCH [Pacific Coast Highway], driving through La Jolla, up to Torrey Pines.

Where do you experience the worst traffic? 163. Going south on the 163, going toward the 8 in the evening. Especially in the evening. Don’t like it.

What’s your favorite shortcut? It’s hard to pick out a specific shortcut, because shortcuts really depend on the time of day that you’re driving and the route that you’re taking. Going down to the 163, depending on the traffic, I can either take Washington Street to get home or I can take the 8, up to Texas Street to get home. It really depends on the traffic.

Do you use any “real life” shortcuts? If you have a room-temperature beer and you want to drink it cold and you want to drink it soon, you can soak a paper towel in water, wrap it around the bottle, and put it in the freezer. It cools down in, like, 15 minutes, instead of forever.

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