Americans are an orderly people. I’m from a country where getting in a train seems to be a chance to get a step higher on the food chain, but Americans have developed a nice little system. They’ll wait for others to get off, and only then walk inside. It’s really miraculous. Instead of elbowing your way through common men and commuters, a sort of equality presents itself in public transport (I mean Chicago O’Hare’s trolly trains, people here are afraid to let me on the bus, because of the general public that takes buses).
One of the things that makes this crystal clear, is the stop sign. A stop sign along the road means any car has to stop, wait for the first car that drove up to the crossing to move on and in that order everybody will ever get to their destination. It’s a perfect system in the States, for only one reason: cars always stop. If it’s 3am, the middle of a quiet neighborhood and you haven’t seen a car in the last half hour, you’d still stop. I’d guess if the zombie apocalypse ever breaks out, stop signs are a perfect place to wait for cars of fresh meat pulling up. I have never seen someone not stopping. I do realize I make Americans sound like nerds right now, but opposed to the Dutch way of Darwinising traffic, I really like it.