It’s been a good number of years since I took my driving exam and I do live in a super congested region, but the things I’ve seen lately makes me question when the rules of the road were changed!
My exit from the expressway also serves as an on-ramp. Nothing different there, our Nation is filled with clover leaf ramps for entry and exit from thoroughfares. My exit, however, is rather long. I haven’t measured it, but I would guess it’s close to a quarter mile. Traffic backs up in that particular area, so the sooner I can get into the exit lane the happier I am. It is here that I noticed a trend that simply baffles me. Cars put on their right blinkers and get into the exit lane. At the actual off ramp, or just prior, they will come to a complete stop to get back into traffic. This action holds up those of us who are actually going to exit. Is it really necessary to get ahead of 30 to 40 cars to sit in traffic? When did the driving rules change to accommodate those who must get ahead of everyone else?
Learn to merge. I was behind a car that had LRN2MRG on their tags. I would have laughed but felt it was a message that more drivers should see. Way back when, we were taught to get up to speed and merge into traffic carefully. The speed limits were much higher and traffic wasn’t as congested. I never read the part about the Auto Merge in any driver’s manual. The Auto Merge is what magically happens when your Merge Lane ends – ALL drivers must yield to you! There have been countless times I have left two car lengths of space in front of me for merging traffic. Many times it is passed up to get maybe one car length closer to their destination. It happens when lanes are closed too. For miles you’ve read the signs…Right Lane Closed Ahead…Merge Left. It never fails, drivers continue in the right lane until they are on top of the barricades – Auto Merge.
To go along with the Auto Merge, there’s the Auto Lane Change. A driver turning on their turn signal automatically has the right of way because they SIGNALED! You must slam on your breaks to avoid any collision.
Then we have Distracted Driving. Putting on make-up, texting, reading a newspaper, eating a bowl of cereal, playing a trumpet, etc. That last one, playing a trumpet, was something I witnessed when I first moved to this area. We all are spending more time in our vehicles and it is understandable to believe that you can multitask, but believe me, the majority of drivers have enough difficulties with normal rules of the road.
Perhaps I’ve seen too much. I was behind a woman in the left lane (again, unless someone can site a new regulation for driving slowly in the left lane – it is for going faster) she left 10 car lengths between her and the other car. Drivers were cutting in front of her in a flurry and she would slow to maintain that 10 car lengths. Traffic wouldn’t allow me to get out from behind her and I used every cuss word my father taught me when we worked on cars. Finally, she pulled into the right lane. At a traffic light I could see her bring her mascara wand to her eye and I hit my horn. She jerked the mascara wand to her eye and turned and looked at me…mouthing the word “B_tch”. I smiled and mouthed “Do THAT at home.” That wasn’t very nice of me, but since I haven’t been able to find the latest rules of driving manual…it could be a new rule! If you happen to have a copy of this manual and wouldn't mind lending it to me, please contact me.
What’s your traffic pet peeve? What is the strangest thing you’ve seen while driving?