I have mentioned some irritations I have had with other drivers in the past. I feel like once you get your license you have an obligation to not be an idiot when you are on the road. I know it’s hard – especially for the new, teenage drivers, but there are certain things that I feel are crucial if you are going to be driving.
I realize I live in a big city and because of that my road rage has significantly decreased. Yes, decreased. When there are thousands of other drivers around me, I know I can’t get from one place to another without running into at least one douche bag driver. The benefit of living in a big city is that most non-residential streets are two lanes so you never have to stay behind the driver out for their Sunday jaunt on a Tuesday.
There is one type of traffic light that I am never able to get through without screaming “GO!” to the driver in front of me. Most of the on-ramp traffic lights in San Diego allow for two cars to pass per green light to get on the freeway. The lights are only on at high traffic times like morning and evening commutes. I don’t mind the concept of the lights. I know that it prevents thousands of accidents and allows for traffic to move much more smoothly. What bothers me is when a driver takes it upon themselves not to be the 2nd car to go through the light. They stop after the car in front of them goes through and waits for the light to turn green again.
I can say with absolute certainty that there were engineers much smarter than the guy in the Nissan Sentra that decided two cars per light was the appropriate amount to ensure traffic not only got onto the freeway safely, but also didn’t cause a huge backlog to get on the on-ramp.
I refuse to give any benefit of the doubt to these drivers. I still remember the first time I came across one of these lights. I was visiting my brother and friend, Kelley in San Diego sometime in the early 2000’s. I was driving Kelley’s Jeep which made me a little nervous because the car she had before, I did this to:
I had dropped her off at work and was driving to my brother’s house when I encountered this on-ramp light. I read the sign, observed the drivers next to me go through their green light and when it was my turn, did the same. Not rocket science. All that is needed is knowing your colors and the ability to count to two. Technically, Rory can do it.
Today my WTF Wednesday Award goes to all of the drivers who won’t follow the instructions on the sign and be that 2nd car to go through the green light.As for the milestone, today is my 150th blog post! Who would have thought I would have made it this far? Not me! I’m pretty excited about it so I’m going to have a giveaway. Not for this milestone, but for my 200th post. I haven’t decided what it’s going to be or how I’m going to do it, but one lucky reader will get something awesome. Sorry for that let down, but it just occurred to me.