I live in a city with a population of roughly 193,000 people. With the economic stability of our province this population has been increasing steadily over the past several years. Of course, the increase in population has created more traffic and there are more and more horrid drivers on the road. Every single day I am amazed at the stupidity I see on the roads.
So, to all of you horrible drivers, and sadly most of you don’t know who you are so don’t bother trying to figure out just yet if you fit into that category, just keep reading and you might figure it out, here are a few pointers:
Signal lights – I know they are confusing to you. With all the blinking and clicking and what not and trying to figure out if down is left or down is right. Let me explain how it works – Decide which way your are turning or which lane you would like to move into. Now, and this is important, BEFORE you turn or change lanes put on your signal light. Doing it after is rather pointless. The whole reason for using signal lights is to signal your intent to do something so the drivers around you can anticipate what you are going to do. Oh and down is left and up is right. Ok, go it?
Stop signs are for stopping. They don’t mean slow down slightly and proceed or even slow down quite a bit and proceed. They mean stop. I don’t think it gets any easier than that.
A red light also means stop. It doesn’t matter if you intend to turn right on that red light, you still have to stop first. Turning right on a red light does not give you a free pass on the stopping part.
When you are turning, remain in the lane you started in before you turned. I don’t care if you are making a left turn and then need to turn right in the next block – you started in the left lane, you stay in the left lane.
You are no more important than any other driver on the road. It is no more important for you to get to where you are going than it is for me or anyone else. I don’t care if your vehicle is big or expensive or fast. Unless you are driving an ambulance, a fire truck or a police car, slow the $^#*% down!
Parking lots are not free-for-alls! The rules of the road also apply to parking lots. It’s as if some drivers take that entrance into the mall and that part of their brain that stores rules and common sense temporarily turns to mush. Oh and don’t take up two parking spots. If your car is really that precious to you leave it at home and take the bus.
On a multilane highway the general rule is “keep right except to pass“. Again, I know it’s confusing with the right and left and all so maybe you should get some of those stickers that little kids use in their shoes to help them identify right and left. Just a thought….
If you absolutely insist on talking on your cell phone in the car, at the very least use a hands free device. Even better, pull over or just don’t use it at all. Studies show that the use of hands free devices really doesn’t cut down the distraction factor much. And for crying out loud do not text and drive. It amazes me that people who swear they would never drink and drive have no problem texting while they drive. The impairment on your driving is the same. Also apply this rule to eating, reading, putting on make up, etc. Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road!