We, the decent drivers who try to obey the traffic laws for the safety of our fellow man, are watching….
Generally speaking, you do not get to honk at me if I’m in the intersection and you barrel through a stop sign towards me. You also do not get to drive up alongside me and roll down your window and yell something at me. I like to think you are apologizing for not seeing the stop sign and almost killing me. I’d hate to damage the front of your silver Mercedes with a cyclist-shaped imprint and a vehicular assault charge.
US-36 drivers: Since you’re new to these lane markings, I’ll clue you in on something that California drivers have known for a while: DO NOT CROSS DOUBLE WHITE LINES!
Double white lines are the same as double yellow lines in regards to crossing them: DON’T DO IT! The only difference is that the white color indicates that traffic is flowing in the same direction, while yellow indicates traffic flowing in the opposite direction on either side of the line.
Hopefully this information will help you avoid a traffic ticket when entering/exiting the HOT lanes.
We saw this yesterday on the drive home from work.
I like to leave plenty of following distance on the road. Many
drivers American* drivers don’t seem to understand that it makes traffic much safer and, coincidentally, better-flowing when you leave a minimum of two seconds between your front bumper and the rear bumper of the car in front of you. They also don’t seem to understand that leaving a safe distance isn’t the same thing as driving slowly. Once I’m at a safe distance, I drive the same speed as the car in front of me — up to a safe speed which may or may not be over the speed limit.
The simple fact that humans need time to react, however, is lost on the ignorant and angry driver who (this morning) decides to tailgate me in the slow lane, flash his lights, and subsequently boast to me from the exit ramp that he does indeed possess a middle finger. I was shocked, angered, saddened, then eventually resumed my usual lack of faith in humanity.
Sure, sometimes I act stupidly on the road and sometimes I act aggressively. Those times I probably deserve a rude gesture. This time I was doing absolutely nothing provocative other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and had to suffer the wrath of an emotionally uncontrolled person behind the wheel of a 4000-pound weapon because of it.
* Did you know that you can have your license suspended for following too closely on the German Autobahn? Did you also know they have one of the lowest fatality rates on the freeways of areas with similar road systems? Why can’t we put the fear of losing driving privileges into drivers here in the States? Are we so entitled?
It’s official. My mom has a new car. Her new daily driver is a new 2011 white Nissan Leaf SL. New because of the tax rebates, otherwise used would have done just as well. The tax rebates really put things upside-down for EVs. Continue reading “Introducing…”
Attention Broomfield Police Traffic Enforcement: Make some $$$ ticketing impatient drivers who pass on the right shoulder during rush hour.
This has happened to me twice in the past month: I will be driving at the average speed of traffic (i.e. leaving lots of space in front of me to avoid excessive brake usage) during my commute on US-36 from Louisville to Westminster in the afternoon/evening. Agressive/impatient drivers will tailgate me for a while and, unable to avoid the temptation of the open space in front of me, will pass me. Normally I like it when agressive/angry drivers pass me; that way I can keep an eye on their dangerous driving behavior. However recently these drivers are passing me on the right. And not only that, but on the right shoulder! This is quite dangerous and illegal.
I understand my driving style is not for everyone. So go around. Legally. I don’t care if you want to zoom ahead in the space in front of me only to slam on your brakes 500 feet down the road. It’s cool. But I do mind you passing on the right when there is no right lane. That’s not cool. Not cool at all.
So, Broomfield PD Traffic Unit, if you want to write some hefty tickets, just get in US-36 SB lane #2 (the slow lane) in an unmarked unit during rush hour at SH-121 and leave lots of space in front of you. Sooner or later someone will lose their patience and pass you on the right shoulder.