After another weekend driving around town doing various chores, including having the snow tires installed on my car, I have come to the conclusion that some drivers will just never get it. I have a 2011 Hyundai Elantra. It came with many standard features including a full set (i.e. both left and right) of turn indicators. I see many other cars, much pricier and fancier than mine, that either don’t include this as standard and the owners didnt’t opt for the turn signal feature, or are driven by folks who don’t know they have them installed, because they’re sure not using them!
But what is just as annoying as a driver who assumes you know what he or she is going to do, is the driver who follows the rules of the road and does indicate a turn, but does so at the last moment. On a four-lane, two-way street if you’re in the left lane at a red light and you are going to turn left please indicate that in a timely manner so I have enough time to signal and move into the right lane. This way those cars behind you won’t have to wait for the oncoming traffic to ease so you can turn and they can go straight – just a little consideration please!
And my last observation is the crossing of solid lines to turn left into a shopping centre. Not far from where I live is a particularly popular grocery store. It has a fairly good size parking lot with attendants to monitor any spats that may, and do, erupt. The entrance and egress from said parking lot are solely via a right-hand turn in, or out. That means if you are on the other side of the street there is only one way to get in legally, go around the block and approach correctly. Otherwise you will be making a left-hand turn across double solid lines. Not one solid line, but two. Many years ago when I took driver education, we were taught to treat these solid lines as if they were concrete barriers.
What amazes me is the number of people who apparently genuinely don’t understand that you can’t cross solid lines to turn into a commercial parking lot. (As the graphic above from the Montreal Police shows, an exception exists for private driveways). From time to time the police will stop a driver in mid-turn and issue the ticket. But on more occasions the infraction is let go. I suppose it is one of those things like double-parking that would consume almost all the police time were it to be enforced (and imagine what companies such as FedEx, UPS and Purolator would do if double-parking was enforced – they’d be out of business.)