Monday, September 18, 2017

How to make steam come from my ears

Many things people do on the roads annoy me and have me at times wishing I was a cop but I generally overlook the annoying things and don't go on a murderous rampage. There is one offence that happens that could tip me over the edge though.

Here is the scenario. You are fourth car back waiting to turn right at a fully controlled intersection having patiently waited for two minutes while the lights go through their cycle. Finally you see the green arrow and nothing moves because the person in front is not paying attention. After a blast from someone's horn, they will shoot around the corner at speed, knowing they are guilty of the most heinous crime (probably playing with their phone).

Because you are the fourth car, you have missed the green arrow when you could have caught it had the first car moved once the green arrow came up. You sit there for another two minutes at the traffic lights, all because of the inattention of one tosser playing with their phone. I really could go on a murderous rampage. Crush, kill destroy.

I have decided to 'improve' this post with some personal. As far as I can remember, I have not been guilty of not noticing a traffic light had turned green, except for one occasion. I was in an unfamiliar area and queued to turn right behind other cars facing a red arrow. The arrow turned green and the cars in front moved forward. The arrow went red as I arrived to turn, so I stopped, thinking I would be there for a full cycle of traffic lights. I was gazing around at what there was to see and I failed to notice that the red arrow had gone out. I should have then moved forward into the intersection to turn once the way was clear. Just as the lights turned amber, the car behind me tooted and I realised my mistake. Well, it was too late go now. The car behind should have tooted me when the red arrow went out, not when the lights were changing to red.

PS Some of my recent posts have been a bit iffy. If you don't know what iffy means, you can probably work it out. Perhaps a synonym is doubtful. But, I have reduced my my backlog of posts from 30 to 16, and so there won't be a Flood Friday of half written posts in the near future.

23 comments:

  1. I know what "iffy" means and I wouldn't worry about the minute or two delay you may have caused someone. Sure its either time from your life or theirs, and I hate sitting in traffic, but contemplating "ifs" and should have's" later, when one could be sipping wine or chugging beer, should we, or shouldn't we waste our time thinking on it later. Hmmm, iffy.

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    1. Strayer, yes, we should not all get so het up about such unimportant things, but human beings do.

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  2. I can remember seeing a variation on this. The driver had stopped just a little too far back to trigger the turning arrow. All of us built up behind him waited and waited to receive that magical green arrow. Nope. Then someone ran up to his car (it was bucketting with rain) and suggested he moved forward. He did. The lights changed our way. I think we spent ten minutes or more at that intersection.

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    1. EC, if the driver was shot, you'd still be there, so better to just take the driving licence away for such stupidity. The big wide white line is where to stop, nowhere else.

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  3. Anonymous7:31 am

    I've found this more infuriating than any green arrow. The lights turn green, ten seconds later they turn red. Three cars, four if you are very lucky get through, leaving dozens more behind. What is the point of having green lights for such a very short period of time? In Thailand, major intersections have a visible timer with the countdown letting you know exactly how long you will have to wait.- Ian

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    1. Ian, speaking of Thailand, just as bad in Bangkok was sitting at a set at a red light for five minutes or more, then a whole wave of traffic moved forward and the greens stayed green for a long time. Maybe that has changed now.

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    2. Anonymous8:25 am

      It does take a long time for the lights to change at a four way intersection as its almost a minute and a half each way. The ten second change I've noticed mainly in Sydney which cannot possibly help the flow of traffic. - Ian

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  4. I don't drive but I'm a attentive passenger and tell the silly driver if the lights change and he or she is playing with their phone.
    Merle........

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    1. Good on you Merle. Do you have a pretend brake as well?

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  5. Andrew, I don't know if you Facebook, but I have somewhat stupidly added a few car related things to my feed, eg there are some dashcam pages. We have a dashcam each. Holy heck am I scared to be on the roads now, after watching a few too many of those videos!

    I am determined not to let it stop me and in a minute I will get up and moving and drive out for my walk time in Jervis Bay. But you better believe I am constantly thinking - how will I avoid that person if they cross onto my side of the road? What will I do if X like I saw in Y video? What will I do if Z happens? And there is no way on earth you will catch me driving behind a caravan ever again. I'll stop and wait 5 minutes. It will be safer!

    I believe I am now a more cautious driver. Maybe that is a good thing, maybe it is not at all good. It does give me comfort to think whatever happens there will be recorded footage of it available. And we very nearly needed it last week as a P plater was shooting out of a carpark, into the road where we were actually driving at that time. They did not even slow down, lucky we were able to swerve and a car coming the other way saw what was happening and stopped.

    The offence that tips me over the edge is phone use. I have seen people drive completely onto the other side of the road because they were too busy looking at their phone. I suppose it is Darwinism but in this case it might murder me or someone I love, so I get very angry about that. My phone goes into my handbag and it does not come out in the car while on the way from a-b, not at all.

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    1. Snoskred, I've looked on Youtube at many dash cam incidents, from here and overseas. They are terrifying at times. It is so easy to tell if someone is doing something on their phone, the slow down, speed up, wander. If it is easy for us to tell, it would be pretty easy for the police to notice.

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  6. One of the many reasons I prefer not to live in a city. My personal choice, but I'd hate to live in a city again. I've been too long away from them.

    Thankfully, there are no traffic lights here where I live.

    Even though here on the hill is much quieter than the Gold Coast, Brisbane etc., there are still enough dickheads cruising along at 40ks or less an hour, with their heads going back and forth like those clowns in sideshow alley as they look at the sights around them. They're very frustrating to be driving behind.

    Also, I never cease to be amazed by how many people don't have indicators on their cars - or don't know what they're for and how to use them!!!!!

    I, of little patience, shall now sign off!! :)

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    1. Er Lee, that would probably be us if we had a car there. If the traffic is light and I am travelling slower than the speed limit or looking for something, I pull over and let cars past.

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  7. There is so much happening on the roads to make steam come out of my ears.

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    1. Diane, and all recorded on your dash cam, I suppose.

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  8. I remember some years back now, I must have been all of 3 seconds slow to move from a red light. And didn't the vehicle behind me let me know! HONK! HONK! HONK! Now when someone carrries on like that, I just slow right down, but this was a police car, so I came to a complete stop. I thought, let him come and explain his honking... (there was no siren) After just a few seconds of silence I drove off and so did they. I laughed.

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    1. Good story, Rozzie. You do know that faster than speeding light is the period of time between when the light goes green and the car behind toots.

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  9. I live in an area where there is no traffic congestion; even to come across another car is a rarity. However, occasionally I am behind some idiot who uses the whole road as his/her own, weaving around from side to side without a care in the world. At times like this I pray for a machine gun to appear from the engine, and to reduce their car to scrap.

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    1. Cro, it is such lovely scenario to consider. Rat-a-tat-tat. Start with the tyers.

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  10. My ex used to yell out "what shade of green are you waiting for d***head?"

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    1. River, if alone I say much worse to myself, but I too say to the passenger, he/she clearly prefers a different shade of green.

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  11. Absolutely my pet hate too Andrew. Especially at rush hour times when the green arrow only stays on long enough for two, maybe three at a push to get through. Be assured the air is a vibrant shade of blue in my veeehicle! 😀

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    1. Even mild mannered Grace could take someone out with a Kalashnikov.

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