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Unwritten rules of road will drive you crazy
Rules of the road will drive you crazy.

Date published: 11/17/2012

THE RULES of the road. I began thinking about them the other day when I pulled into the left-turn lane at a stoplight a couple of miles from my house.

I ground to a halt a good 30 seconds before the light changed from red to green, but, as usual, the turn-lane arrow remained red, even though the lights on both through lanes turned green and allowed traffic to flow.

I have complained to VDOT about this for two years, reminding them that drivers are wasting gas and time by being forced to sit through two light cycles.

The VDOT guys just say that the reflection of the sun may be making my car invisible, but they have no explanation why this phenomenon also occurs at night. It must just be one of those rules of the road.

Now, I'm not talking about all the laws printed in that little DMV handbook that you study before taking your driver's test, I'm talking about the unwritten rules, the little things that occur on the highways that drive drivers mad.

Take stopping at a traffic light, for example. You can see a red light half a mile away and try to adjust your speed so that it will be green when you get there and you won't have to stop.

Fat chance, buddy! That light will never turn green until the instant you come to a complete stop. Then it changes. It is as if that light is saying: "Don't fool with me! I'm smarter than you. I refuse to change until you are stopped dead."

That's a rule of the road.

Ever leave home a few minutes late and find yourself in that hurry-up mode? We all do from time to time.

Whenever you get in a hurry you never fail to get behind some 102-year-old man driving down the two-lane highway at 25 mph, or a farmer pulling a wagon loaded with hay.

If you were not in a hurry, the farmer would turn into the next lane and grandpa would just be going over the rise to his mother's house. But when you've got to be somewhere and you're late, both grandpa and the farmer are just starting out on cross-country vacations and each has taken the same GPS path as you.

That's just a rule of the road.


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