Tag Archive: cars

Traffic Lights

Is there any rhyme or reason to the left turn lane?!?!

There is a light by my house that operates as follows:

  • Light turns green for both parallel directions (we’ll call them North and South)
  • Light turns red for North, but stays green for South.
  • Light turns red for South, and the green left turn arrow for North turns on.

I know it’s a little confusing, but stick with me…

This is what I experience every day in the left turn lane coming from the North:

  • Light turns green, car in the left-turn lane moves into the intersection
  • Light turns red, car that is in the middle of the intersection gets frantic and tries to turn left as quickly as possible
  • Cross traffic does not stop (since it is still a green light for them), collision almost happens!!!
  • Car in the middle of the intersection finally squeals their tires and makes a lightning fast left turn (I assume they’re perspiring profusely at this point),  then green arrow lights up, unbeknownst to the car that just raced through the left turn, and I proceed through the intersection calmly.

Now, since I make this trip daily, I’ve got it down:

  • Light turns green, stay put (and tolerate honking behind me, even though the oncoming traffic is unyielding)
  • Light turns red, continue to stay put
  • Green arrow lights up, continue through intersection safety.

Is there no safety standard for traffic lights? How is this intersection (where I witness multiple “near misses” everyday) allowed to exist?!?! Where is the consistency in how we handle the left turn lane?

BMW Marketing Gem

You’ve got to hand it to BMW; they know how to create a really classy product…right down to the markings on their cup holders, actually:

I really thought I could put a long-stemmed wine glass in the cup holder! Bummer!

Yes indeed, the best marketing is in the smallest of details. Sure, big gaudy marketing campaigns have there place, but the small finishing touches are what really make the feeling created by the ad campaign authentic.

Every time you open your cup holder you are reminded that you’re riding on the leather wings of one classy beast (and your friends, who are riding shotgun, will undoubtedly take notice)!

…just to be clear, I am currently driving a 2001 Ford Focus. My friend is the one with the BMW… Sometimes life just isn’t fair.  😉