30 March 2007
This minivan has swerved right, way over the lane line to turn left. My father used to rave about this all the time. Then the driver came to a stop at the bottom of the freeway on-ramp, despite there being plenty of room to merge on to the freeway. My father used to rave about that all the time, too.
What's the opposite of a maladroit? The silver sedan is turning left from the middle, non-turning, lane, into a line of traffic that has stopped, and there is no place to go. It was a wild and wooly time this morning at Cloverfield and Michigan. I stopped to get gas (which was a death-defying experience of its own, but I needed both hands to drive and couldn't take pictures) so I spent a fair amount of time at this crossing.
This motorcyclist came off the freeway, wove through three lanes of stopped traffic, and zipped in front of me from the right after following me too closely for a bit. For a minute I wasn't sure he would stop at the light, but he did.
This happens every day, all day. Folks pull off the freeway onto Cloverfield and just pull right into the intersection, without there being any place for their car to go. And then the light turns red, and we can't get through. Fortunately, this morning I was in the left lane, and was able to zoom by all this.
The standard pull-into-the-intersection-after-the-light-has-turned-red maneuver. I was fiddling with the camera and missed the guy in the pickup who turned left from the middle lane here. Needless to say the middle lane is not a left-turn lane.
29 March 2007
Dang it, my camera battery died again this afternoon, so I couldn't get a photo of the silver Toyota Tundra that pulled a double-maladroit in less than two blocks! He turned right from the left side, and in front of, a black Mercedes onto San Vicente, and then did it again around a maroon SUV at Montana. The driver of the maroon SUV then proceeded to back up towards my car, and then sat there glaring at me in her rear-view mirror as I tootled my horn and shook my head in disbelief.
But we're all charged up and ready for tomorrow!
But we're all charged up and ready for tomorrow!
The silver Lexus followed the white Mercedes way too closely all the way from Barrington to Kenter. The white Mercedes responded by driving all the way from Barrington to Kenter with its brakes on. Nonetheless, we were all doing about 40 mph.
Neither of these cars was in the intersection when the light turned red. And note the red car on the far left; he pulled into the intersection after the light had turned red, too, and then veered to the right to avoid being flattened by the black SUV. Soon all three cars were stopped in the middle of the street.
This guy pulled out of a parking space in front of me, and then moved slowly, very slowly, down the street, just far enough into the middle of the street to keep me from being able to pass safely, until he found an open parking space about six spaces in front of where he had been. He then put on his turn signal and moved over a bit in preparation to park parallel.
28 March 2007
While not technically a driving photo, this is indicative of a general attitude. My car is on the right; there is about a foot at the wide end between it and the Prius on the left. Trixie asked, "Mom, how should I get into the car?" I had the same question for her; she at least is about half as wide as I and she had more space at the passenger door than I had at the driver's door.
I kept clear of the KEEP CLEAR letters, and the truck in front of this woman on the side street pulled into the line of cars queued up for the Barrington light. Then this woman slid her car in front of mine without even stopping for the stopsign. There seems to be this unwritten expectation these days that at an intersection with a 2-way stop, the drivers who do not have the stop sign will allow the drivers who do have the stop sign to turn right into slow-moving traffic. And there are a number of them who feel that if I have stopped to allow one car in, then I must be willing to permit an entire phalanx of them in front of me, and proceed to pull their cars willy-nilly in front of mine.
Which, if you've ever SEEN my car, would seem a truly foolish and foolhardy thing to do.
Here we have the standard left turn after the light changes AND the pulling into the intersection when there's no place for your car to go and being stuck there after the light changes. Don't they understand this is nascent gridlock?
27 March 2007
Sorry for the break in service; I just last night returned from a conference in Las Vegas, but this morning picked up the thread where I left off. This guy waited until the light had just turned green, and then, signaling his intention, turned right. Yes, from the left lane, in front of the large blue bus to his right. Thanks to Marian, I now have a name for this maneuver: the Maladroit.
16 March 2007
Oh the photos I missed this afternoon because my battery died! Like the gold Maxima that turned left from the right lane in front of the silver minivan on Bundy at Pearl! And the light blue sedan that turned right from the left side of the big blue bus on Bundy at Missouri! And the taxi and the Hummer that coasted side-by-side through the red light on Bundy at Olympic!
This guy? He was rampantly changing lanes, cutting folks off, back and forth, in a desperate attempt to get ahead as we inched southward. Despite it all he still ended up stopped at the same lights as I.
15 March 2007
Bundy at Montana
Bundy at Wilshire
For both of these shots the light turned green and no cars came through the intersection and I lowered my camera, and then immediately had to raise it again to capture people who shot through the intersection well after the light had changed.
This had the potential to be truly awful. The woman in the wheelchair crossed Yale, and the white car, which you can see the tail end of, did not stop for her. Actually, no one seemed to be hurt, and it was the wheelchair that boinked into the side of the car. And everyone just drove off in their respective directions: the wheelchair lady headed east, the car lady headed north.
Actually, to her credit, the car lady did come back and look for and talk with the wheelchair lady. But still!
These guys were doing about 30 mph down Bundy along with the rest of us during the morning commute. Note the guy standing in the cherry picker bucket in the back, about three feet off the bed. Wouldn't some kind of headgear be mandated for this activity?
Forgot my cell phone, and had to go back, so we got to go through this intersection twice this morning! The bus was pulled halfway into the intersection when the light turned red, but the SUV wasn't anywhere near the intersection.
This driver must have missed the lesson on where to stop at an intersection. Or maybe she thinks that far yellow line is the one she's supposed to stop behind.
Actually, this car, which was parked squarely on the crosswalk when I pulled up behind it, kept inching further and further forward, until the light turned green, when it zipped forward and turned left in front of the oncoming southbound traffic.