On my way to work today (yes, I know it’s Sunday), I saw yet another person who doesn’t understand the concept of the center turning lane. You know, the middle lane that has two, yellow dashed lines with a solid yellow line to each respective side. Still clueless?
Alright, it looks like this:
Apparently, some of you out there don’t understand the glorious purpose of the center turning lane. So I’ve taken it upon myself to educate you. (Whoever invented the center lane should have a holiday declared after them)
The center turning lane’s sole purpose is to make left turns more efficient. It does so by allowing you to make left turns without slowing the traffic behind you (right turns if you’re European… actually, do they even have center turning lanes?).
If used properly, the drivers behind you will hardly notice your left turn and continue on their merry way. If done poorly, they’ll notice, and if like me, be none too pleased with your seemingly extra chromosome.
I know. It’s a difficult concept. So I’m going to spell it out for those of you who don’t get it. Of course, the people this tidbit is for probably aren’t the ones reading it, so for those of you who are… way to take initiative.
This is the WRONG way to use the center turning lane:
This is the RIGHT way to use the center turning lane:
Notice the difference? Let me spell it out for you.
When using the center turning lane the WRONG way, the driver behind you has to unnecessarily waste their brake pads and stop because of your stupidity. Yes, there is another option. They could go out of their way and swerve on to the shoulder. But why should they when THERE’S A CENTER TURNING LANE TO AVOID THAT!!!
When navigated properly, as illustrated in the RIGHT way, the driver behind you can continue driving as if nothing ever happened.
Ahh… the joys of intelligence.
So the ball is in your court. Are you going to be an idiot, or considerate? (like the attempt at rhyming?)
For bonus points… can you guess which car I was this morning?
Thankfully… I don’t own a firearm.
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