Updated Driving Habits

Although I posted yesterday saying I would not be posting my own musings and such as often over the next few days, I have to talk about something I have discovered over the last couple of days.

Over the last couple of days I have been driving more than I usually do. I have been driving to visit friends, visit mall parking lots. I have been to my local butcher and my local breweries.

New Driving Habits
The Rear Ender

While I have been on our local roads I have discovered things have changed on our roads.

The first thing I noticed was that yellow and red lights do not mean the same things that they did when I took my driving test. No.

I suppose the driver instruction book has been updated to clarify that a yellow, or as some say, an amber light means to hit the accelerator as hard as possible to get through the intersection.

And I suppose the driver’s instruction manual has been updated to say that the first 3-4 seconds of a green light is actually intended as time for you to sit and watch cars, trucks, SUVs, and Translink buses loaded with passengers sail through the red light at full speed.

Another thing I noticed is that the legal posted speed limit of 5o kilometres per hour actually means 8o kmh.

If you try to drive at 50 or 60 kmh on any major street in Metro Vancouver you are more than likely to incur the wrath of the people following you who will begin to tailgate your vehicle and flash their high beam lights at you.

These changes did take me by surprise but I have to stay with the times. I don’t want to be like an old fuddy-duddy and lose touch with the changing times.

1 Comment

  1. I’ve noticed the same trends, including the following:

    1) Speed limits are rarely, if ever, enforced. This give a degree of immunity to the majority of drivers;

    2) There’s a tacit rule which states, “The first 5 seconds of the Red Light belong to ME!”

    3) Stop signs are suggestions only.

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