The scene: A stoplight-controlled intersection on a heavily-traveled road. Three lanes of traffic plus a left-turn-only lane.
On the right, no more than about 30 feet before the intersection (maybe less), there’s a driveway serving as an exit from a parking lot. Yesterday, I saw a driver waiting to pull out of the driveway while traffic was stopped at the light.
When the light changed and cars began to move, a driver in the right lane courteously held back to allow the first driver to turn out in front of them. No problem there. Except, instead of turning, the driver pulled straight out, perpendicular to traffic flow. It became apparent that the driver wanted to get all the way over to the left-turn lane.
The driver then had to stop and wait for somebody in the middle lane to allow room to continue, then repeat for the third lane, before finally getting into the turn lane and out of the way of everybody who’d had a green light all along.
I was irritated. I didn’t miss the light, but certainly some people behind me who would have otherwise made it through were inconvenienced. Plus, it just seemed like a much more dangerous maneuver than was necessary under the circumstances. There are other exits for this parking lot that might have been less convenient for this particular driver, but would have allowed an easier merge into traffic and avoid inconveniencing others. Or, the driver could have just turned into the right lane, gone straight at the light, taken the next turn and gone around the block.
My opinion is that this was a very discourteous and potentially dangerous thing to do. But then, I’ve been known to over-react on occasion. The driver was just trying to get somewhere and didn’t break any laws as far as I can tell.
What do you folks think?