When you play games, do you follow the rules or do you make them up as you go? Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed a good game; whether it’s a board game, card game or sport and I always played fair. Playing by the rules is something we have to respect also as a driver; whether you like them or not.
Lane markings are simple things that some people ignore; like this driver did. Why would they decide to be on the wrong side of the yellow line? If you notice, they’re stopped at the edge of the intersection as well. Couldn’t this pose as a problem for drivers making their left turn onto the street the van is sitting on?
To me, this was a problem right from the beginning. The driver exited the parking lot across the road but got trapped by a red light. They were too concerned about the light that they forgot to see where they had to drive. Oops! Luckily, a crash was avoided here, but who knows what other unthinking act they may do in the future.
When I’m teaching new drivers at Young Drivers of Canada, I often ask them to think ahead before they commit their action. They must decide what the safest move would be before they do it. It’s a proactive way of thinking as a driver. For example, if this driver wanted to make their left turn, they have to realize that they’ll have to enter and clear the intersection as well. The room they would have once they’ve entered the road would be minimal if they didn’t go through the intersection.
It’s all about making the proper choices as a driver. As far as this driver goes, it’s also important that we know the difference between yellow lines and white lines. Maybe they were colour blind?