Crazy Day Driving Today!
This doesn't really fit the travel category as I didn't travel to any exotic places today in my running around, but it does deal with paying attention while traveling in day to day activities. I suppose I could put it under personal or random, but instead I'll keep it here.
I had to work this afternoon from 2pm to 10:30pm, but I wanted to go visit with my husband for a little bit beforehand. He's in a rehab center in another city about forty-five minutes away from our house. He had a blood clot in his one leg on Memorial Day and had it removed via a catheterization the next day. He spent nine days in a Major hospital in our state which is about two hours away and then was transferred to a long-term care/rehab center explained above.
I've visited him enough during the last two weeks that I don't have to follow a map any longer or anything, even then I must have been tired for I made a few mistakes. At one light fairly close to my destination I made the mistake of proceeding when I thought the light turned green. Turned out it wasn't my light that turned green, but the turning lane. I was in the way of a car trying to turn into the road to my right and their left. They were paying attention, thankfully, and no harm was done.
I will say here that in my city at all traffic lights the left hand turn doesn't take place until all the other traffic clears. In many cities near us it's the opposite in that the cars in the left turn lanes turn before the oncoming traffic gets their turn. I just hadn't realized this was another city where this took place this way. I think previously I was far enough back and didn't realize how it all played out.
Once I got to the next road I usually only have to travel on it about one large city block before turning right. After a bit I realize I must have missed that turn because I was passing many intersections unfamiliar to me. A bit later I decided to take the next right turn and see if I could find my way. When I stopped at a stop sign I looked at the road sign and realized it was the exact road I needed to get to the rehab place, it was just about seven blocks south of the entrance.
I had no other odd things happen on the way home, but left in enough time to get things together for work. I also hoped to call some customers for work on Monday, but when I got home I fiddled with my tablet and forgot all about my customers.
In my city, one of the major streets began road construction just after Memorial Day. Up to now, there hasn't been to major of a change and it's been easy to figure out what way to go. A few days ago they switched the lanes to the normal and had oncoming traffic flowing in what is usually the passing lane going in the same direction. I studied the traffic signals and knew something would be changing eventually, but I figured I'd know ahead of time and could figure it all out.
That wasn't the case.
Today, while heading to work, I should have gone a different direction. When I got to the cross street where I would usually turn right, the street lights facing me were covered up. I didn't really know what that meant. I didn't know whether I should turn or not, or whether I should go straight or not. I ended up having just enough room to drive right next to the curb on my side of the road. Once there, I realized there were two lanes available with oncoming traffic on the left side of the cones. Someone in one of those vehicles called out to me that I was in the wrong lane. This picture depicts exactly how I was feeling.
I'm thankful they did that even though it was a bit embarrassing. I had a large enough opening to move back over to the left where I should have been to start with. After work, I went back the same way hoping to figure out how to work it in the daytime. I noticed there were no turn lanes at all. I ended up going about two miles out of my way just to be able to get to a road closer to my home. It appeared that all the left hand turns were blocked off.
I need to remember to go a different way while they are working on the road so I won't continue to look foolish again or anymore. In the first scenario I wasn't paying very good attention, but later in the day even after studying the roadway and the signs I still didn't know what was expected of me. I think it would have been better had they had the whole road blocked off, then I would have turned around and gone another way.
Image credits: https://pixabay.com/en/billboard-traffic-sign-direction-63978/ by geralt
(I put this onto the page when uploading the image, but it got lost somehow. Do I need to delete that image and re-upload it again so the info stays on it?)
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