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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.

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(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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MegL wrote on June 21, 2015, 3:45 AM

Much of what you have said in this article shows that the road construction people did not think out either of the situations you described. It is not your fault. Especially for the construction scenario they should have signs up for days ahead. And in terms of traffic lights, they should ensure there is no possibility of mistake.

scheng1 wrote on June 21, 2015, 4:00 AM

Glad that you are alive and well despite a near-accident. Hope that this is the last time you have such incidents when driving.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 21, 2015, 8:52 AM

This is the first such incident in over twenty years, so I'm not doing too badly on that score. And neither was anywhere near being in an accident. When I pulled out incorrectly at the stop light the other car was a good car length away from me if not more. There are crazier drivers than what I did on the road every day. It's a wonder more of us aren't directly involved in accidents more frequently.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 21, 2015, 8:58 AM

For the first situation it actually was my fault. I've made a point of not watching the side lights too closely as I've seen how people will begin to move once they notice that light turning red. Sometimes, though, both lights stay red for nanoseconds to make sure no one is speeding through. I didn't realize the turning lane had first dibs on moving through the light. It wasn't like that was my first time to that city in recent months, as I'd been making the trip in the last two weeks.

Funny thing is on the way there, I was thinking about all the people that drive for a living and how mundane it must be and how on top of their game they need to remain, maybe that was God warning me to continue to pay attention. Sometimes He's more direct while other times he's not. If I were to have an impact in that situation, probably He'd have tried to wake me up-figuratively as I wasn't sleeping nor tired that day-prior to the event.

For the road construction near our house, yes, they switched the lanes just a few days ago to be on the right side with both sides using what is normally traffic going in one direction. Then a day later they switched it to the other side of the road. Maybe they want to test out their traffic signals before the holiday coming up, but I think they could put some of those flashing signs like they use on major highways onto the out-lawns prior to the intersection that was different this time. The weird thing was how it looked. It appeared that we weren't supposed to make any turns at all nor go straight as the traffic signs facing me were all covered up.

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paigea wrote on June 21, 2015, 9:15 AM

Glad you made it through all of that. Driving through construction can be quite confusing around here too.

Kasman wrote on June 29, 2015, 4:52 PM

The Image Wizard has a minor glitch in it. Sometimes an image looks like it uploads OK but doesn't appear on the post. If you need to edit a post after it has been published then the image will sometimes disappear. In both cases simply upload the image again and all should be well. The wizard won't publish an image unless the image credit has been added.
PS: Did you eventually find the 'search' box?

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Shellyann36 wrote on July 4, 2015, 6:51 PM

I dislike driving in large cities. My husband has told me that I would never make it on the freeway in Georgia or places like California. Thank goodness you did not have an accident. I hope your hubby is recovering well.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 6, 2015, 7:45 AM

Nope. I even checked using Firefox to see if it was my browser, but that didn't help either. Does it show up on your page all the time? I found the member list, but I have to look through it one by one since they aren't in order.

MarshaMusselman wrote on July 6, 2015, 7:58 AM

We're heading to Ann Arbor shortly so he can get his remaining stitches out. I'm going too. Then he should be able to begin walking once again. Good to see u here too.

Kasman wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:38 PM

MarshaMusselman - Can't understand that. I have it on both Chrome and Firefox. Perhaps we are not talking about the same box so I have taken a screenshot and marked the position of the box as I see it. Go here and look for the red arrow.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 6, 2015, 5:35 PM

Glad to hear that he is doing so much better.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 30, 2015, 6:11 PM

Driving can be such pain, but we do have to get to the different places we must go. I hope you come back to write here more.