You are sitting at a traffic light. You are in the turn lane and the traffic light is red against you. Suddenly, a green arrow appears directly in front of you. What do you do?
You turn in the direction of the arrow!
The answer is that you turn in the direction of the green arrow because that is its sole purpose for being illuminated – you have the right of way to turn in the direction of the arrow. It’s a fairly simple concept; we all learned as kids that an arrow indicates a specific direction and that the color green indicates “go” when used in traffic signals. And yet it never ceases to amaze me how many times I see people here in the Phoenix metro area fail to grasp that basic concept until there is barely enough time for them to clue in and make the turn before the opportunity is lost and everyone else in line has to wait through another rotation, at which point the cycle invariably repeats itself.
Green arrow and green light
The only thing seemingly more confusing to the locals is a green arrow paired with a green light. Apparently this causes quite the paradox; how can one go left and forward simultaneously? So most people either remain frozen in place, which is rather infuriating to those lined up behind, or they move forward just enough into the intersection to block it and then stop to contemplate the paradox, which is equally infuriating. Or maybe I’m just in too much of a rush to actually get to my destination while everyone else is enjoying the journey.
What driving habits of others make you nuts? Comment below and let me know.