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[Something] driving annoyances

  • From"Timothy Hunt" <games@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 20 Jun 2008 16:41:49 -0500
So I looked that list.  One thing in particular struck me.

"[drivers] who stay in a lane that's closing due to construction until
they reach the orange cones... these people really piss me off."


You see, in the UK, we're actively encouraged to use all available
lanes until they are unavailable, and then merge "zipper-like"
(alternating one car from the left, one car from the right going into
the remaining lane).

After all, if the lane was meant to be closed a mile before the orange
cones, why didn't they put the orange cones a mile back?

The lane is still open until the cones show it's closed.  The signs
say it *will* close, so you're not caught out, but until the orange
cones block the lane off, it's not yet closed.

So if you're silly enough to move over with lots of other people,
really early, why should you get mad at people who are driving,
perfectly legitimately, in a lane that's still open?

Incidentally, given my experiences of the British "use all available
lanes, then zipper-merge" system and the American "move over early,
leaving an open lane almost empty, then be really annoying and try not
to let people in who used that open lane because they moved faster
than you" system, the British one allows for much better traffic flow

On 6/20/08, Christopher Hickman <tophu@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Next he'll invent a sport where you put lots of perfume on baby insects.
>  On Friday, June 20, 2008, at 05:24PM, "Eric Zuckerman" <zuckermn@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  >Eeyore wrote:
>  >> Andy wrote:
>  >AJL>  > I actually made the classic mistake in this case == I
>  >AJL> meant for that to
>  >AJL>  > go only to Carol. Normally I try to keep my cell
>  >AJL> phone # secret... :(
>  >>
>  >ECE> I didn't even know you *had* a cell phone. =^>
>  >ECE>
>  >   So, that's two down from Andy's Hate List:
>  >http://wunderland.com/WTS/Andy/Leftovers/hatelist.html
>  >
>  >   Dog, check.
>  >
>  >   Cell phone, check.
>  >
>  >   Who's got the next item from the list in the
>  >inevitable betting pool?  I dibs spectator sports!
>  >;->
>  >
>  >EZ
>  >
>  >P.S.:  Bonus on-topic nugget:  Carol, I know I've
>  >given you my cell phone number at some point in the
>  >past.  Do you have it handy?
>  >
>  >
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