After lots of driving experience and multiple license renewals, do you think you could pass a driver’s license exam today?
I ask that question because I’ve been keeping a watch for drivers who do things on the road that would make them flunk such a test.
One aberration I see around here way too often deals with making turns. Many drivers turn from the left lane into the right lane of the intersecting street. Some making right turns go into the left lane of the street they’re turning into.
According to the Wisconsin Motorists Handbook, the proper way to do it is to turn into the same lane you’re in when you begin making the turn – left lane into left lane, or right lane into right lane. Then if you need to get over to the other lane, check your mirror and do so safely.
I also see too many drivers fail when they try to beat a stop light changing to red. They wind up running a red light. Police can’t be everywhere, but sometimes I wish they could be to catch these scofflaws.
A yellow light doesn’t mean you should speed up to get through an intersection – it means you should stop if possible. I realize there’s that split-second period where the driver has to make a judgment on what to do, but unless the driver’s already in the intersection when the yellow light goes on, he/she should come to a stop.