Drivers: RTFM

We’re going to be talking a lot about shitty drivers on this blog because, if for no other reason, Detroit is full of them. Loaded. To the gills. We can’t get enough of them!

Today’s DriveRant(tm) is brought to you by the center median lane – also known in these parts as the “left-hand-turn merge lane” or the “ramping up to speed lane”. Needless to say, I wouldn’t be writing this if these interpretations were accurate. They are not. For all you Michigan drivers out there, please pay attention to the following sentence:

The Center Media Lane is for left turns only.

You can’t use it as a merge lane. You can’t. It’s not a merge lane. Ever. You can’t use it to merge into traffic. It’s not used as a merge lane.

This seems to get much worse as you travel further into the suburbs, and particularly bad in more geriatric areas. I spend a bit of time in St. Clair Shores, and one would think that the center lane on Harper Avenue was specifically made for blue hairs waiting for traffic to clear so they can finish their left turn onto Harper.

So now, if you’re wondering why most of the accidents you see on avenues like this all seem to happen in that center lane, you’ll know why.

3 Comments so far

  1. MGal (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 8:36 am

    Back in Maine, we called the Center Lane the “Hammer Lane” because that is where you’d be most likely to get hammered in a head on collision.


  2. Rick (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 1:24 pm

    Actually, I learned in Drivers’ Ed. that you CAN turn into the left-turn lane and wait for the traffic to clear before you complete your turn. But you are correct that you can’t MERGE into that traffic.


  3. Steven (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 2:30 pm

    I call it the merge lane since that’s how the twits use it.

    Sometimes people don’t realized I’m being sarcastic and correct me. I think that’s pretty funny.



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