Several months ago, I thought that I had written the last of a small series of driving posts. Several of you encouraged me, but I don’t want to simply add more of the same type of intersection encounters. So, when something odd happens, I take some notes and wait until I have three things that are similar. For this particular subject, I was really hoping never to make it to three. As before, I’ve added some illustrated Google Earth maps to help you understand.
On Our Way Home
A few weeks ago, my wife and I were driving on a two-lane road that winds through north-central Connecticut. As we were approaching a curve, we noticed a car coming toward us and a car waiting on a side-street. The car coming toward us passed the intersection. The woman driving the car at the intersection looked our way as we approached the intersection. Then she pulled out!
She was heading straight toward us. I swerved to the right, up into the snow at the side of the road and stopped. The woman stopped. She made that “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you expression.” It seemed like an honest mistake, but how she didn’t see us remains a mystery.
A few minutes later, while on I-91, a truck started to merge into our lane, in the space we were in! I’m going to assume we were just in his blind-spot, but after the lady almost hitting us, we began wondering if our car was invisible.
The back way that I take home when traffic is ugly, is a zig-zaggy hypotenuse to a 2-highway right triangle. Most of the intersections are governed by traffic lights, but there’s one 4-way stop at the junction of two very busy roads. There are almost always multiple cars on all sides.
One day, as I waited my turn, there was traffic lined up on two of the three sides. When I got to my sign, the coast was clear. I pulled up and stopped before the guy on my right and the guy on his right. There was no one at my left. A woman was approaching on that side, but she was a couple of car lengths back from the sign.
I pulled out and started my left turn.
She kept coming. She didn’t stop. She didn’t slow down. She blew through the intersection, swerving enough to miss me, as I was turning hard to the left to avoid her.
You can probably understand why I was in no hurry for invisible-car-encounter number three. However, this past Friday, the hardest one to understand occurred.
I was at our local soft-serve ice cream place. It was cold and the parking lot was almost empty. I drove past two parked cars at one end, and parked in the next to last spot at the other end. As I was leaving with my ice cream, a woman pulled her extra-large SUV into the last spot, but she didn’t pull all the way in and she pulled in at an angle. The back of her Tahoe was blocking my car. As I passed her on the steps, I said:
“I think you’re going to have to move your car.”
“The back of your car is blocking my car.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.”
Unfortunately, I also have two examples of a completely different kind of batsh*t crazy driver. Hopefully, it will take a long time to collect example number three, but you never can tell.