Forget Nina Totenberg, the Tappets give us the best public service program on NPR. Unfortunately, once they get some drivers back on the road, arteries clog, sleepy streets convert to thoroughfares, and parking lots become shortcuts. SO – it’s time for a few Public Service Announcements aimed at drivers who have either forgotten basic rules of the road, never learned them, or just choose to ignore them. Or perhaps driver education could become a whole new category for your weekly Puzzlers.
Let’s start with my pet peeve, the one I am presented with each time I venture out into my small suburban community. QUESTION: When two drivers converge at a 4-way stop perpendicular to each other and at the same time, which driver has the right of way? ANSWER: The driver on your RIGHT has the right of way. That means he or she can cross the intersection before you do. This is a basic rule of the road! Please, please, stop waving at me (in the car to your left) to cross the intersection before you do. You may think that is a sweet gesture, but it causes confusion. This rule can also be ignored in the opposite way. If YOU are in the car to MY left, meaning I have the right of way, you may NOT charge into the intersection ahead of me. Get off your cell phone, folks, and pay attention. Because if a third or fourth car is added to this picture, well, let’s don’t even try to go there yet. Maybe next week.
Thank you for providing the forum for me vent this frustration. I simply cannot venture toward that great parking lot in the sky without doing so.