Oddly enough, this has nothing to do with snow, even though schools were closed yesterday because we had a dusting that didn't even stick (not kidding, BTW).
No, we need to have a discussion about green lights. Specifically, how to act when you approach one. You see, there's this intersection I come to every day where I - and many other commuters - take a right. There's a traffic light, and our side has two lanes turning left. The other side of the intersection is a dead end and often only has one or two cars.
Well, the geniuses that set up the intersection put both left turns on the same light. Which means that the light stays that way for quite some time, as the cars on our side are numerous, while the other side is done quickly. You would think this would mean a lot more on our side would make it through the red light (after stopping , of course), RIGHT?
People can't even make it through a green light here. The road we cross is a main drag, and there are two lanes turning left into where I am. This means my light has a green arrow, since no traffic is coming anywhere near the lane (my lane) turning right. Again, you would think that making a right turn on a green arrow would be easy.
You would be wrong.
It frequently takes two light cycles to get through this light, because cars often leave 5, 6, 7, or more car lengths getting through the light. Often, one car turns, and is a good pace down the road before the next car turns. On a green light...
Right turn on a green light is not hard, people...
That is all.