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Emily Popek

May 31, 2014

Some driving mistakes are inexcusable

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a perfect driver. 

I take corners a little fast, I brake a bit hard, my gear changes aren’t very smooth and I sometimes catch myself forgetting to signal when I make a turn. 

But I’ve been driving for almost 20 years now, and my record is pretty good. I’ve driven across the country twice, back and forth between the Midwest and the West Coast a handful of times, and down to the Gulf Coast and back, in addition to the hundreds of of miles I’ve logged just doing daily driving over the years since I got my learner’s permit at the tender age of 15. 

During that time, I’ve received exactly two traffic tickets — one for speeding, and one for an expired inspection. And I’ve been the driver in one accident, when my car slipped on an icy turn and went off the road. 

So I feel like I am standing on pretty firm ground when I say that most drivers who aren’t me are idiots. 

Well, OK, that may be going a bit too far. But, drivers of Oneonta, there are some things we need to talk about. 

First up, let’s talk about the intersection of Route 23 and Route 28, on Southside. Imagine you’re facing east (Wendy’s is on your right), getting ready to make a left-hand turn. There you are, sitting in the turn lane. To your left are two lanes of traffic headed toward downtown. Here’s a pop quiz: Which one do you choose? 

Let’s take a look at what the driver’s manual says: 

“Enter the left lane, to the right of the center line. When traffic permits, you may move out of the left lane.”

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