Seems I'm usually complaining about something in this blog.
But there have been a couple of things I've seen recently on our roads which have made me smile.
Last week, eastbound on the 401 approaching the exit for the 400 north, ALL the cars trying to get onto that highway northbound were properly lined up in the deceleration/off-ramp lane, with NO cars hanging out in the driving or middle lanes waiting to dive-bomb in and barge in.
Exactly how it is supposed to be done.
Usually, this exit is chaotic, with cars two and three lanes wide all trying to line-crash, which of course blocks the lanes of those of us not lucky enough to be heading for cottage country.
Don't know why this day was so different from most days, but it was heart-warming to see.
And just this morning on my way to the airport, again eastbound 401 but further west, just past Highway 10/Hurontario, another happy happenstance:
First, the Collectors split off to the right towards Dixie Road.
Then a bit further along, the 403 joins the Express lanes on the right.
You with me?
At this point, just south of the airport, I guess the road goes from three lanes (the Express lanes) to five, with the two additional lanes coming from the 403.
Usually, any Express lane traffic in any of the three 401 lanes just stays in whatever lane they were in. So even if they WERE in the correct (right-most) lane to begin with, there are now two lanes to the right of them.
Traffic coming onto the Express lanes from the 403 invariably moves left two, three, four or even all five lanes, whether there is open road in front of them or not.
If ever there was a "Jim-only" lane, the right-most lane here would be it. Apart from me, you could practically play tennis on this patch of pavement, even in rush hour.
But this morning, a maroon Ford Taurus (the fish-face model) was coming along with me from the west, driving in the right (also the 'correct') lane.
When the 403 merged, he checked to make sure his way was clear, put on his turn signal, and moved two lanes over into the 'new' right lane.
I wanted to pull alongside him a blow him a BIG kiss...