It didn’t take long after the weather warmed up for the mosquitoes to come out, and like the run on citronella candles and bug spray, prepare yourself for another infestation — construction crews.
And while these crews are a welcome sight to those trying to avoid potholes that could swallow a small car, the headache construction causes is often more painful than a mosquito bite.
As of Monday, Victoria Avenue from First Street to 18th Street is under construction for most of the summer. Crews hope to have it all done just in time for winter, with an end date of Sept. 30.
And that is the tip of the iceberg. With so much PST money flowing back into roads, expect long delays, detours and rough rides throughout the province this busy constructions season.
Like driving wasn’t already stressful enough.
According to a new survey, driving is one of the most stressful activities we do outside the home, other than work.
And the most stressful person to drive with is your kid — with your husband or wife a close second. Seventy-fiver per cent of women and 67 per cent of men say it stresses them out to drive with their kids, while 68 per cent of women and 57 per cent of men say driving with their spouse in the car is stressful.
The survey also found that the most stressful place to drive is in the middle of a city, followed by driving on the highway.
Driving to work and driving to a doctor’s appointment tied for the most stressful time to drive.
As for the top three things you wish other drivers would stop doing immediately, another new survey gives us these three most popular answers:
1. Cutting people off — 59 per cent of people put it on their list.
2. Forgetting to turn off your high beams when there’s oncoming traffic — 57 per cent.
3. Tailgating — 56 per cent.
The survey also found 37 per cent of us have seen someone merge into the middle of a funeral procession, 42 per cent have seen someone cut off a school bus and 54 per cent have seen a non-handicapped person park in a handicapped spot.
As for my driving pet peeves, I only have two:
1. People driving side-by-side at the same speed in the same direction on a four-lane highway. One lane is for passing, the other is for cruising. Will one of you please get outta the way! You both can’t go down the road at exactly 50 km/h! I can’t get by!
2. People who don’t use a turn signal. This is especially bad when you’re waiting for oncoming traffic to clear or someone slows down for no good reason. Oh. Wait. Right. I forgot the turn signal. Grrrr.
What bugs you?
Mandy Taylor — people who ride you, pass you, and then are so slow you have to pass again;
Jodi McVey — tailgating;
Samantha Perrin — not using a turn signal;
Natasha Marshall — no signalling and excessive slowness;
Elise Kaley — no signal lights, and people who drive with their fog lights on when it isn’t foggy;.
Jessica Dawn Chartrand — going slower than a turtle running through molasses in January;
Brenda Myran — people who keep their fog lights on all the time, some of them are as bright as their high beams;
Morgan Sanders — forgetting to turn off signal lights;
Dawn Unger — improper use of signal lights and slow drivers;
Elaine Glendinning — people not using their signal lights;
Andrew Tocher-Dennis — waiting for grandpa and grandma to make their day drive across town;
Eileen K H Moody — people who don’t signal in advance of their turn. They signal right before they turn and cause the person behind them to have to suddenly stop. Signal in advance, before you turn please!
Leanne Wark — slow drivers;
Ashley Ness — I hate when people cut me off, and no blinker ... let’s just say my horn is my best friend.
Rochelle Fleck — that one person that can’t make up their mind which lane they are driving in, so they take up the whole road;
Brandi Fuglsang Falk — old people on main highways that are doing 50-60 km/h and everyone else is doing 100 km/h; in winter in bad weather, semis pass in a blizzard and dust you out;
Jacinda Wilson — people that drive half the speed limit or when a car stops at a green light for no reason;
Kimberly Ramsden — not using blinkers and the ones that don’t turn off the blinkers, tailgating, and of course, people that drive way too slow;
Karina Ketelsen — in our town, people doing U-turns on main street;
Amy Breanne Pardy — when you are at a four-way stop and no one actually stops;
Sandra Evans — when people are travelling at 90 km/h on highway but when you move into the passing lane to get by them, they automatically speed up to 110 km/h so you can’t pass them;
Taylor MacDonald — people who don’t stop at a yellow. That’s why it’s there, so slow down. Makes it very difficult to turn when you get people flying through the intersection!
Frank Tumbleweed — I walk, so I have to say people stopping way past the stop line. Too many people do this, making pedestrians go around the car.
Judi Blackburde — people who either don’t use their turn signal until the last possible second or those who don’t use them at all;
Ginger Choy — people who tailgate you at night and don’t turn their high beams off so you’re blinded in your own mirrors;
JoJo Walker — small cars that follow a semi. They need to realize that a semi driver can’t see them. Also little vehicles that pass or pull out in front of a truck and trailer loaded with livestock. It’s not nice for the animals inside when the driver then has to hit the brakes;
Amanda Hartley — nose pickers at a red light;
OK, Amanda, I’ll watch that.
And you watch your driving habits, too. It looks like there are quite a few drivers who could use the class, "My turn signal — where to find it" or the class "why it’s wrong to speed up when someone tries to get by me." And a class called "Speed, why too fast and too slow are both bad" might be a good lesson.
In the end, we’re humans and humans make mistakes. Just the next time someone messes up behind the wheel, remember — the Google car is on its way.
And it won’t be long before cars drive themselves and life will be perfect. Because computers never crash. Right?
Why are you smiling?
JOKE THIS WEEK
WIFE: "There’s trouble with the car. It has water in the carburetor."
HUSBAND: "Water in the carburetor? That’s ridiculous."
WIFE: "I tell you the car has water in the carburetor."
HUSBAND: "You don’t even know what a carburetor is. I’ll check it out. Where’s the car?"
WIFE: "In the pool."
Kristie Leigh Parsons
Diane Morcom Warburton
Teresa Klassen Paul
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 31, 2014