Friday, July 8, 2016

Highway driving.

On Wednesday I went to see dd and had to travel down two major highways/motorways.  The 400 and the 401.  The 401 goes across the top of Toronto.
With last weekend being a holiday weekend (Canada Day) a lot of people took this week off so the traffic wasn't too bad.  However it seemed to me that the "crazy drivers" forgot to take a vacation and were out in force!  As were the "rubbernecker's," you know the people who practically come to a stop, so they can look at the pretty flashing lights six lanes over on the other side of the road.......

Then of course we have to speed demon's who are going like a bat out of hell in the fast lane; then suddenly remember they have to take the exit so go flying across a minimum of three lanes, sometimes more, to get to the exit ramp.  God help anyone who gets in their way.  I had a large truck pull out right in front of me, no indicators or nothing.  Luckily we weren't going fast at that point as he jumped gears and practically came to a stop.

Truly I don't know how people drive those major highways, day in day out?  I guess you get desensitized to it all and accept it for what it is.  I am still at a point that the big highways don't bother me, despite me living in "the countryside."  There is just one part of the journey, where I leave one highway to go onto another highway where I get a little concerned.  I have to cross over half a dozen lanes to do it and you have to hope people will be kind enough to let you in.  Canadians are a very polite bunch but when it comes to driving, they are as selfish as the rest of the world!!!

It's been a while since I had posted book reviews on my book review blog; March in fact.  I posted four reviews yesterday here if you would like to read them.

We are in the middle of a heat wave again.  I feel so sorry for the people who have to work outdoors in this weather.  Poor dh is suffering as he works in a factory environment where there are huge welders so a lot of heat.  Add in the humidity and it's draining.  We desperately need rain here, not just for the gardens, but to dampen down the dust.  For me dust = allergies!!

Enjoy your Friday.


Betsy said...

We used to live in a city that had major highways crisscrossing every which way with three and four lanes each direction. Now we have one interstate highway that goes right through the middle of town and that's it. I do not like driving in big cities anymore. It seems when people get behind the wheel of a car many of them lose all of their common sense and courtesy. Stay safe.
Blessings, Betsy

Evelyn said...

Highway driving, I don't mind it as long as I know where my exit is coming up, even used to roundabouts but six lanes could be scary!

Leigh said...

This is why I'm always glad to stay home!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I feel your pain! I learned to drive in downtown Toronto, so it's not too bad. Plus, as you do, we drive at off-peak, if we can. I recall picking my daughter up from U Waterloo on Dec. 23rd, from Ottawa one year. BRUTAL!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario !

William Kendall said...

We need the rain too.

I remember once coming down the 400 going into Barrie, and around Orillia, a driver came on who had to be driving drunk, the way he drove. I didn't have a mobile on me, so when I got off the highway and into the city, I found a payphone and called the OPP with his car type and license plate.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I hate driving on the 401, seems no matter when you are there it is jammed full of traffic. Do people just drive back and forth and not work anywhere? We were on the 407 for the first time a few weeks ago and I was amazed at how little traffic was on there, probably because it is a toll road. We didn't have to pay as we were on a bus trip.

Winifred said...

Well luckily in the Northeast we don't have any roads with six lanes! Three is a luxury! I'd hate to have to cross all those lanes.
I've just come back from Italy thankfully not driving. I thought the drivers in Milan were total maniacs. I won't be complaining half as much at home now. Well not for a month or so!

Sunny said...

The 400/401 are not for the faint of heart. It seems like they are always busy. Luckily for me I don't have to use a highway in my daily commute. But when ever I do use the 401 I am annoyed at the volume of traffic on the weekends.