As long as we’re complaining about drivers…

Posted on June 13th, 2008 – 6:05 AM
By Roadguy

Here’s something you never really want to see:

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That would be a van coming from the wrong direction on a one-way street. It was about a block away when I first saw it heading toward me, so no collision was imminent, but even so, it was a little unnerving. I just kept slowing down and hoping for the best.

When the van reached the end of the block, it turned onto a cross street without stopping. (There was of course no stop sign facing it, because why would the city put a stop sign facing the wrong way?)

As a resident of a neighborhood with a lot of one-way streets, I see this all the time. If I’m on foot, I’ll often try to alert the driver. I’ve even been known to wave and yell if someone is about to head face first into oncoming traffic, and I’ve had a fair amount of success thwarting doom.

Because I was in the car this time, none of that would have worked. I considered flashing my lights, but that’s tricky to do with daytime running lights, and it’s not always noticeable.

If you have a strategy for or a story about wrong-way drivers, please share below. And keep an eye out for them in your travels today — after all, it’s Friday the 13th.

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