Sometimes we’re in so much of a hurry that we make poor choices in our life. As an example, how many of you have locked your keys in the car when you arrived late for an appointment? I used to carry a spare key in my wallet for times like that. But how can you be in such a hurry to not know you’re turning the wrong way onto a one way street; especially on a busy Saturday morning?
So let’s say you’re new to the area and you’re about to turn onto a strange street. How do you know it’s a one way street? When I’m teaching new drivers at Young Drivers of Canada, I explain and show them three ways to identify they’re on a one way street.
The easiest way to identify you’re about to enter a one way street is the one way street sign. Yeah, I know…that was too easy, but not easy enough for this driver. However, you never find what you’re not looking for.
If you’re on a multiple lane one way street, you’ll only have white lines that separate traffic lanes. Since yellow lines divide traffic in two different directions, you won’t see any yellow lines on any one way street.
The third way to identify that you’re on a one way street is all of the road signs, on both sides of the road, are facing you. I’m referring to the parking and no parking signs. If it was a two way street, you would see the signs on the right side facing you, but you would see the back of the signs on the left side of the road. That way they would be facing the drivers coming in the opposite direction. If you see the back of the sign on BOTH sides of the road, you better hurry up and turn off that road or turn around because you’re driving the wrong way!
Luckily there was a local police officer close by in this situation to pull them over before a collision occurred. I was also glad that I was passing by with my camera!