Annan Kirk

I was blocking the whole lane. There were like six cars behind me.

I had a less-than-successful driving situation. It has to do with the Michigan lefts. So what I didn’t realize is, um, you’re not allowed to turn left. You have to go straight and then do a kind of U-turn to get to where you’re going, and these intersections do have a sign. They are kind of clearly marked, I guess. But, the intersection in particular I’m thinking of, all of the, the signs, like the lights and that no left turn sign, they’re just sort of dangling on a wire. I don’t know, it’s hard to tell what lane the sign applies to. So there’s this intersection that’s no left turns. I’ve been turning left. There haven’t been very many cars. I’ve been getting away with it. It’s been fine. Um, except, about a, a week ago. There were a lot of cars, it was very busy, and I went to turn left, like I normally do. And I realized at the last second, like, “Hey, there are way too many cars, I should probably go straight here. Wait, no, I can turn here, I always turn here. Wait, no, I can’t turn here.” And so this thought process was happening back and forth, while, you know, there are cars everywhere, I’m actively driving. I was just at a dead stop at this intersection. I was blocking the whole lane, there were like six cars behind me, and people were honking at me. I knew I was completely in the wrong, I could feel my face turning red, I could feel my ears turning, like, hot, turning red. And there was this guy who really — he stuck his whole torso out of his window just so that he could use his arms to make rude gestures and just communicate that he didn’t like my driving. Um, which, you know, fair. I was, I was completely in the wrong. Well, apparently no cops saw me, which is great. No traffic tickets. I haven’t had any Michigan traffic tickets. Um, I got through the intersection just fine.