Over the last month I have wanted to ask a question. What is the tune that you love to hear when you drive? For me, if “La Grange” by ZZ Top comes on the radio there is a 200 percent chance of significant ear damage. That song is going to get cranked. If the Rantmobile wasn’t a convertible the sound pressure would blow out the windows! Another one that will disturb traffic for blocks as my car roams through the area is “Double Vision” by Foreigner. On the way in today I heard one for the ladies, Pat Benatar singing “Heartbreaker.” You might guess that I am a classic rock fan. I like to listen to The Drive when I drive. So what are your favorites? Send them in. I’ll put together a top ten list of tunes that drive us. Let’s have some fun with this. Oh, and leave out Lawrence Welk.
I have received a number of responses to our bumper sticker slogan. Here are some: “I drive, therefore, I RANT.” “POTHOLE HATERS UNITE!” “IF YOU CAN READ THIS, BEWARE! I AM A RANTER.” Keep them coming, I will announce the winner in August. You can have your picture in the paper, become famous (or infamous) whichever applies.
Rant 1: Jason wrote in about the intersection at North and Main Street in Crown Point. If you are traveling either east or west, you inevitably get stuck behind someone wanting to turn against traffic. The green light is extremely short and if you are unlucky, you could end up stuck at the light for several cycles. There is no room at the intersection to add a turn-only lane. Why not alternate the light so eastbound traffic gets to move and then westbound traffic gets to move? If the light alternated drivers would get a chance to turn every other cycle and wouldn't have to wait for traffic going the other direction. That solution would only add a short amount of time to the wait for drivers traveling north or south. I believe Jason may have a good idea and I've already forwarded it to a few people who may want to try and see if it could be done.
Rant 2: Elk sent a message about folks who make left turns out of parking lots As he explained, typically he is in his smaller car making a right turn when an inconsiderate driver in a behemoth SUV pulls up beside him to make a left turn completely obilterating his view of traffic. Of course, the driver of the gigantic SUV can see for miles. Why does the driver of the SUV have to block Elk's view of traffic coming from that side? Worse, does the SUV driver have to keep inching forward to match his attempts to get a glimpse of what's coming? As Elk rants, “I am trying to view the traffic coming from my leftI Stay put you ignoramus! Ditto for intersections. Don't block the crosswalk in an attempt to keep me from making a legal right turn on red!”
Rant 3: I have received numerous emails about police cars whose drivers may have forgotten for a few minutes about service and protection. In the interest of fairness and honesty I am not passing along any second-hand information. I was an actual eyewitness to the following: A black and white patrol car was headed south on Chase Street and stopped suddenly as another car headed in the opposite direction stopped too. (Chase at this point in Calumet Township is a two-lane road.) The officers are talking to each other through the driver's side windows. There are no flashing lights, no sirens, the cars are taking up 75 percent of both lanes and two-way traffic is going around them. This goes on for at least five minutes. What are the police talking about? What are they talking about, comparing doughnuts? Is one sweeter than the other? Is Dunkin’ the best? Not possible! Munster Doughnuts are the best, no question. C’mon officers, you would give us a ticket for this kind of stunt, wouldn't you? I hope so.
It’s Audience Participation Time...Have a Dimwit Driver alert? Got an idea for a bumper sticker? What tune drives you? Send it to: RoadRants@nwi.com. You can also call the RANT LINE at 219-933-1010. Leave your message. Include all the details. We will work it into the paper. We are also on Facebook, NWI Road Rants. Until next time, be safe. No one else is.