Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I'm feeding Twitter with Mass Pike
The hashtag #masspike has some interesting tweets about the portion of I-90 that runs through Massachusetts, called Mass Pike. So, since I'm driving on a section of Mass Pike on most days, I've started posting a semi-daily tweet attached to that hashtag which covers some experiences I've have while on that toll freeway. The fact that I have something to complain about practically everyday should say something about a large minority of poor drivers that frequent this stretch of road.
People swerving excessivly (worse than drunks, in my opinion) are quite common. Even worse is when a big rig is actively swerving into adjacent lanes without the intent of changing lanes. More than once, I've seen hapless cars have to veer, literally avoiding dangerous accidents.
Many drivers treat the road as their own ash tray, flinging cigarette butts out to bounce into the cars behind them. Many butts have a well inflamed cherry. Rather unsafe.
I'm sure many people aren't all that clear on the concept of what a lane is. It seems a dashed line in the middle of the road is an invitation to drive on top of the line down the middle. This is a particular problem with freeway exits. A problem with freeway entrances is the opposite. If there is only one lane, lane splitting is employed. See, here I thought lane splitting was only legal in California with a motorcycle and a car. Massachusetts, it's illegal, so why not just completely break the law by lane splitting a big rig with another big rig!
These daily events aren't limited to Mass Pike, and they aren't even the half of what goings on. So, keep an eye on the #masspike hashtag on Twitter to see what your missing.