Thursday, June 16, 2005

Traffic Patterns

I commute weekdays along SR520, a stretch of expressway that connects Redmond with Seattle, and includes lots of jumping-on and -off points. Most people shudder when they think about that particular commute, as it's rarely not mentioned on a radio traffic report. "Traffic is at a crawl due to a disabled at the eastern highrise," and so forth.

But the thing that regularly impresses me about the Seattle-area commute is this: It's so orderly. Drivers stop at lights. Drivers don't stop in the middle of a stretch of highway. Drivers stay on the right side of the roads. Almost always.

So kudos to Seattle-area drivers (except, of course, that guy driving the Pontiac this morning).