I guess you have all been stuck in that endless queue of traffic, where it takes you 10 minutes to move 10 meters?
The very same queue of traffic that you sit in for almost an hour, whilst watching a steady stream of cars take the right filter lane and turn off into moving traffic.
That very same queue that always occurs when you only know that road to get you to your destination.
Today I was stuck in one of those queues, on one of those roads, watching that steady stream of traffic turn off in the right filter lane..............
Assuming that said cars were taking a short cut - obviously they were all heading towards my destination as we'd been on the same road - right? - I decided to take the right filter lane and followed the car in front.
We turned left, then right, then right, then left, straight over the roundabout, into a housing estate (you get the picture?).
My feelings of smugness at having found a way to beat the queue of traffic soon subsided when the car I had been following pulled onto a driveway and the driver got out and went into the house.
Shit - I was lost!!
My short cut resulted in me spending the next 30 minutes trying to navigate my way out of the housing estate, only to rejoin the queue of traffic further up the road from the point where I had taken the right filter lane 30 minutes earlier.
If that wasn't bad enough, my Dad couldn't hold his laughter when he asked me why I'd not used the Sat Nav. I wasn't even bright enough to lie and say that I didn't have it in the car with me!!
The moral of the take - never assume!!
10 months ago