I notice this more when riding my bike then when driving. Probably because I am more aware of motor vehicles while riding as I'm more exposed to the danger of being hurt worse while riding then when in my motor vehicle. But either way, riding my bike or driving my Jeep, it happens way to often.
I'm speaking from the standpoint of the traffic laws in the U.S.A. & other countries where road users operate their vehicle on the right of the road with the drivers side on the left side of the motor vehicle.
When some drivers pull up to a stop sign at an intersection, regardless of if they are going through, or turning right or left, they look right first intead of looking left, then right, then left again.
Anyone remember when we were taught this when we were kids wanting to walk across the street?
Well the same is also applied when driving. I know I was taught this in drivers ed, how about you?
For some reason some motorists are not applying this while driving. Now far be it for me or anyone else to judge another persons driving habits but some of these drivers are risking themselves & others by not following good driving habits & adopting bad ones. Isn't it prudent for a motorist to look in the direction that another vehicle of the road, be it a car or a bicycle, is likely to make contact with them first? That side is from the left, or drivers side.
What often happens when motorists do this is they pull up to the stop, look to the right first, then as they are pulling out into the intersection they then look left. If they see a vehicle approaching from the left they sometimes stop, other times they don't. Haven't witnessed any accidents but I wouldn't doubt or be surprised if they've happened.
When motorists do this & it is another motor vehicle approaching from the left, depending on certain variables, more then one come can occur. Sometimes both vehicles are of equal size so both parties have an equal chance of being hurt or not. Other times one vehicle is larger & well you can guess the outcome of that accident. Of course another factor is who hits whom first. But as both motorists are in a steel & glass cage their chances of survival are greatly increased.
However if one of the road users is a cyclist & the motor vehicle stopped at the intersection does this the outcome is always bad for the cyclists, regardless of who hits whom first. And some motorists would probably use the excuse he or she could not see the cyclist until it was to late even though the cyclist is riding in a safe & legal manner.
The largest age group of the motorists I have seen this bad habit happen with is between 16 & 25. At least they appear to be really young people. There are other older adults I have seen do this but mostly the younger drivers. And it does not matter what area of my community people are in. I have seen it all over the place.
I never drive like this. Of course it was drilled into my head when I was a younger lad that always look left first, then right, then left again before crossing the street. Whether or not I was walking or riding my bike. Then when I took drivers ed. in school it was brought up again when pulling up to a stop & before proceeding through the intersection. It just goes to show that the good habits you are taught as a child do have an impact on you as an adult & can be good for you later in life.
At what point did parents stop teaching their kids this & at what point did drivers ed. instructors stop teaching this?
Anyone ever pay attention to a problem like this in your area?