On my drive to work, I was yet again stuck waiting for a passive driver.
You see, there's this chunk of my drive where I turn left from a minor street onto a major one. The street I'm turning from (Spicewood Parkway) has a stop sign. The more major street (Anderson Mill) has five lanes - two each direction plus a center turn lane (and no stop sign - they have right of way). During rush hour (both morning and evening), there's a lot of traffic on Anderson Mill, and it varies in speed (the speed limit is 35, but some people go as much as 50mph). It can be a challenge to accurately judge distance and speed of oncoming cars. It's an intimidating intersection if you're turning left from Spicewood Parkway to Anderson Mill. The great thing about this is there's a nearby street that intersects Anderson Mill and has a light! There's a map here. Olson Dr. is the street with a light and even a protected left turn onto Anderson Mill. I realise taking Olson is a little bit longer, but it avoids the need to judge oncoming traffic.
If you're not good at judging traffic, or if you're just not an aggressive driver, you're better off just taking Olsen, instead of sitting on Spicewood Parkway, letting a line of cars build up behind you, as you don't turn, and don't turn, and don't turn. If you're either unable or unwilling to turn in the gaps between traffic, but want to wait for a clear road, go down to the street with a light.
I realise not everyone has the same abilities. Sometimes, you're somewhere with an intersection similar to the one at Spicewood Parkway, and you're not comfortable with your judgment and/or your vehicle, and you take your time. That's understandable. Better to avoid a collision and take a bit longer. But in this particular case, there's an option with a light, with a protected left turn, just a couple of blocks (really, not very far at all) further, that will lower your stress and avoid you slowing down more aggressive drivers. Take it - make your life easier and our lives less frustrating.