Almost anyone who’s ever ridden in a vehicle with me can confirm that I am, at baseline, a pretty lousy driver.
Just ask my friend from residency, Dr. J.F., about the time I accidentally jumped my Jeep Wrangler, “Dukes of Hazzard”-style, when I thought that some sketchy people in a station wagon were chasing us and I tried to take a shortcut back to the hospital to get away from them.
We caught some serious air.
How was I to know that there was a huge pothole in the road? It was dark and rainy, and I was driving a wee bit faster than necessary.
While my driving is not stellar, my navigation is. Spouse will vehemently disagree with this (he started calling me “Magellan” with oozing sarcasm more than a decade ago), but he’s wrong. I get there by gut, every time. Plus a real Magellan GPS device.
Here’s a tip I learned recently. Perhaps the hackneyed summer school driver’s ed course I took when I was 15 mentioned this, but I was probably asleep.
Check out these Interstate Exit signs:
The positioning of the Exit Number sign over the Route sign indicates whether the exit location is to the right, left, or straight.
This will be a left exit.
This will be a right exit.
If the Exit sign is in the middle, stay straight.
If you want to read more, this is an interesting article about the U.S. road system.
P.S. East-West interstate highways are even numbered. North-South interstate highways are odd numbered.
P.P.S. If an interstate highway is numbered with 3 digits, then it means it is not a primary highway, rather it’s a loop or connector that runs diagonally or around a city.