It has come to my attention that many of my fellow California drivers require some remedial traffic education, and to be reminded that driving is a privilege which is granted after someone demonstrates that ou is competent to drive a motor vehicle, not a right. That means that you actually are not allowed to flagrantly disobey the traffic laws which prevail wherever you happen to be driving.
Right on red, for example, does not mean “GO on red.” It means that when the light is red, after you have come to a complete stop and ascertained that it is safe to do so, you may turn right. If a right turn is controlled by a separate light, you need to obey that light, not your own personal whims. Occasionally, it is not possible to turn right on right because the traffic is too heavy. Then, perhaps you need to wait for the light to turn green. Sorry.
When someone on a highway is making a left turn off the highway and onto an access road, that person’s right of way trumps that of someone on that access road who is trying to turn onto the highway. Why? Because the traffic on the highway has no stop, and is not required to yield. The person turning left must yield to oncoming traffic on the highway, but not to traffic on side roads.
In the State of California, you cannot enter an intersection unless you know that your vehicle can clear it, regardless of right of way. That means that when traffic on the other side of an intersection is blocked and your light turns green, you don’t get to go until there is enough room on the other side for your car to fit. Otherwise, you will be sitting in the middle of the intersection, which is dangerous, and you could wind up blocking traffic when your light turns red and you are still sitting there and the traffic which now has the right of way cannot go because of your GIGANTIC ASS BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GODDAMN ROAD.
Merging traffic does not have right of way. That means that when a lane is ending, and you are in the lane that is ending, you are responsible for making a safe and timely merge. It does not mean that you should drive to the very end of the lane that is ending and cut someone off. It also does not mean that after the lane has ended, but it is still a little wide, that you should go around a car which is in the remaining lane, because that car has the right of way, not you. While it is nice for people to let each other in in merging traffic, it’s not actually required by law. Get used to it, and don’t be a dick.
Bicycles are traffic. Pedestrians are not. That means that cyclists need to obey the traffic laws, which means that you should treat them like other (very fragile) cars. If you try to be nice to a cyclist, you will probably interrupt the flow of traffic, irritate the cyclist, and piss off other drivers. On the other hand, pedestrians can do pretty much whatever they want and you are powerless to stop them. Also, they’re sneaky/fast little buggers, so watch out.
If your car does not bear a handicapped placard, you do not actually get to park in a handicapped space. Not even for a minute. Not even with your engine running. Go find a parking space for your temporarily able-bodied behind, and schlep wherever it is you need to go like everyone else.
Also, although it’s not specifically stated in the law, when you are a dumbass, it’s really annoying, and also dangerous. So don’t do it.