The Simple Life #6: Driving in the Diamond Lane

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” ― George Carlin

Honest Eds Corner of Bathurst and Bloor Toronto

Photo by Luxavision

As I was driving down Eglinton Avenue with my tita, tito, and mother, there was slow traffic ahead and as we sat in the middle lane, I saw the TTC bus zoom past us on the right and thought I wish I was a bus. Then a looked up at the diamond lane sign and realized I could drive on the diamond lane because I had 3+ people in my car. That made me smile with amusement for I could zoom past the traffic like the TTC bus. I saved about 20 minutes in traffic which felt truly gratifying for I can look at the other drivers with a smirk as I passed them, thinking “Ha ha sucker!” I know it sounds so mean but I am usually one of those drivers stuck in traffic, so why not WIN for once?

Diamond Lane Sign

If you don’t know what the diamond lane is, it is a special lane on a street or highway that is designated for certain vehicles such as buses, taxis, and carpools (could be 2-3+ people, depending on the road restrictions). It is marked with a white diamond on the road or a sign above, hence the name ‘diamond lane’. It was created to alleviate traffic during rush hour and encourages environmentally friendly travelling, for example by bus or carpool.

It is a truly amazing feeling when you get to surpass traffic and save time for who likes to sit in traffic? Unfortunately, I am usually travelling alone which a lot of people do, so I don’t get this luxury, hence why I avoid driving during rush hour as much as possible. If you are unlucky in that you have to drive through rush hour, try carpooling so you can take advantage of the diamond lane for it can save you a lot of time, money, and you help sustain the environment.