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The Pittsburgh Left

(12 votes, average: 3.58 out of 5)
The Pittsburgh Left - Waiting for the green light...

Just waiting for the light to change. Thinking about the Steelers.

The Pittsburgh Left - The light turns green

HA HA Suckas! I'm the king of the road!

The Pittsburgh Left - There you have it...

Hey come on! What are you waiting for #@!$!! GO!!! BEEEEEP!!!

The Pittsburgh Left involves two cars facing one another waiting at a traffic light or other stop signal: one turning left and one going straight. The left-turning car will execute its turn through the intersection before the car going straight passes through the intersection, where normally it would yield. Permission to do so is either given by the car going straight, or sometimes taken by the left-turning car by starting through the left turn early enough so as not to obstruct the straight-going driver. This practice is seen as courteous, because a very small delay for the oncoming vehicle can eliminate a long delay for the left turning vehicle and those blocked behind it.

Where is this?
Any given intersection in the Burgh

Where else do they do this?
Nowhere else

What time of day does it happen?
Any time of the day

7 Responses

  1. Nathan February 2, 2012 at 3:35 am #

    Considering I’ll start moving forward before the light turns green, good luck getting in front of me.

  2. Thaze June 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I was born and raised in (exceptionally boring) Pittsburgh, but I’ve lived everywhere from Toronto to Montreal to New York to Southern California, and yes, this is definitely a Pittsburgh thing. But why stop at the ‘Pittsburgh Left’? This is, without a doubt, the absolute worst city for driving. The worst road design, the worst road conditions, the slowest drivers in the free world (the flow of traffic here is like the flow of molasses in winter time), the worst drivers in general.

  3. Juzdoit April 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    It’s called a Pittsburgh Left because it just so happens that Pittsburgh is one of the only towns left that does not have a dedicated traffic light for left turns at major intersections. Notfromhere you know not what you speak of, this so called travesty is executed everywhere in the country and indeed the world. If your reactions are too slow it’s incumbent upon the opposite drive to take advantage of your inabilities. Sour grapes coz you got the mickey taken out of you isn’t cool.

  4. Hal December 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    Aw c’mon, what’s wrong with yinz? You allow it for just the first car, and everybody’s good n’at. Where yinz from, Cleveland?

  5. @LappyGirl August 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I had NO idea that this was a Pittsburgh only thing! How odd. I for one, am not polite enough to allow this. I agree with NotFromHere. Pull a Pittsburgh Left on ME, and you’ll be HEARING some choice words and SEEING my favorite finger. ;)

  6. NotFromHere May 24, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    I go out of my way to try to hit people who take the Pittsburgh left in front of my car. I have lived in six states from Alaska to South Carolina and this is the only place I have ever encountered this idiotic phenomenon. It is not “polite”. It is a blatant disregard for the rules of the road. Do it, and you’re ASKING to be hit. I HATE THE PITTSBURGH LEFT.

    • nathan bane November 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

      If you wernt born here and grew up here, then you will never understand. LONG LIVE THE PITTSBURGH LEFT!

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