My wife and I just returned from a week in Virginia Beach; this year her 2007 STS providing the transportation. There are a lot of ways her STS helped make this another great driving vacation and but there was one point in our return trip that the often-criticized STS Navigation System didn't just perform flawlessly like it had for the whole trip, it actually saved a lot of time for us during a full day of tough driving and helped out one of our cousins in a CTS-V!
We left the beach on Sunday, which any experienced driver will tell you is a flirtation with bridge/tunnel backups & the dreaded Summer Northbound I-95. Yep! By the time we reached DC, we were behind schedule but our I-Pass is now a member of EZ-Pass and I-495 was a wide-open cruise at high speeds past miles of stop & go - B2B traffic; a nice twist on open road tolling. I-270 & I-70 through Maryland weren't bad. Then I tagged my partner to drive the next leg (we had hoped to overnight in Ohio.)
My wife is more than competent behind the wheel, so she was looking forward to driving 'The Nation's First Superhighway - The Pennsylvania Turnpike'. She took over in Maryland on I-70 where we just missed a car-fire delay and re-acquainted herself with the 6-speed manual mode as I-70 jogged North into PA. However, I completely forgot that the link that joins into I-76 (Pa Turnpike) does so through an old-fashioned T-intersection with traffic signals at US-30. This is where the Navigation system gave advice that saved us a long wait.
When I-70 ends into this intersection, it forms three lanes: the left for US-30 West & the right for US-30 East and 'To I-76'. The fading paint on the pavement also shows the center lane as an alternative for I-76 but it is VERY EASY to miss. Traffic (including many 18-wheelers and presumably experienced drivers) was stopped (B2B). At first we were confused when the Navigation (Nikki?) kept saying 'Bear Left - I-70 Ends - Bear Left - Turn right onto US-30.' But that was actually excellent advice!
Without a single doubt, my better half resisted the temptation to join the line of sheeple in the right lane and rolled by over a mile of stopped traffic; finally ending up in a middle lane! Sure enough, there were two lanes turning right as a traffic light slowly cycled. A few cars behind us, I noticed the familiar Caddy Crest on a CTS-V grille and little cousin had little trouble following our growing procession onto I-76. Not many have EZ-Pass yet but that just makes an enjoyable 3-hour performance run that much more fun.
We overnighted in Cranberry, just past Pittsburgh. We may not have made it to Ohio that first day, but it sure wasn't as bad as it was looking approaching DC!