Kevin, I hope your drive to and from work was safe.
I dislike making left turns so much that I will drive a mile or more out of the way, to find an intersection with a light with a green arrow for making left turns. It is terrifying to me to make a left turn with no traffic light.
The description you give of merging from a ramp from one highway into another,is extremely bad at two intersections near my shack, and while I avoid one of those as much as I can, there is another one where I have to go on a ramp and make a left turn right at the river span of a high rise bridge.
Often I will take a less crowded highway over the river, and chance having to stop at the drawbridge, which sometimes delays me by 15 mins, but does not have the terror of turning left into a busy crowded highway right at the span over the river of the high rise bridge.
That other intersection, where I have seen quite a few wrecks, and have had some near misses with other cars, is one that I sometimes cannot avoid.
When you are driving, keep your eyes on the road and wide open all the time, as Sammy Johns was told in the song "Chevy Van," and Johnny Cash sang that he did in "I Walk the Line."
Once An SA, Always an SA