I was driving North on Northbourne Ave yesterday towards the Dickson intersection at 2.45pm. There was a fairly long line of cars in the lane to turn right into Antil St, so I decided to go straight instead. As I approached the red lights, I noticed the bus driver getting out of his bus. I pulled up at the lights and this is what I saw:
The bus driver went round to the driver of the first car that was stopped about 2 metres from the white stop line.
He gestured towards the line
He walked off and the first car moved forward 2 metres.
(Up until then I was guessing that the bus had a mechanical issue and was asking for space so it could park on the median strip)
The other vehicles, including the bus, closed ranks
The arrow went green and a split second later – a New York minute! – the second car in the line beeped. Just a short, non-aggressive beep.
The first car moved off immediately, all the other vehicles followed very closely, including the bus, and the whole line managed to get through the intersection before the light even turned orange.
Cars being slow to take off at the lights and leaving 3 car lengths between their car and the car in front of them is definitely one of my traffic pet hates. I am too polite to beep, but I often yell “Wake up!” very loudly, which is probably much ruder if my window’s open. So a bus driver seemingly educating drivers on this was very funny. But I think what gave me the most pleasure was that NY minute beep. Never seen anything like it in Canberra!