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Canberra Drivers. I mean,,,WTF !!!!

By Devil_n_Disquiz - 20 June 2008 59

I know this subject has been done to death on this forum many times so I guess once more won’t hurt. But honestly, what is it with Canberra drivers ??

Last night at around 1745 I drove from City to Chisholm. Trying to think of what would be the quickest way there I elected to cruise the Parkway, shoot across Sulwood and then cut through Gowrie then into Chisholm.

All was going well until I hit the area around the speed cameras near Cotter Road. Heres some friendly helpful advice from someone who is on the road 12 hours a day for work, 100kph zone means you can STILL drive at 100kph and not get caught by a camera. There is absolutely NO NEED to slow down to 80 or 90kph “just to be sure”. Rightly or wrongly I drive past those ones at 105kph and haven’t been photographed yet. They do have a tolerance slightly (as do they all in ACT) over the speed limit so slowing down is not necessary and just pisses off your fellow road users.

Then I get to Hindmarsh Dr overpass and the traffic has come to a screaming halt. Traffic backed up from Sulwood Dr lights to Hindmarsh Dr. Why ?? A simple rear ender down about 1k north of Sulwood lights. They were off to the side of the road, not hampering anyones progress and just having a casual chat with the local plod who had turned up.

Its a rear ender for goodness sakes. It happens everyday in Canberra somewhere and quite frankly its not worth having a good long geek at. Slowing right down to walking pace so you don’t have a nose to tail all of your own so you have have a good look at the damage and go “ooohhh ahhhh” FFS!, Just keep driving.

And while I am on my rant. Canberra drivers would do very well to check their rear lights now and again. I know its a case of out of sight out of mind, or ‘my front lights are working so every other light must be too’, get out and check them occasionally. I lose count of how many cars are bashing around Canberra every night with no rear lights.

Whinge over,,enjoy your ride home.

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Canberra Drivers. I mean,,,WTF !!!!
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caf 2:22 pm
20 Jun 08
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We totally need a “Whinges” post category.

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flying doormat 2:28 pm
20 Jun 08
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Yawn Yawn – whinging bitches here we go again. Agree with Caf that there needs to be a Whinges category. Whilst your at it can you also include a “Mrs Mangles” category so all those nosey people out there are covered.

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Kramer 2:29 pm
20 Jun 08
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I do 95-98 on cruise through the speed cameras. I’m not going to risk a fine just to check whether my speedo is calibrated the same as the cameras. Oh no it’s going to delay you by 5 seconds!

Leave for your destination 5 minutes earlier, and have a beer when you get there. Chill.

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ihatepublicservants 2:37 pm
20 Jun 08
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I also find the speed-camera-slow-down annoying but I’ll live – there are bigger problems out there. As for the tail-lights: you’re dead right. I’ve seen hundreds of cars with a least one light out.

One of my friends has a brake light out. I told her and she agreed that she needed to fix it. Has she done anything? Nope! Four weeks later, still out. People don’t care, they don’t know where to buy the replacement, and they don’t know how to install it. It all adds up to give craptacular cars driving around.

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tylersmayhem 2:53 pm
20 Jun 08
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I agree with Devil_n_Disquiz. It’s ridiculous how so many drivers will be going 100ish down the parkway, then hit the breaks to go past the cameras around 85. Not to mention dangerous! People are not going to get fined for going on the speed limit!

Canberra drivers – for those of you who don’t, please learn to merge at speed rather than hitting the brakes instead of coming to a complete stop at a round about, look, hesitate, look, hesitate, then go just as a car is coming!

I could rant about Canberra driving for about 8 pages, but I won’t bore you all this afternoon. But in the meantime, I hope the idiot who blasted out in front of me yesterday and cut me off starts to consider one day that there are other drivers on the road.

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Clown Killer 3:14 pm
20 Jun 08
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Canberra drivers – for those of you who don’t, please learn to merge…

And if you’re the guy who was driving the current model white Commodore east bound along Adelaide Ave at 7.00am this morning that means you!

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Avy 3:18 pm
20 Jun 08
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>Rightly or wrongly I drive past those ones at 105kph

…according to your speedo…

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tylersmayhem 3:30 pm
20 Jun 08
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>>”I’m not going to risk a fine just to check whether my speedo is calibrated the same as the cameras”<<

I’m sure your speedo isn’t 15K/m per hour out! Do you find yourself cruising past other cars way faster by about 10 or 15 km’s when you drive? If not, you’re probably safe!

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working Australians 4:07 pm
20 Jun 08
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poor little whinging pains have to slow down for a second, get over yourself its a maximun speed limit and as long as you are in the left lane 85 is fine

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tylersmayhem 4:27 pm
20 Jun 08
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Yeah, good plan to hit the break during peak hours and make all other cars slow down too. Fast lane or slow lane…bad idea! It’s dangerous, not a matter of getting somewhere 5 seconds quicker!

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p996911turbo 4:29 pm
20 Jun 08
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Merging! How damn hard is it for people to merge? It’s like a zipper, people! One car from the right lane, then one from the left lane. But no! Some people seem to freak out and drive at 6km/h during the merge, forcing many cars to go past and holding up an entire lane of traffic.

I propose re-testing of drivers every ten years and a road rules knowledge test every five (when renewing licences).

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working Australians 4:39 pm
20 Jun 08
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tylersmayhem said :

Yeah, good plan to hit the break during peak hours and make all other cars slow down too. Fast lane or slow lane…bad idea! It’s dangerous, not a matter of getting somewhere 5 seconds quicker!

There is no fast or slow lane, there is however a left lane and a overtaking lane on dual carrigeways with speed limits over 90 ks ansd if you have aproblem with people slowing a bit you have a serious road rage problem, better get some profesional help with your problem

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Clown Killer 4:43 pm
20 Jun 08
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It’s the ones that go all the way to the end of the feeder lane on the parkway and then STOP! What are they doing? Waiting for a break in the traffic? Likewise those already on the parkway that stay in the left hand lane gawping at the cars coming up the feeder lane.

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Clown Killer 4:47 pm
20 Jun 08
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Working Aussies, I don’t think its the people who tootle along at 95 to sake a few bucks, play it safe or whatever that are causing this problem – its the people who happily zip along the parkwat at 110 and then go “OH crap! The speed camera” and break hard, that are causing the grief.

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Clown Killer 4:47 pm
20 Jun 08
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Working Aussies, I don’t think its the people who tootle along at 95 to save a few bucks on fuel, play it safe or whatever that are causing this problem – its the people who happily zip along the parkwat at 110 and then go “OH crap! The speed camera” and break hard, that are causing the grief.

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