Canberrans can’t drive – episode 117

maps00454 15 September 2009 93

Hi new to the RiotACT, now not a cranky person at all but had an interesting woman today coming down Adelaide Ave.

As this woman knows so well and stated at the lights to the hospital for me in a heated exchange “IT’S MY RIGHT TO TRAVEL IN THE RIGHT LANE” as she had done all the way from the lodge. This is a 35-50 yr old woman and I’m being quite considerate saying the start age of 35, would you not think from all the publicity surrounding the ever changing road rules and general anger from other motorist’s from people who can’t understand “KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING IN AN 80 KPH ZONE DUAL CARRIAGE LANES”.

I only wish this woman had enough sense to keep herself informed of current road rules. I must say not being from the ACT and traveling quite extensively in Australia it seems many long time residents of Canberra believe this form of disregard of road rules to be a natural born right. Guess what it’s not.
If you see her rego number can’t say it all except that it’s a little white 2 door hatch with “yes” as the first letters of the plate give her a toot if she still hasn’t learned!!!!!!


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gazket gazket 5:09 pm 29 Jan 14

welcome to Canberra …home of the ignoramus middle aged women

rhino rhino 2:14 pm 29 Jan 14

I frankly find it annoying when people lack common courtesy and their argument is that they are legally allowed to be discourteous. I may be legally allowed to call someone a C-word but that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. If it isn’t the right thing to do then it’s the wrong thing to do. So therefore it was the wrong thing to do. Pretty obvious when applying common sense or common courtesy as others have said.

farq farq 12:56 am 29 Jan 14

Somethings never change…..

The-Riotact will be missed.

sloppery sloppery 11:55 am 10 Feb 10

Ryano said :

Only in Canberra would an item like this be brought down to the letter of the law.

If someone was behind me, and I was going below the speed limit in the right-hand lane, I’d move left. He/she might be in a hurry, have kids alone, need to go to hospital, etc.

It’s common courtesy, not to mention common sense.

At least someone here has a clue. +1

YourWelcome YourWelcome 11:05 am 10 Feb 10

Puh-lease. Simply a matter of common courtesy. I get frustrated with people all the time who hang in the right lane going considerably slower than the designated speed limit. Behind me there will be a long line of other frustrated drivers. In the left lane, banked up traffic. Much (in my view) of the traffic hassles in Canberra could be avoided if 1) people stayed in the left lane unless overtaking and 2)if Canberra drivers weren’t such nervous drivers.

Ryano Ryano 9:14 pm 27 Sep 09

Only in Canberra would an item like this be brought down to the letter of the law.

If someone was behind me, and I was going below the speed limit in the right-hand lane, I’d move left. He/she might be in a hurry, have kids alone, need to go to hospital, etc.

It’s common courtesy, not to mention common sense.

hurr hurr 12:48 pm 27 Sep 09

I’m of the opinion of a few others here, I’ll keep to the right hand lane where legally allowed to do so if I’m going to be turning right soon. Especially when busy because some people have shown that they’re not courteous enough to allow me to merge into the right hand lane from the left when my turn off is coming up. I’m also willing to bet that the people responsible for behaviour like that are people like the Speedy Gonzales OP who would probably laugh off another driver’s attempts to get from A to B if it interferes with his big headed “must speed” attitude.

Too much road rage from people. Perhaps we should have mandatory anger tests with licensing. Those who show too much anger aren’t eligible for a licence. Raging will only make some people more cautious and uncertain. If you’re cautious or uncertain on a road, the first thing you do is reduce your speed.

astrojax astrojax 9:20 pm 17 Sep 09

berra j – the same folk what teach folk to indicate left when they merge when two lanes merge into one with a ‘lane one form’ sign painted on… crazy in the brain.

usually same drivers who didn’t indicate when they actually turned onto the road or changed lanes across the unbroken lane line a bit before it… or the ones who turn right from the right lane of a two lane road into the far left lane of the two lane road into which they are turning [the roundabout near the war memorial, with its unbroken lane line at the the top of anzac is a classic example] or drive through ‘stop’ signs just to get into a gap they’d otherwise miss – aww diddums… ; )

RatsNest RatsNest 12:51 pm 17 Sep 09

Special G said :

Berra J – read the road rules – technically correct.

BerraJ said :

And can I just ask WHO THE HELL IS TEACHING DRIVERS TO INDICATE RIGHT WHEN GOING STRAIGHT ON A ROUNDABOUT!! I have seen it and almost crashed because of it at least a dozen times.

IIRC (this was in NSW not sure if ACT was the same) when the rule to indicate off the roundabout came into effect it did have a clause about indicating to the right. This lasted about 4-5 weeks then the rule was revised to ‘only indicate off the roundabout’ probably due to the number of fenderbenders the confusion caused.

BerraJ BerraJ 11:21 am 17 Sep 09

Thoroughly Smashed said :

swissbignose said :

Are you sure about that, Special G?

One is supposed to indicate *left* when exiting a roundabout (including going straight), but I’ve never heard of indicating right to go straight.

I see people doing it and still haven’t worked out where they got the idea that it’s necessary.
 

Special G said :

Berra J – read the road rules – technically correct.

BerraJ said :

And can I just ask WHO THE HELL IS TEACHING DRIVERS TO INDICATE RIGHT WHEN GOING STRAIGHT ON A ROUNDABOUT!! I have seen it and almost crashed because of it at least a dozen times.

From the Australian Road Rules:

113 Giving a right change of direction signal when entering a roundabout
(1) This rule applies to a driver entering a roundabout if the driver is to leave the roundabout more than halfway around it.

From the ACT Road Rules Handbook:

In simple terms: When approaching a multi-lane roundabout with the intention of continuing straight ahead, approach in either the left or right hand lane (Example 2 refers) and operate the left hand indicator after entering the roundabout and continue to indicate throughout the turn.

So, what “road rules” are you reading?

I too would like to know what ‘road rules’ Special G is reading.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 10:02 am 17 Sep 09

swissbignose said :

Are you sure about that, Special G?

One is supposed to indicate *left* when exiting a roundabout (including going straight), but I’ve never heard of indicating right to go straight.

I see people doing it and still haven’t worked out where they got the idea that it’s necessary.
 

Special G said :

Berra J – read the road rules – technically correct.

BerraJ said :

And can I just ask WHO THE HELL IS TEACHING DRIVERS TO INDICATE RIGHT WHEN GOING STRAIGHT ON A ROUNDABOUT!! I have seen it and almost crashed because of it at least a dozen times.

From the Australian Road Rules:

113 Giving a right change of direction signal when entering a roundabout
(1) This rule applies to a driver entering a roundabout if the driver is to leave the roundabout more than halfway around it.

From the ACT Road Rules Handbook:

In simple terms: When approaching a multi-lane roundabout with the intention of continuing straight ahead, approach in either the left or right hand lane (Example 2 refers) and operate the left hand indicator after entering the roundabout and continue to indicate throughout the turn.

So, what “road rules” are you reading?

Jim Jones Jim Jones 8:37 am 17 Sep 09

swissbignose said :

Are you sure about that, Special G?

One is supposed to indicate *left* when exiting a roundabout (including going straight), but I’ve never heard of indicating right to go straight.

Pfft. No-one is supposed to ever use their indicators except for the purposes of subversive counterintelligence.

Everyone knows that.

swissbignose swissbignose 1:58 am 17 Sep 09

Are you sure about that, Special G?

One is supposed to indicate *left* when exiting a roundabout (including going straight), but I’ve never heard of indicating right to go straight.

Cletus 2 Cletus 2 12:40 am 17 Sep 09

maps00454 said :

Hi Again,

Great Interest must be a sore point for most and you too……

As I’m wrong I stand corrected maybe it’s just Canberra people think there above the rest of us. Spoke to a nice copper today who did state it is keep left in an a zone over 80kph well sorry people got it wrong all bar those who still stay in that lane get out your a pain in everyone’s a__e and bloody rude as this copper said it’s a matter of curtsy. Know I know why people have such a wonderful liking for people from the ACT!!!!
Seems to me all over Europe and the rest of the country people have no problem being sensible and staying left but hey these are Canberra’s finest were talking about.

And for horn use that’s a really good point should we book all those people saying good-bye to friends too? with a toot.

Thanks for you interest got some attention hey…….

Well I’d certainly never go out of my way to “curtsy” to people like you.

Muttsybignuts Muttsybignuts 9:47 pm 16 Sep 09

Special G said :

Berra J – read the road rules – technically correct.

BerraJ said :

And can I just ask WHO THE HELL IS TEACHING DRIVERS TO INDICATE RIGHT WHEN GOING STRAIGHT ON A ROUNDABOUT!! I have seen it and almost crashed because of it at least a dozen times.

I thought you were supposed to indicate left to signal that you were exiting the roundabout?

Special G Special G 8:18 pm 16 Sep 09

Berra J – read the road rules – technically correct.

BerraJ said :

And can I just ask WHO THE HELL IS TEACHING DRIVERS TO INDICATE RIGHT WHEN GOING STRAIGHT ON A ROUNDABOUT!! I have seen it and almost crashed because of it at least a dozen times.

OYM OYM 5:51 pm 16 Sep 09

Now let me get this straight Maps00454. You’ve accosted a woman who was not breaking any law and accused her of doing so. You’ve then advocated tooting at her in a circumstance where the law does not permit use of a horn. You have then admitted that you were wrong on both counts (kudos there).

You are quite correct in that it may have been courteous for the woman to have moved over, although she was in her legal right to stay in her lane. You then suggest that the reason that Canberra people may not be liked is a lack of courtesy. You then throw in a couple of digs at Canberra people; an action that is not exactly courteous. I think a bit more humility is called for when you were so gobsmackingly wrong.

BerraJ BerraJ 4:57 pm 16 Sep 09

And can I just ask WHO THE HELL IS TEACHING DRIVERS TO INDICATE RIGHT WHEN GOING STRAIGHT ON A ROUNDABOUT!! I have seen it and almost crashed because of it at least a dozen times.

frank2112 frank2112 2:15 pm 16 Sep 09

Jim Jones said :

maps00454 said :

Hi Again,

Great Interest must be a sore point for most and you too……

As I’m wrong I stand corrected maybe it’s just Canberra people think there above the rest of us. Spoke to a nice copper today who did state it is keep left in an a zone over 80kph well sorry people got it wrong all bar those who still stay in that lane get out your a pain in everyone’s a__e and bloody rude as this copper said it’s a matter of curtsy. Know I know why people have such a wonderful liking for people from the ACT!!!!
Seems to me all over Europe and the rest of the country people have no problem being sensible and staying left but hey these are Canberra’s finest were talking about.

And for horn use that’s a really good point should we book all those people saying good-bye to friends too? with a toot.

Thanks for you interest got some attention hey…….

I sense great anger within you.

Maybe you’d have less hassles on the road if you, you know, relaxed a little bit. It’s not a race, man. Chillax and enjoy the ride.

Couldn’t agree more. I’d rather get there in one peice than not at all. Plus the longer it takes the more music and ME time I get.

Muttsybignuts Muttsybignuts 1:00 pm 16 Sep 09

Igglepiggle said :

Muttsy were you behind me on the Tharwa Drive roadworks just before lunch? Some tool felt the need to tailgate, try to overtake (into the blocked off roadwork lane!) and then honk once I turned off, all because I had the audacity to sit on the 40km/h speed limit through the roadwork sign! Charmer.

Sorry mate. Wasn’t me. 1. I only tailgate, honk and abuse right hand sitters who drive under the limit. 2. Tharwa road roadworks sounds WAY too far out for me. I live on the dark side.

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