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Do I deserve the bird?

By dorrie - 20 August 2008 147

Do I deserve ‘the finger’ while driving the speed limit on right hand lane of Belconnen Way at 5.15pm

Is there a rule that I should be on left hand lane if I’m doing 80 kph. Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days,  especially P platers.

[ED – Still waiting to find out when these good old days actually were]

Sitting in the right hand lane doing 80 in an 80 zone

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Do I deserve the bird?
Overheard 12:45 pm 20 Aug 08

Thumper said :

helpful vg,

but i’m a hobbitt and inspire fear in no man, woman, child or small furry creature.

Except errant Raiders now forced to walk the straight and narrow in fear of your mad song-parody skillz!!

dorrie, I wouldn’t have flipped the bird but maybe would have shot an incredulous glance/glare at you. Unless you’re about to turn, stick to the left as a courtesy to your fellow-driver. Forcing others to overtake on the left comes with risks, as you’ve got less of a view of someone coming up the blind-side than on the right, where I would suggest most drivers are expecting overtakers.

AG Canberra 12:43 pm 20 Aug 08

Either way it is polite – like standing to the left on escalators and letting ladies out of a lift first.

Recently I have noticed a distinct correlation between the (short)distance between the driver and their steering wheel and their propensity to sit in the right lane doing barely the speed limit.

G-Fresh 12:40 pm 20 Aug 08

Use the left lane to get around them, instead of having your little hissy fit.

If unable to get around, good luck to you. Might prevent you from crashing while speeding and texting your besties

Thumper 12:38 pm 20 Aug 08

helpful vg,

but i’m a hobbitt and inspire fear in no man, woman, child or small furry creature.

Crikey 12:36 pm 20 Aug 08

Deserves the bird….

I hate slow driver’s using the right lane.

G-Fresh 12:33 pm 20 Aug 08

When it is signposted such a rule is in effect. Otherwise, no such rule

vg 12:33 pm 20 Aug 08

Hanging out in the right lane can be viewed as inconsiderate but if you must do it at the speed limit here’s a hint.

Sit there until you see the speed camera van, obstructing the accelerating cars from behind you from seeing it. Pull into the centre or left lane at the most opportune moment for the accelerating car to be hitting maximum overtaking pace in the right lane you just occupied whilst in full view and detection of the speed van. Casually drive up to the next set of lights, pulling next to the recently detected speeder. Make signals with you hands as if you were taking a picture, laugh and give them a pleasant wave. You will be happy in the knowledge of knowing that:

a) You did the right thing by getting out of the right lane; and
b) The ass whno sped up behind you may think twice about doing it again.

Funny thing about some of these impatient drivers around this town is there’s not much put up and plenty of shut up. I sat casually right on the speed limit in my little Beetle on the way home from the gym. Young impatient man sat millimetres from my clacker down the single lane road flashing his headlights and then cutting me off overtaking on a roundabout. Predictably we finished up next to each other at the lights. I looked at him and shook my head then went back to listening to the radio. He started with the horn blasting and abuse. I ingored it for a piece but then he made motions about wanting to sort it out outside of the car. I thought to myself ‘why thats a bit childish but hey, I didn’t start it’. I said to him ‘if you’d like to discuss it further just pop into that bus stop down the road’. He did and got out of the car all fired up and stormed towards my car. I then alighted from the vehicle slowly and stood my full 6 inches and 40kg heavier than the young chap, a little pumped up after a gym session. He looked at me, sh1t himself and ran back to his car. He couldn’t pull back into traffic so I stood next to the drivers side window and gently tapped on it and asked ‘got something to say asswipe?’. He looked at me and actually started crying in fear.

I haven’t laughed that hard in years. I guess he’ll think twice.

Its amazing how much more relaxing the driving experience is when you get away 5 mins early and stick to the speed limit, not to mention the improved fuel economy. People should relax more in cars

Aurelius 12:32 pm 20 Aug 08

Sitting on the speed limit in a 80 zone in the right lane is perfectly legal and acceptable behaviour. But in the interests of safety, if someone tailgates you, you should slow down (to prevent accidents of course).

justbands 12:30 pm 20 Aug 08

> Politeness? Turn it up. The right hand lane isn’t for overtaking, it is for right hand or ‘U’ turns

So those signs everywhere that say “KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING” are just a Government joke? On some highways they even mention fines for driving along in the right hand lane without overtaking.

G-Fresh 12:27 pm 20 Aug 08

Keep left all you want. But don’t expect others to do the same.

G-Fresh 12:24 pm 20 Aug 08

kkcscdp said :

you shouldn’t be driving in the right hand land if you are going slower then the rest of the traffic, no matter what the speed limit is.

Slower cars use the left lane – This seems to be a little know road rule because it happens all over Canberra. If someone does not want to do the same speed as you, let them pass.

I hate hate hate moronic drivers that can’t overtake in the left hand lane. It’s not that hard. The road is NOT only yours to use.

Get your facts straight. There is not a blanket rule that slow cars use left lanes.

planeguy said :

However some may claim that politeness would mean you should keep left in speed zones lower than that.

Politeness? Turn it up. The right hand lane isn’t for overtaking, it is for right hand or ‘U’ turns. Or for merging into a transit lane. Or for stopping on the median stip to syphon the python. Or to irritate idiots who think they own the road in their Diahatsu Charade.

fnaah 12:20 pm 20 Aug 08

You probably didn’t deserve the finger, but yeah, keep left unless overtaking. (Note: if you need to be in the right lane to exit/turn, that’s fine, but not four k’s before the actual exit/intersection.)

jakez 12:16 pm 20 Aug 08

If you were doing the speed limit then the only reason they could be angry with you was if they wanted to speed. I think that weakens their claim to a righteous finger significantly.

I would agree with planeguy about ‘politeness and the left lane’ though.

Shake it off because it sounds like you didn’t do anything wrong. Next time, raise your finger in righteous rebuke.

kkcscdp 12:15 pm 20 Aug 08

Whilst you probably didn’t deserve the “bird”, you shouldn’t be driving in the right hand land if you are going slower then the rest of the traffic, no matter what the speed limit is.

I hate, hate, hate people that drive slow (even if it is the speed limit) in the right hand lane. Slower cars use the left lane – This seems to be a little know road rule because it happens all over Canberra. If someone does not want to do the same speed as you, let them pass.

planeguy 12:08 pm 20 Aug 08

The law is that where the speed limit is above 80kmh you are required to keep left unless overtaking.

However some may claim that politeness would mean you should keep left in speed zones lower than that.

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