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An ode to Canberra Drivers

By johnboy - 13 September 2010 39

Blogger “Girl in the City” has posted a lengthy rant on the Canberra driver.

Then there is the driver who attempts to park but doesn’t quite manage to park (a) straight (b) in between their designated lines or (c) without scratching my car. Thanks, alot!!!

Then there is the driver that thinks they are so special that they have to talk on their mobile while travelling 100 kilometres an hour down a highway instead of calling the person back.

It goes on a bit, but are Canberra drivers really so bad? And what would fix it?

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An ode to Canberra Drivers
Woody Mann-Caruso 2:07 pm 13 Sep 10

Are truly terrible (57%, 97 Votes)

That would be the same 57% of people who rate their own driving as ‘significantly better than average’.

I wonder what miraculous, as yet unobserved factor accounts for us having the worst drivers in the country, and yet the lowest fatality rate per 100,000 population in Australia?

2009 / 2004
Aus 6.8 / 7.9
NSW 6.4 / 7.6
Vic 5.3 / 6.9
QLD 7.5 / 8.0
SA 7.3 / 9.0
WA 8.8 / 12.0
Tas 12.7 / 12.0
NT 13.7 / 17.3
ACT 3.4 / 2.7

What mystical energy keeps our age standardised rates of serious injury per 100,000 population lower than everywhere except WA?

NSW 237.4
Vic 251.1
Qld 277.1
WA 209.8
SA 237.4
Tas 258.0
NT 343.2
ACT 236.4

And we do all of this in an environment characterised by, we are led to believe, a near total lack of police on our roads, the country’s worst driver training and licensing regime, Australia’s most lenient vehicle inspection scheme, and a glut of utterly ineffective speed cameras. Why, that’s…that’s…what’s the word I’m looking for?

p1 1:29 pm 13 Sep 10

jasere said :

farnarkler said :

A lot of Canberra drivers seem to think that the speed limit is at least 10km per hour more than that shown on speed limit signs.

Thats must of been a typo?

10km per hour LESS than that shown limit signs. and the cherry is to use the right lane.

I have found that if driving at exactly the speed limit (checked by accurate GPS, so very little error), usually around 60 per cent of people are going faster then you, and the rest going slower. The varies greatly depending on circumstance, eg in road work areas people tend to exceed the speed-limit more, although not necessarily by much. If their is a police presence 90+ per cent will be at or below the speed limit. If you are with in 100m of a speed camera 99 per cent of traffic will be 10km/h below the limit, but back over it by 100m the other side.

jasere 1:13 pm 13 Sep 10

farnarkler said :

A lot of Canberra drivers seem to think that the speed limit is at least 10km per hour more than that shown on speed limit signs.

Thats must of been a typo?

10km per hour LESS than that shown limit signs. and the cherry is to use the right lane.

astrojax 1:01 pm 13 Sep 10

rapunzel said :

These ridiculous and poorly written rants drive me insane.

yes, but is the driving good or terrible – and are you representative of other canberrans being driven insane..? so many unanswered questions.

i actually think queenslanders among the generically worst drivers in the country, but that is just a personal [if correct] insight…

BlackIce 12:46 pm 13 Sep 10

farnarkler said :

A lot of Canberra drivers seem to think that the speed limit is at least 10km per hour more than that shown on speed limit signs.

I remember when I got my first car a few years back. I thought there might be something wrong with the speedometer, as most cars seemed to go past at least 10km/hr faster than I was going (often with gestures when they’d been “trapped” behind me in the right lane on the Parkway while I was overtaking someone else).

It wasn’t until I happened to be driving in the vicinity of a police car that I could confirm there was nothing wrong with my car: suddenly everyone was doing the same speed as myself and the police car.

Beserk Keyboard Warr 11:50 am 13 Sep 10

How oh how do you come across this sort of stuff Johnboy? Your Google search history would make compelling reading.

farnarkler 11:38 am 13 Sep 10

Jungle Jim every time some pond life tailgates you it is a dangerous encounter. Either you drive so fast you’re never tailgated, or it hasn’t occurred to you that if you’ve got someone driving too close to your car and you have to stop suddenly, your car is going to need a visit to a panelbeaters and possibly you to a chiropractor.

rapunzel 11:26 am 13 Sep 10

These ridiculous and poorly written rants drive me insane.

BimboGeek 11:25 am 13 Sep 10

They get much better when it starts raining. Those eager to get off the road and out of the danger as quickly as possible flow perfectly smoothly around those who halve their speed in response to the terrible danger.

Sideways station wagon action between Civic and Kingston or pretending you’re in a sports car on the way up Mount Ainslie or around the lake at Yarralumla are also definitely the important motor sports that keep Canberra drivers sharp!

farnarkler 11:16 am 13 Sep 10

A lot of Canberra drivers seem to think that the speed limit is at least 10km per hour more than that shown on speed limit signs.

MangaGal 10:57 am 13 Sep 10

“What would fit it?”

How about transforming Canberra into a robotic city? What I meant is having programmed robots to drive our cars around, so they have conditions and variables set in them. They can’t go over the speed limit and can’t change lanes unnecessarily.

Didn’t they start a trial in US already? I remember seeing a program, something about hi-tech stuff. That car they did an experiment on can only travel within that particular lane and within the speed limit.

So if the entire Canberra city is built like that. Wouldn’t it be safe?

Me no fry 10:35 am 13 Sep 10

arescarti42 said :

“And what would fix it?”

Some sort of visible police presence and a driver training/learner driver program that actually requires some skerrick of skill to pass.

In short, money that the government doesn’t want to spend.

No no, a couple more speed cameras should do the trick.

Jungle Jim 10:32 am 13 Sep 10

That was a terribly written ‘blog’ with a background colour almost as offensive as the writing.

In saying that, while I do get frustrated with Canberra’s driving public every so often, I have only had a couple of actually dangerous encounters in my 15 years behind the wheel. I don’t think we’re THAT bad here.

arescarti42 10:12 am 13 Sep 10

“And what would fix it?”

Some sort of visible police presence and a driver training/learner driver program that actually requires some skerrick of skill to pass.

In short, money that the government doesn’t want to spend.

p1 10:03 am 13 Sep 10

I would like to vote for Are no worse than any others AND Are truly terrible.

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