Are you going right?

idea_authority 19 January 2008 73

A rather concerning pattern of blinker usage has cropped up over the past six months and is becoming more and more common.

People are using there right blinker on round-a-bouts when going straight. Now sometimes it can be an honest mistake when people in the right lane decide they don’t want to go right and instead go straight. However more and more people are putting their right blinker on even in the left land causing confusion and a couple of near misses I have witnessed. Even the ACTION drivers are now doing this, going straight in the left lane but indicating right as they come off.

So I want to make it clear to Canberra drivers, that if you are going straight at a round-a-bout, as per the Jan 07 revision of the ACT Road Rules Guide, no blinker is mandatory. You may choose to indicate left as you exit the round-a-bout but you should not indicate right unless you are off the round-a-bout and merging.

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73 Responses to Are you going right?
Sands Sands 2:22 am 08 Feb 08

Ant’s summed it up in each of his/her posts. If you’re ON the roundabout you have right of way. If you want to get OFF the roundabout, indicate as such (ie let other drivers know that you’re getting OFF the roundabout – they don’t know where you got on, if you’re going straight or if you’ve been joy riding around it a dozen times). And unless you’re in the US, that would mean you’d be indicating left.

BigDave BigDave 11:58 pm 07 Feb 08

Ingeegoodbee wrote :
I don’t get the point of the always indicate left dipsticks – it’s pretty simple people, if you’re going straight ahead dont indicate, if you’re turning left or right indicate – it’s not rocket surgery

OK. What if I’ve just arrived at the roundabout, but too late to see where you’ve come from. You’re not indicating either left or right, so I wait and wait only for you to shoot off before me. Now if you only had the common courtesy to indicate, I would have been able to move instead of trying to second guess or read your mind. People such as yourself seem to believe that because you know where you are going, so does everyone else. For safety’s sake too, I don’t understand why you wouldn’t do it. Must be stupid or just plain dumb…

hingo hingo 2:06 pm 06 Feb 08

Ingeegoodbee, I have no idea why someone would be indicating left as they are entering a roundabout if they are turning right. I have seen people indicate right and go straight ahead. Its usually older people who for some reason think that is the rule. I don’t understand why people find it so difficult to understand – how do these people manage to get a license in the first place?

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 11:43 am 06 Feb 08

There was also the “He’s going out to meet the homeless ina white t-shirt and jeans, he’s a man for all people, be they street urchin or homeowner with four kids” angle recently.

The DT had a fairly standard photo-op picture with the caption “One of these men is down on his luck with an uncertain future. The other is homeless'”

Davo111 Davo111 11:30 am 06 Feb 08

Apparently the Libs are trying to go all “He’s down-to-earth and a real human being, honest!”

Those hobbies have been on that website for more than 2 years….

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:28 am 06 Feb 08

Oh my God – that is so cheesy!

I bet he collects stamps too.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:39 am 06 Feb 08

“Riding Motorcycles”
“The Dogs – Sniff and Lucy”
“Playing the guitar”
Complete with further information pages on what he gets up to.

Apparently the Libs are trying to go all “He’s down-to-earth and a real human being, honest!”

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:15 am 06 Feb 08

Going Right? After seeing Brenda(n) Nelson’s performance on the 7.30 Report last night, I think I might have to start going Left!

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 9:53 am 06 Feb 08

Hingo, that makes sense, but how do you account for the dolts inicating left as they enter the roundabout, the right as the go around the curvy bit and then left again as the leave – how the hell does that help?

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:40 am 06 Feb 08

Rocket Surgery danman, takes real smarts and lotsa book learnin… it combines all the hard bits of rocket science and brain surgery

hingo hingo 8:53 am 06 Feb 08

You indicate as you are leaving the roundabout Ingeegoodbee; no matter what direction you are turning. This doesn’t mean you enter with your left blinker on if you are going straight, it means you use it as you exit so any cars entering can see that you are leaving the roundabout. It saves time for everybody who is trying to get onto the roundabout and it is plain courtesy to do so.

Danman Danman 8:40 am 06 Feb 08

err rocket science or brain surgery ?

Ingeegoodbee Ingeegoodbee 10:26 pm 05 Feb 08

Given that the basic principle of roundabout use is “Give way to the right and anyone already on the roundabout” I don’t get the point of the always indicate left dipsticks – it’s pretty simple people, if you’re going straight ahead dont indicate, if you’re turning left or right indicate – it’s not rocket surgery – although it could be a big ask for some NSW, Qld or Victorian drivers who – as a rule are already struggling with road basics.

hingo hingo 10:21 pm 05 Feb 08

I agree 100% with BigDave.

BigDave BigDave 9:36 pm 05 Feb 08

I couldn’t give a flying proverbial what the Road Rulers say. They’re obviously written by idiots. You should ALWAYS indicate left to leave a roundabout, going straight on or wherever. Unless you want that big semi to flatten you.
What’s so hard about it anyway? Just a flick of the wrist. Most Canberra drivers are probably used to that! Haha!
Bascially, it’s just plain laziness. If you can’t do it, then get off the road.

mattyf mattyf 3:52 am 23 Jan 08

It’s true. I’ve seen it multiple times in the last few days, and most recently this evening. All were younger drivers. Not on P plates though. So I guess the habit must have been around for a while.

howdy howdy 11:46 am 21 Jan 08

“because they cant judge the speed of the nanna you have been following”

Excellent call : )

sjp sjp 11:29 am 21 Jan 08

Yeah.. coming from Melbourne i’ve noticed the merging lanes here are outrageously short in most cases!

I agree with Sepi as well, I think giving way to the right makes more sense and they shouldn’t have confused it. The same thing happened in Vic when they adopted the national road rules there.

howdy howdy 11:20 am 21 Jan 08

No, I was actually talking about Perth where there are very short form ones lanes seconds after traffic lights. Very similar to the ones we get after roundabouts. They just formed one lane without having to indicate (I think they’re supposed to though). It was truly amazing

Mælinar Mælinar 10:50 am 21 Jan 08

howdy – these ‘some aussie cities’ you speak of generally have a longer merging area and are well signposted, some examples I have driven are anything up to 2.5km long merging lanes.

In the Canberra example, where you have to merge immediately after exiting the roundabout, it is a very different kettle of fish.

Ultimately, lane merging should look a little like a zipper doing up with the teeth being individual vehicles. Try to do that in Canberra will get your line of traffic filled by some dickhead who thinks it’s acceptable to speed up from behind you and slam on the brakes because they cant judge the speed of the nanna you have been following.

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