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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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Here_and_Now 10:17 am 03 Dec 12

switch said :

Isn’t there some rule that if you are 30 km/h BELOW the speed limit you are supposed to pull over and let others pass? Not that I see it used much, not even by those bloody front-end loaders who decide that peak hour is the best time to travel on the expressway, at 50kph.

I don’t think it’s an actual law here. I guess it’d be hard to apply consistently or usefully.

switch 9:34 am 03 Dec 12

Isn’t there some rule that if you are 30 km/h BELOW the speed limit you are supposed to pull over and let others pass? Not that I see it used much, not even by those bloody front-end loaders who decide that peak hour is the best time to travel on the expressway, at 50kph.

460cixy 7:53 am 03 Dec 12

If you can’t manage to drive at the speed limit get off the road so others can thanks

Basilbrush 9:45 pm 02 Dec 12

I am sure there are more important things in this world than whinging about people driving under the speed limit….get over it. Not everyone drives to the maximum speed limit. Just because it states 100km/h – does not mean you HAVE to drive at that limit. It simply means you can drive UP to that limit.

Overtake, back off or keep quiet…….

p1 9:31 pm 02 Dec 12

Pork Hunt said :

LaZingara said :

I’d just be happy if they could learn something as basic as keep left!
Leeza Silverman

Is this a record for the oldest resurrection of a post on RA?

Not even close. Pretty sure there was a zombie thread from 2005 recently…

Deref 6:24 pm 02 Dec 12

mrnamjama said :

By the way, the reason for the traffic jams where there should in theory be no traffic jams…

http://blogs.zdnet.com/emergingtech/?p=778

It’s a backwards travelling wave, which can hang around for hours after the initial cause is cleared away (if there even was a particular ’cause’ – it is simply caused by one or more people braking too much…)

The UK has done a lot of reasearch into this. On parts of the M1, a computer controls traffic speed to avoid that wave phenomenon, and it’s eliminated traffic jams. It’s bloody impressive. I don’t suppose we’ll ever be smart enough to implement that here.

Pork Hunt 5:11 pm 02 Dec 12

LaZingara said :

I’d just be happy if they could learn something as basic as keep left!
Leeza Silverman

Is this a record for the oldest resurrection of a post on RA?

LaZingara 4:34 pm 02 Dec 12

I’d just be happy if they could learn something as basic as keep left!
Leeza Silverman

mrnamjama 11:04 am 23 Jun 08

By the way, the reason for the traffic jams where there should in theory be no traffic jams…

http://blogs.zdnet.com/emergingtech/?p=778

It’s a backwards travelling wave, which can hang around for hours after the initial cause is cleared away (if there even was a particular ’cause’ – it is simply caused by one or more people braking too much…)

peterh 10:19 am 23 Jun 08

I must confess, I drive a clapped out magna that doesn’t blow smoke, the engine is fine apart from the death rattle it gets when it is idling at the lights. to prevent the engine leaping onto the road, I put it in neutral. many times, many, many times, I have put it into drive after the light has turned green. 1-2 second delay. nearly every time, I have had a moron behind me beep their horn. Yes, I know… the light has gone green! Wow! Thanks for pointing it out! I would have sat there in neutral otherwise.

The fact that I am driving a VIC plated car, shouldn’t get me into much trouble, should it?

It does. I am the target to be:
merged on (maybe they think I will move out of the way)
cut off (I am a tourist apparently, therefore cutting me off is ok??)
Flash High Beams (must have had mine on high beam – no, wait, don’t know how as yet (must read manual again))
Tailgated (I have a tow ball, really good for breaking radiators)

What I have discovered is that tourist plated cards are idiot magnets. I have seen the most stupid driving since i started driving this car. (and it’s not me)

If you see me chugging along in the left hand lane at 95 towards a speed camera, consider this:

It may be the fastest speed that this car can do – unless I am going downhill.

If you tailgate me, I won’t go any faster, in fact, as I may think that you are doing it for some reason, I may slow down.

Whatsup 7:29 pm 22 Jun 08

Special G said :

Apparently Mandarins at the Belco markets are going cheap this week.

Have you seen the price of Banannas? Absolute bargains…

Headbonius 2:35 pm 22 Jun 08

Ingee, how can you doubt Ant the sage? I suppose the answer is bleeding obvious. Ant is an idiot, self proclaimed expert on the law and policing in general. The only reason I read the R-Act is to laugh myself stupid at his/her stupid rantings.
Please Ant, never stop.

Ingeegoodbee 12:04 pm 22 Jun 08

Ha, that’s not an offence. Not any more it’s not. Driving from Qbn to Canberra on the airport road, it’s astonishing how many back hoes and animal trucks are trundling along during morning rush hour at 40 kms/hr…. It’s a 100 kms/hr zone!!!! It can be backed up into Qbn, the cars at the back never even know what caused the crawl. Offence, ha.

I believe that it is not an offence when you are progressing at your “best speed”. So a road registered back-hoe trundling along at at 40km/h is going at its best speed, where as some nancy in a 2008 Camry dawdling along at 75km in a 100km zone on a dry sunny day is in fact a danger to other road users and could be issued with an infingement notice. Politically it might be hard to manage in Canberra, where the sensitive little darling would probably go an have a whinge to the media, but I bleive that technically it is an offence.

Headbonius 7:48 am 22 Jun 08

@ Bungle “Just be thankful you don’t live in India where over 100,000 people die on the road every year.”

You say that like it is a bad thing.

Bungle 5:51 pm 21 Jun 08

Is there really a problem here??

Canberra drivers slowing down for speed cameras, cutting you off, or queue jumping – who really gives a sh*t. It happens in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. Drivers are the same everywhere. You’ve got your good, bad and indifferent.

As for training and driving tests every few years – sounds like a good idea but pretty expensive.

Just be thankful you don’t live in India where over 100,000 people die on the road every year.

Danman 4:04 pm 21 Jun 08

”I’m not going to risk a fine just to check whether my speedo is calibrated the same as the cameras”

GPS is a pretty accurate speedo.

There has even been a case in NSW where a guy had a GPS that data logged and was blipped for going over the speed limit.

He took it to court with his telemetry and won….

As for all the other crap about canberra drivers… Done. To. Death.

Genie 1:37 pm 21 Jun 08

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

Here here !!! I totally agree, it would help with peak hour traffic, Parking would be easier to find and ACTION would get more business. Coz lets face it – more than 50% would fail a resit test ! I probably would.

As for shitty drivers, what part of “RIGHT LANE MUST TURN RIGHT” is hard to understand. 3 times now I have almost T-Boned a car at a set of lights at Westfield Belconnen. Both lanes turn right, with the right hand lane – right turn only. All 3 times I have been in the left hand lane to turn right, only to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting someone going straight in the right lane.
Seriously its dangerous, if you have gotten in the wrong lane, put your hazard lights on and wait until there is no traffic before you go, or turn like your meant to. If your the only one at a set of lights (which was the case on Tuesday night) you had ample time to change into the correct lane to avoid a potential accident.

Please note – i’m not angry this has happened ONCE, a one off. I’m angry that in the last month this has happened THREE TIMES.

ant 11:20 am 21 Jun 08

missjill said :

When I was young (circa 1985), I had a one of those musical horns.

Have they gone out of fashion? Is it now regarded as ‘daggy’ to have a musical horn on, say, your hotted up midnight blue WRX with red/green P-plates and a hefty bank loan 18% interest attached to it?

I always wanted a horn that played Dixie, but someone said they were illegal, so I ended up with a one-tone airhorn instead (it has 2 trumpets though). It’s quite handy. I’d still like one that plays Dixie though. Or a train horn.

el 11:08 am 21 Jun 08

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