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CANBERRA $@#% You I’m pulling out anyway

By AsproBoy - 12 February 2012 66

Rioters may remember the storm in a tea cup when the “Feel the Power” ACT license plates were first rolled out. Opponents said that the plates would likely invoke a spate of road rage incidents due to their overtly testosterone soaked sentiment, especially when ACT residents were driving interstate. Ultimately, as most controversies do, the criticisms came to naught.

I think we should reciprocate and warn interstate drivers about the perils of driving in the National Capital. Given the increasing trend of Canberra drivers to pull out into the path of an oncoming vehicle on 80km/h roads, forcing the oncoming vehicle to aggressively deploy the anchors. I’m proposing the title of this post as a new slogan for TAMS to consider putting on all future ACT plates.

I’d like to know if it is just me (perhaps driving a light weight 1.3 ltr car) that is somehow provoking other ACT road users into a state of total disregard for my Newtonian force, or have other rioters also experienced the same growth in this vehicular phenomenon in recent years.

If so, I would also like to know what is causing this. Is it simply a manifestation of growing societal impatience, a mass increase in the incidence of myopia, or something more sinister?

What’s Your opinion?


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66 Responses to
CANBERRA $@#% You I’m pulling out anyway
Chop71 9:37 am 13 Feb 12

The title reminded me of this joke….

How do you tell who i the male porn star at the service station?

He is the guy who almost fills his tank with peterol, hs a silly look on his face and then takes out the nozzle and sprays petrol everywhere.

Eyl 8:49 am 13 Feb 12

Tony said :

If im merging into an 80km/h zone and actually doing 80km/h, and the traffic Im merging into is doing 90-95, I dont care I merge anyway you speeding pricks, alla GDE.

OMG i hope you realize that that is a Give Way line not a merge line if your coming in on the GDE

AsproBoy 7:34 am 13 Feb 12

HenryBG said :

AsproBoy said :

HenryBG said :

To the OP:
I would suggest that you are belatedly noticing standard driving behaviour from people who’ve driven in the real world.
There’s something special in the Canberra water that makes people think nobody’s allowed to get in front of them.

I understand your disappointment, but you’ll have to understand – the problem is yours.

Thanks for the insight Henry. You have definitively demonstrated that encountering self-important arse hats like yourself on the roads is no doubt the root cause of my problem.

How ironic – somebody who doesn’t believe he should have to slow down for other traffic on the road calling somebody else a “self-important arse hat”.
Not that I have the faintest idea what an “arse hat” is – some kind of american thing learnt from the idiot box, I have no doubt.

Look Grandpa Simpson… I am obviously confusing you with technicalities and “jive talk” that those dang blasted kids always go on with, so I’ll dumb it down a little.

My fundamental assertion is that pulling out into the path of an oncoming car doing 80km/hr, causing said oncoming car to brake heavily to avoid a collision, is an unsafe manoeuvre.

I’ll wait here while you go and google “arse hat”.

Jethro 5:46 am 13 Feb 12

AsproBoy said :

HenryBG said :

To the OP:
I would suggest that you are belatedly noticing standard driving behaviour from people who’ve driven in the real world.
There’s something special in the Canberra water that makes people think nobody’s allowed to get in front of them.

I understand your disappointment, but you’ll have to understand – the problem is yours.

Thanks for the insight Henry. You have definitively demonstrated that encountering self-important arse hats like yourself on the roads is no doubt the root cause of my problem.

I”m with Aspro here. You can’t just pull out straight in front of an oncoming car and expect them to slam on the brakes to accommodate you. Cars on the main road have right of way over cars entering, who need to give way to oncoming traffic.

HenryBG 10:35 pm 12 Feb 12

AsproBoy said :

HenryBG said :

To the OP:
I would suggest that you are belatedly noticing standard driving behaviour from people who’ve driven in the real world.
There’s something special in the Canberra water that makes people think nobody’s allowed to get in front of them.

I understand your disappointment, but you’ll have to understand – the problem is yours.

Thanks for the insight Henry. You have definitively demonstrated that encountering self-important arse hats like yourself on the roads is no doubt the root cause of my problem.

How ironic – somebody who doesn’t believe he should have to slow down for other traffic on the road calling somebody else a “self-important arse hat”.
Not that I have the faintest idea what an “arse hat” is – some kind of american thing learnt from the idiot box, I have no doubt.

AsproBoy 8:50 pm 12 Feb 12

HenryBG said :

To the OP:
I would suggest that you are belatedly noticing standard driving behaviour from people who’ve driven in the real world.
There’s something special in the Canberra water that makes people think nobody’s allowed to get in front of them.

I understand your disappointment, but you’ll have to understand – the problem is yours.

Thanks for the insight Henry. You have definitively demonstrated that encountering self-important arse hats like yourself on the roads is no doubt the root cause of my problem.

HenryBG 6:45 pm 12 Feb 12

To the OP:
I would suggest that you are belatedly noticing standard driving behaviour from people who’ve driven in the real world.
There’s something special in the Canberra water that makes people think nobody’s allowed to get in front of them.

I understand your disappointment, but you’ll have to understand – the problem is yours.

HenryBG 6:43 pm 12 Feb 12

AsproBoy said :

Primarily, the increasing frequency at which cars enter single or dual 60-80km/hr lanes from a standing start and either can not accurately judge the time it will take an oncoming car to reach them, or they simply don’t give a rats.

Oh, look, another Canberra driver who believes he owns the road in front of him.

Here’s a clue, moron: it is your “oncoming car”‘s driver’s responsibility to slow down if there’s a car in front of him. You have no right to an untrammeled access to any stretch of road doing your choice of speed on it. So long as the turning car’s driver makes a safe maneuver, he has no other reponsibility to the idiots who think they own the road he just turned onto, up to and including those idiots having to slow down.

AsproBoy 4:19 pm 12 Feb 12

Tony said :

If im merging into an 80km/h zone and actually doing 80km/h, and the traffic Im merging into is doing 90-95, I dont care I merge anyway you speeding pricks, alla GDE.

The original post was mostly about T intersections, not merging. Primarily, the increasing frequency at which cars enter single or dual 60-80km/hr lanes from a standing start and either can not accurately judge the time it will take an oncoming car to reach them, or they simply don’t give a rats.

The worst examples of this phenomenon can be found regularly on Sulwood Drive, Erindale Drive, Hindmarsh Drive, Namatjira Drive and Isabella Drive. Apologies to our northern friends, I am sure this happens north of the lake as well.

I do however, fully agree with Futreproof that very short slip lanes are no solution to this problem.

Futureproof 3:30 pm 12 Feb 12

It’s the crappy design of the roads. Case in point is the T junction at the top of Mugga Lane. When you get a green light to turn right into Yamba Drive. You think (if you were an out of towner) that you have a lane to yourself. Low and behold, just 50 metres later as you accelerate, your lane runs out very quickly and the drivers in the right hand lane heading the same direction as you are going too fast to slow down, or the adjacent left hand lane is chockers with cars and they can’t pull over for you. Many merging lanes are like this this in Canberra. Who ever designs them should have their wages garnished for stupidity.

taninaus 3:22 pm 12 Feb 12

more than likely a white commodore with an overly confident driver is speeding towards you AsproBoy!

can’t say I have noticed this much on single lane roads around town (mind you these are fairly limited outside of suburban streets).

milkman 3:13 pm 12 Feb 12

Tony said :

If im merging into an 80km/h zone and actually doing 80km/h, and the traffic Im merging into is doing 90-95, I dont care I merge anyway you speeding pricks, alla GDE.

Translation: I like to make you slow down, because it makes me feel good about myself.

shadow boxer 3:12 pm 12 Feb 12

Tony said :

If im merging into an 80km/h zone and actually doing 80km/h, and the traffic Im merging into is doing 90-95, I dont care I merge anyway you speeding pricks, alla GDE.

Deary me…..its good thing this only internet heroics and not something someone would actually do

Tony 1:27 pm 12 Feb 12

If im merging into an 80km/h zone and actually doing 80km/h, and the traffic Im merging into is doing 90-95, I dont care I merge anyway you speeding pricks, alla GDE.

bryansworld 1:26 pm 12 Feb 12

Annoying. Another symptom of the “f you, I’m allright Jack/Jill attitude that is far too widespread.

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