After another shift of hauling people around Canberra and dodging suicidal drivers I would like to remind people about the “do not overtake turning vehicle” signs on the back of most large vehicles. Just so that people know, these apply on round abouts too. Today I had some idiot in a blue sedan try to overtake the bus I was driving in the morning and I suspect it was the same idiot who tried the same thing in the afternoon, both along Isabella Drive.
I make a point of slowing down before round abouts to give people a chance to overtake BEFORE the round about. I still get idiots overtaking in the round about, then there are the suicidal ones who try to overtake as we enter the merge into one lane. For crying out loud, when I am indicating to merge, when there is less than 100 metres to the merge and your car is just level with the buses rear bumper, that is NOT the time to try overtake. I have lost count of the number of suicidal people who try it though.
Think about it, I am also accelerating as fast as I can to ensure I am on time. There is just not enough room for you to overtake. Do you really want to take on a bus? Do you really want to run out of road and end up going head on into oncoming traffic? Because those are your choices.
Now because I am not an idiot, and I pride myself in professionalism I will slam on the brakes and let idiots pass, despite complaints from my passengers and the poor drivers who almost go up the ass end of the bus. I know of a few drivers though that could not give a stuff. They’re driving a big bus, it is a company vehicle so it is n o skin of their nose if it takes a few dints as they squash your car off the side of the road.
I think I’m going to have to start using both lanes at round abouts now because I’ve just had enough of stupid drivers playing Russian Roulette as they try to overtake on round abouts.
Speaking of Russians and drivers, consider yourself you’re lucky you are not there. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMWQqAM-LM8