I have recently relocated to the ACT and currently living on the North-side and I was hoping that Canberrans can advise me on a very strange motoring phenomenon that seems exclusive to the ACT.
Having driven around and commuted in many of the world’s largest cities, most of which are no where near as planned and as easy to get around as Canberra, I have been worried by a design fault that seems to be at epidemic proportions with ACT registered motor vehicles. In other countries, the ‘indicator’ on any vehicle, does what it says on the tin, it allows other road users to be aware that the driver ‘intends’ to change lanes, turn left or right etc. This has been a mainstay of production for many many years.
Imagine my concern, when driving around Canberra, that the ‘indicator’ does not mean the driver ‘intends’ to manoeuvre, but will move out, across, cut up or generally disregard any other user of the road at that time. If you are in the path of one of these soon to be recalled vehicles, and you do not get out of the way, preventing an accident, you are then berated by the ‘indicator’ and usually introduced to some rather agricultural language.
Can anyone help me understand this alarming situation and suggest how I cope next time I am in the way of someone who needs to manoeuvre, immediately, at all costs….(repeat to fade….)
[Ed] Welcome to Canberra