Foggy drivers

Pommy bastard 6 May 2009 84

This morning I had to come into work, which is unusual for me as I normally work the afternoon shifts. Coincidentally, the wife needed the car this morning, for a trip to the dentist, so that left me with the bike as my transport. Nothing I like better than a spin into work on the bike, especially at rush hour when I can take advantage of the bike to nip in and out of the traffic. However, this morning there was this strange meteorological phenomena we call “thick fog” to add to the fun and games. Ah well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

It’s not like I’m not used to riding in fog and rain, after all I am a pommy bastard, and therefore it is quite natural to me. Can I just make a slight suggestion though?

    Mrs Middle Class.

    I know you don’t like speeding, you find speed frightening, and that’s all well and good. So I accept that you prefer to drive at 10 – 15 k under the speed limit, and normally in the right hand lane. I know your mind is full of your daughter’s forthcoming wedding, and the food for the nice buffet meal that you have to plan for it, and that the recipe for your cupcakes doesn’t seem to be turning out all that well. Poor you, you’ve tried them 18 times now, and they still are a bit too flavoursome.

    I know you are extraordinarily proud of your two year old Ford Average, which you bought brand new, as the nice man in the salesroom told you it got 0.02 k per litre more than the Holden Boring, and it didn’t have the slightly differently shaped wing mirrors that the Toyota Dull has (you like to not stand out too much from the pack, don’t you?)

    Your car’s a lovely silver gray colour too, isn’t it? Have you noticed how well it blends in with the fog? Matches in quite perfectly Well here’s a tip; if you want it to last further than the 3 year warranty you paid extra for when you bought it, why not be daring and SWITCH YOUR BLOODY LIGHTS ON?

    It may save you wondering why all the other drivers are flashing their lights at you and making those exceedingly rude gestures.

    Just a thought.

(Having said that I saw one getting beautifully rear-ended on Hindmarsh this morning.)

[ED – Photograph taken by Smee at the corner of Sulwood and Athllon Drives this morning]


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Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 10:29 am 12 Jun 09

I see that this mornings inclement weather has persuaded Canberra’s Mrs Richardson’s “I don’t use them it wears the batteries out”, to drive around in the thick fog, sans illumination, in droves…

I came across several on the way out to Stromlo this morning.

The other thing which amazed me was the number of taxi drivers with no lights on, aren’t these guys supposed to be professionals?

Tch!

*Fawlty Towers classic.

Granny Granny 5:47 pm 07 May 09

That is funny, monomania – I love Harry Enfield!

: )

monomania monomania 4:44 pm 07 May 09
ant ant 3:29 pm 07 May 09

I’m starting to understand why so many motorcyclists and bike-cyclists get hit by cars who “didn’t see them”.

AlpineViper AlpineViper 10:04 am 07 May 09

“bee” seen?? Oh jeebus…

AlpineViper AlpineViper 9:57 am 07 May 09

Ant – grey/white/black/some blue cars have this magical ability to camouflage with the road and sky at particular times of day, particularly when in a drivers peripheral vision. Even checking properly they may not bee seen until much closer than a red car.

Now, consider that there are a hell of a lot of morons on the road (personally I make it a rule to think of every other driver as a moron and never trust one to do the right thing). These morons may not look properly when leaving an intersection ahead of you, and not quite see your non-headlighted car approaching. They happily pull out and you smash straight into the side of them. Congratulations, you are in the right! Pity your car is still smashed, someone may be hurt, and worst of all you will be late for work.

Better to put on the lights so they can see the spark of you approaching in the peripherals, save yourself the annoying procedure of getting your car fixed up on someone elses insurance.

Very Busy Very Busy 9:23 am 07 May 09

ant said :

I don’t understand why people can’t see a car unless it has its headlights on. OK, in total night, yes, but in daylight (even with fog and rain), if someone can’t see something like a car after having a proper look, then they need their eyes looked-at. Sounds to me like people are relying on peripheral vision or something only.

Ant, Anticipation is a basic skill that all drivers should be using all of the time. The more or further you can see the more you can anticipate.

The undisputable fact is that the first thing you see as a car approaches you in the fog is its headlights IF THEY’RE ON. The sooner you see it the more anticipation time you have. Simple!!!!!

All I can say is that if you don’t agree, you are not as good a driver as you could be.

Granny Granny 7:50 am 07 May 09

Oh, I don’t know anything about fog lights, I’m afraid, but I do love little kittens! They’re so soft … and furry!

Hehe!

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 7:29 am 07 May 09

Pommy bastard said :

BerraBoy68 said :

Good thing there are no bad male drivers or cyclists out there, hey PB?

Too bloody right!

There’s enough problems on the roads as it is..

Women! know your place.

jas0nt jas0nt 2:37 am 07 May 09

ant said :

I don’t understand why people can’t see a car unless it has its headlights on. OK, in total night, yes, but in daylight (even with fog and rain), if someone can’t see something like a car after having a proper look, then they need their eyes looked-at. Sounds to me like people are relying on peripheral vision or something only.

Yes but how bad is the fog? If it’s anything like today’s fog which was pretty darn heavy, then turning on your lights to avoid an accident isn’t a big ask. If most motorists do it, yet you refuse to conform, I think it’s safe to say you’re in the wrong.

jas0nt jas0nt 2:33 am 07 May 09

Don’t be stupid and turn your lights on. I don’t want you t-boning into my car because the visibility I have for your oncoming car is essentially cut in half because your lights aren’t on.

Granny Granny 12:17 am 07 May 09

Pommy bastard said :

BerraBoy68 said :

Good thing there are no bad male drivers or cyclists out there, hey PB?

Too bloody right!

There’s enough problems on the roads as it is..

Yes, women! For pity’s sake, don’t drive!

lol

ant ant 10:21 pm 06 May 09

I don’t understand why people can’t see a car unless it has its headlights on. OK, in total night, yes, but in daylight (even with fog and rain), if someone can’t see something like a car after having a proper look, then they need their eyes looked-at. Sounds to me like people are relying on peripheral vision or something only.

bd84 bd84 10:00 pm 06 May 09

Anyone with half a brain would turn their headlights on in any type of fog or rain. Personally my car is grey and I turn my headlights on when it is a least bit dull (not that anyone does a headcheck anyway), despite my car having automatic headlights.

Sgt.Bungers Sgt.Bungers 9:48 pm 06 May 09

Australian Road Rule 215
Using lights when driving at night or in hazardous weather conditions
(1) A driver must not drive at night, or in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility unless:
(a) the headlights, tail lights and number plate light fitted to the driver’s vehicle are operating effectively and are clearly visible; and
(b) if the vehicle is fitted with clearance lights or side marker lights — those lights are operating effectively and are clearly visible.
Offence provision.

(3) Also, a driver driving during the day in fog, or other hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, may drive without the headlights of the driver’s vehicle operating if the vehicle is fitted with front fog lights and those lights are operating effectively and are clearly visible.

(4) In subrule (1), a reference to a kind of light fitted to a vehicle is a reference to a light of that kind required to be fitted to the vehicle under another law of this jurisdiction.

The term “hazardous weather conditions” as used in subrule one, may boil down to personal experience and opinion about what is a hazard. However, subrule three suggests that “fog” is a hazardous weather condition as it results in reduced visibility… how thick a fog is not suggested. Perhaps this could be interpreted as we must legally have our head lights on in low lying cloud of any thickness?

Of course having your head lights on in adverse weather conditions is a self preservation thing. Those who don’t out of mental incompetence, are darwin award candidates. Those who don’t out of arrogance, fear of being “uncool”, or fear of forgetting their lights are on and flattening their battery, should take the bus when the weather isn’t clear, as you’re a disgrace.

The safety benefits of having lights on in all weather conditions is open to debate… personally I have my lights on all the time. Not sure why… just a habit I’ve always been in.

Genie Genie 7:57 pm 06 May 09

Seriously what kind of dickhead doesn’t think it’s suitable to put lights on in heavy fog??

When I drove to work at 730am I could barely see 10-20metres in front of me.. I was ever so grateful that most drivers had there lights on.. Freaked out a little almost watching someone get collected on a roundabout without lights on (BTW silver and white cars blend into fog very easily)

Seriously wake up to yourself and turn your lights on so people can see you. The front lights aren’t going to make you see any better, but your brake lights are sure as hell going to make you more noticeable to anyone driving behind you.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 7:34 pm 06 May 09

If everyone just drove to the Australian Road Rules, then no one would be pissed off at anyone! While I’m at it, and on a slightly different note, but does have to do with ARR…Keep left unless overtaking, only applies to speed zones IN EXCESS OF 80KMH (not including 80km zones), hence you dont see keep left signs in 80 km zones, unless there is a hill.However, having noted this, its just courteous to keep left in low volume traffic (not part of the ARR), so that people who want to abuse the law and speed, can pass you with ease.

bigred bigred 5:38 pm 06 May 09

Correction on the motorbike lights ADR. They have reverted to the old ways on newer bikes. You turn your lights on yourself. Mine are always on.

shiny flu shiny flu 5:32 pm 06 May 09

Hehe, nice write up PB- thanks.

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