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Forming One Lane as traffic in the ACT

By theinstructor - 3 May 2013 89

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Hi all,

Have been reading posts on here for about a year now, but after what I saw today compelled me to make a quick topic on here I think needs addressing.

Long story short….kinda

This afternoon approx about 6:20pm I was amongst traffic ahead and behind. In front was a white 4×4 which was tailgating a car in front of him/her after awhile I noticed it was a Learner driver he/she was tailgating (sad but true, as a driving instructor i kinda see this a lot), the learner wasn’t any slower than the other cars same pace as the rest of us.

Anyhow further up the learner takes position at the front of the lights in the right lane and another car was in the left lane and ahead was a simple form one lane. Light goes green, the car in the left lane moved of at casual speed and the learner followed same pace in the right lane just keeping a little behind that car (good to see the learner doing well). However… along comes the 4×4 just casually along side the learner probably at the learners tail end, then it all happens, right at the start of the lettering of “form one lane” the white 4×4 suddenly speeds up and tried to squish the learner off the road (basically side by side with the leaner at the word “Lane” and a little past), no indicator by the 4×4 either. Now most of the time this happens the learner will end up hitting the gutter out of panic and trying to avoid an accident, but not this one haha, they stood their ground used their horn and continued doing the right thing in forming one lane the white 4×4 still tried but ended up hitting the gutter themselves (even tho is was dangerous it was kinda really funny to see). Note if the leaner had stopped and braked hard for this moron the rest of the traffic would have then all had to slow to approx 30km or less from the current 75km ish, that’s when all the rear enders can start to happen.

Will note after the Form One Lane the White 4×4 kept flashing his high beam on and off at the learner driver.

Anyhow just a message to that person driving the white 4×4 that went into Amaroo which looked like a male driver late 30’s. I got all your vehicle details and rego number (wish i could post it here) and have already submitted them to the police, not much might happen unless you have been reported before (probably have).

Anyhow Mr. 4×4 you are a complete stooge of a driver it’s people like you that make my job harder at times. As a driving instructor I always promote safe driving so I don’t wish for you to die in a car accident or anything like that but I hope you come hope one day and find your wife (if your married) cheating on you… With the learner 🙂

Please people, don’t try and push learners off the road, they don’t always have the confidence an experienced driver has. I have had students before get beeped at before just because they stalled the car at traffic lights that just went green, which at times has caused students to break down in tears, they understand that they have stalled and usually will panic already, don’t need to rub salt in the wound as it is. Maybe if you have the choice choose the opposite lane to them like you do when you see a large truck in the left lane. I have had students and myself get beeped and abused because we are doing 40km in a 40km zone (roadworks and school zones). I have had students get abused before because they stopped at a stop sign. I once had a person over take my learner using the footpath because we were about 5km’s below the limit. Will note I like myself shortly and some of my fellow instructors are trialing and setting up in-car cameras that record the traffic around, So warning if caught doing very wrong towards a learner or the law you may end up in some hot water 🙂

From

TheInstructor

P.S. No Cyclists were harmed in the making of this topic

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89 Responses to
Forming One Lane as traffic in the ACT
marcothepolopony 2:32 pm 03 May 13

I’ts called the ‘ZIPPER’ manouver according to the traffic people.
But sadly some people have ‘buttons’ instead of common sense.

magiccar9 2:20 pm 03 May 13

mezza76 said :

I agree. What the hell is it with merging in this town? My favourite game of late is to see which idiot won’t give way to a bus coming out of stop… plenty seem to want to push it and give it a go… some realise too late that they are most likely to come off second best against a large bus.

My favourite game is to see which buses don’t sufficiently indicate when pulling out of bus stops and then get angry at cars that don’t give way.

Alderney 2:16 pm 03 May 13

I agree the behaviour you have described is unacceptable, whether aimed at a learner driver or otherwise.

However, as a driving instructor you would know that there is no legal requirement to indicate in these situations as one is not diverging, and the Australian Road Rules clearly state the vehicle in front has right of way.

Good on the learner for sticking to their guns.

I hope it was a lesson learned for the 4×4 driver, but I doubt it.

mezza76 1:16 pm 03 May 13

grunge_hippy said :

tl:dr

the picture told the story. happens all the time, learner or not. no one merges properly in this town.

I agree. What the hell is it with merging in this town? My favourite game of late is to see which idiot won’t give way to a bus coming out of stop… plenty seem to want to push it and give it a go… some realise too late that they are most likely to come off second best against a large bus.

tuco 12:55 pm 03 May 13

poetix said :

Solidarity said :

Yep, it’s always 4WD’s too…

Usually female though.

….

How do you tell a female 4WD? Do they have cowbars?

That’s what the stickers of stick family figures are for. Or frangipanis. Or “Magic Happens”.

grunge_hippy 12:29 pm 03 May 13

tl:dr

the picture told the story. happens all the time, learner or not. no one merges properly in this town.

watto23 12:16 pm 03 May 13

The issue with many people merging in Canberra is inability to adjust speed. In this case the guy was trying to jump in front of a learner, but i’ve also seen case where people slowed down to 20 or less to merge into 100km/h traffic on the parkway.

Also is it too hard to actually merge and not sit wide out in the blind spot of the car in front. I always move to the centre of the lane, but many people have this inherant fear they’ll hit something. Theres a lot of distrust of other drivers in Canberra. some warranted of course, but still if everyone doesn’t try to change nothing ever will.

DrKoresh 12:13 pm 03 May 13

I can’t stand all these entitled arseholes on our roads, I gotta buy a steering lock for when I start learning to drive in the coming months. Partly for security but mainly so I can defend myself from the Jake Arioli’s of the world.

Here_and_Now 11:55 am 03 May 13

poetix said :

Solidarity said :

How do you tell a female 4WD? Do they have cowbars?

They have a big pink bow on them. Boy ones are blue.

KB1971 11:39 am 03 May 13

Solidarity said :

Yep, it’s always 4WD’s too…

Usually female though.

It’s weird, 4WD’s aren’t fast… or nimble, so any attempt for these stooges to get ahead is usually thwarted by stabbing the accelerator….

No its not, the last idiot to do this to me was in a Honda Accord on Adelaide Ave.

& the day before that it was a chick in a Suzuki.

poetix 11:38 am 03 May 13

Solidarity said :

Yep, it’s always 4WD’s too…

Usually female though.

….

How do you tell a female 4WD? Do they have cowbars?

Rawhide Kid Part3 11:28 am 03 May 13

I don’t have to worry about these “Bully” drivers as I drive an old Ford (older than Johnboy’s). They try and push me but change their mind when they realise my cay is all steel and theirs is not. Guess who would come out worse in a altercation as mentioned above if contact was made. As for the in-car camera, I think its a good idea for driver instructors as these cameras now record date, time, speed and GPS and as far as I know this is enough information for a charge in traffic violation and possible conviction in the courts if an incident has occurred.

Solidarity 11:25 am 03 May 13

Yep, it’s always 4WD’s too…

Usually female though.

It’s weird, 4WD’s aren’t fast… or nimble, so any attempt for these stooges to get ahead is usually thwarted by stabbing the accelerator….

Madam Cholet 11:05 am 03 May 13

No cyclists harmed, but the English language got a right old bashing. Take your point though and note that many drivers in this town use these areas on roads to get ahead and not just merge gracefully.

Holden Caulfield 11:04 am 03 May 13

Dobbers wear nappies, haha!

Yeah nah, good on you. Full marks for the illustration too.

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