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Ghoul Alert – More drivers learn wet road = slippery road

By poptop - 13 December 2008 47

I was there, my camera was there, we were waiting for the response guys to let us pass – the Devil make mischief for idle hands.

Observed behaviour for Erindale Drive, just near Monash, seems to be Firies first, Police about 3 minutes later, Ambos about 3 minutes after that. As this was about 1pm, I can only imagine the mayhem as the weather got worse and the traffic heavier.

We Canberrans suck at driving in the wet.

Canberra drivers in the wet

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Ghoul Alert – More drivers learn wet road = slippery road
Clown Killer 8:26 pm 13 Dec 08

Having done a fair bit of driving now in every state and territory I can honestly say that I would be hard pressed to pick a difference. If there’s bad driving to be done, across the board, regardless of what city you’re in it’s taxi’s and courier/delivery vehicles that without exception demonstrate the worst road skills and observance of rules.

Felix the Cat 8:20 pm 13 Dec 08

Overheard said :

* Sigh *

First person to stump up some hard stats to back up their ‘Canberra drivers [blah, blah, blah]’ observations has licence (no pun intended) to continue these sort of assertions. P.S. Polls with ~=100 recipients do not equal ‘hard stats’.

Don’t know about “hard stats” but I drive approx 300km per day (6 days) all over Canberra and Queanbeyan and it is my observation that Queanbeyan drivers are much better than Canberra ones – as in more courteous and safe and also more knowledgable and dilligent with road rules. 9/10 times in Qbn if I see a car doing some stupid move it has ACT plates.

DJ 6:54 pm 13 Dec 08

If you think Canberra drivers are bad…. try driving in Perth.

Gungahlin Al 6:17 pm 13 Dec 08

Overheard Canberra drivers ARE abysmal.
When I lived in Holbrook (Woomargama actually) the drive to Sydney was always fine until the Canberra traffic joined in. It then became more like dodgems with people tailgating, ducking in and out of lanes, and generally crazy stuff.

Yep – tailgating.

The water lying along Northbourne and on Flemington near Well Station Drive was really dangerous regardless of driving quality.

Overheard 3:53 pm 13 Dec 08

* grey * jumpers

Overheard 3:52 pm 13 Dec 08

* Sigh *

First person to stump up some hard stats to back up their ‘Canberra drivers [blah, blah, blah]’ observations has licence (no pun intended) to continue these sort of assertions. P.S. Polls with ~=100 recipients do not equal ‘hard stats’.

Slightly off topic, and just outside the region, can I advise anyone heading to the coast that it’s not just dusk and dawn that you have to watch out for woolly jumpers, as I found out the hard way today.

RIP, Skippy; you never had a chance. And neither did my VX. Bah! Mercifully it was quick, and the car is still drivable.

Busy day; I was helping clear fallen trees across the road near the Monga State Park on the way down — winds on the Clyde and at the Bay are very strong.

el 3:30 pm 13 Dec 08

How about those evil tyre created “gutters” that form on the Parkway when its raining? They fill up with water, rather than draining to the side and then cause you to aquaplane right next to a concrete barrier. I try to avoid that road when it is raining because of this.

Yep. No sign of any work being done to fix the shocking state of the Parkway this year either.

I knew it was raining heavily when I saw people *actually slowing* to 60Km/H on Adelaide Avenue last night.

Broke traction at 130 last night, held it but

LOL. 1:30AM, or 130Km/H??

futto 2:23 pm 13 Dec 08

I drive on this bit of road all the time. It is really slippery and the water doesn’t drain off it and pools up. My traction control light came on several times on the way home yesterday, and I was driving like grandpa.

How about those evil tyre created “gutters” that form on the Parkway when its raining? They fill up with water, rather than draining to the side and then cause you to aquaplane right next to a concrete barrier. I try to avoid that road when it is raining because of this.

G-Fresh 2:21 pm 13 Dec 08

Danman said :

I really hate the pr!cks that take my buffer zone – especially in the wet…

My rule of thumb is 2 seconds behind the car in front…

Come on people. That gap isn’t there to let you in.

Yeah we don’t like people merging in front of us in Canberra. An abhorrent liberty to take. My lane.

Pommy bastard 2:04 pm 13 Dec 08

Having learned to drive in the UK….

Danman 1:55 pm 13 Dec 08

I really hate the pr!cks that take my buffer zone – especially in the wet…

My rule of thumb is 2 seconds behind the car in front…

Come on people. That gap isn’t there to let you in.

G-Fresh 1:55 pm 13 Dec 08

Broke traction at 130 last night, held it but

harvyk1 1:38 pm 13 Dec 08

Yeah, but most places I’ve been to the drivers tailgate. It’s not a unique Canberra problem. (You should see some of the cabbies in Melbourne)

Bundybear 12:13 pm 13 Dec 08

No, the big problem is that Canberra drivers tailgate like crazy all the time, and don’t seem to make any adjustment to allow for the poor weather conditions. Then they wonder why they can’t stop in time to avoid a rear ender. Though I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how many drivers had their lights on through the day yesterday. Not the black mini driver though, the car that most needed to have them on was simply a vague shadow through the rain. Sigh.

harvyk1 11:55 am 13 Dec 08

Meh, we’re no worse than most other places. The big problem is we have wet weather so infrequently than when it happens we’re not use to it.

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