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KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING

By Voytek - 16 January 2012 162

We have fantastic roads, very little traffic and small distances to travel – driving in Canberra should be easy but it isn’t.

Why is it that everyone here thinks it acceptable to sit in the right lane at all times?

It seems the majority of the people in Canberra choose the lane they drive in based on wherever they have to eventually turn no matter how far away that turn may be. Take the Monaro highway from 1600 to 1800 on a weekday – in both directions the right lanes are totally congested. People that live in the southern Tuggeranong suburbs coming out of Fyshwick and Queanbeyan instantly veer into the right lane just because they will eventually turn right onto Isabella or johnston drives. Its the same in the morning all over Canberra – turning left onto Erindale Drive off Sulwood drive.  The left lane as far as the eye can see, totally empty. Why? “Oh because I need to get onto Adelaide Avenue”.

The most frustrating thing is the fact that you are totally oblivious to the fact that your driving is appalling. The amount of times I’ve made eye contact and then shaken my head at the idiot that blocked me in the right lane and gotten that exact same look of confusion back is beyond belief.

If everyone kept left only getting into the right lane immediately before their turn everyones trip would be a whole lot quicker and healthier for the blood pressure of the seemingly few decent drivers left in this oversized country town.

“Keep left unless overtaking” doesn’t only apply when you are driving to Sydney.

And use your damn indicator.

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KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING
Duffbowl 10:23 am 16 Jan 12

m00nee said :

MrPC said :

Road Rules FAIL

Keep Left Unless Overtaking only applies if the speed limit is 81km/h or above. The stretches of road you are complaining about are mostly 80km/h zones.

Actually……

As quoted in the ACT Road Rules handbook (Road Rules 2011 Part D1 – Road Craft)

Keeping to the left on a multi-lane road

This rule applies on a multi-lane road where:
• the speed-limit is over 80 km/h; OR
• a keep left unless overtaking sign applies.

Do any of these roads have a keep left sign on them?

The Monaro Highway between Isabella Drive and the Lanyon Drive lights has the aforementioned signage. No, most people ignore it. No, I don’t ignore it. It provides a quite easy drive somedays to sit in the left lane.

Erg0 10:16 am 16 Jan 12

I’d always assumed that people get straight into the lane they intend to turn from because they fear that nobody will let them in if they try to change lanes closer to their intended exit. They’re probably right, too.

watto23 10:13 am 16 Jan 12

00davist said :

johnboy said :

It should be noted that while there’s no requirement to keep left on most roads in the ACT (only those posted for 90 and 100) it’s still good practice.

+1

Even though you migh not be breaking a law, you are impeding the flow of traffic!

It’s not Illegal to replace your loo paper with sandpaper, turn your TV upside down, or tie your keyboard to your leg, but that does not neccisarily make it a good idea!

When driving, try considering others for one, especially if you are below the limit, and while I don’t advocate speeding, I do tend to like getting out of the way of the 20km over angry d*ck in his territory, ready to ride my bumper!

+1
Not everyone wants to speed in the right lane. While in peak hour traffic its difficult to suggest all traffic to sit in the left lane, but you still get dawdlers who think its ok to do 75 just in case they get too close to 80.

However its this time of year when the traffic is less, just how many people don’t overtake and then get back into thwe left hand lane. Especially when there is so little traffic in the morning.

Most of the traffic jams are due to poor merging techniques and i have to laugh when people think others are speeding up to get in front of them etc. Maybe they’ve looked in their rear vision mirro and decided getting into the flow of traffic in that spot is better than coming to a grinding halt on the merge lane. It also not too hard to change your speed +- 5km/h to facilitate merging while maintaining traffic flow.

And while some may disagree, I bet no cops will book someone doing 85km/h to merge into traffic safely, then slow back down to 80km/h. Just a caveat here, i’m not talking about the obvious idiot behaviour of speeding up just to get around a few cars, but when a car merging and a car on the road fail to be considerate of each other.

m00nee 10:08 am 16 Jan 12

MrPC said :

Road Rules FAIL

Keep Left Unless Overtaking only applies if the speed limit is 81km/h or above. The stretches of road you are complaining about are mostly 80km/h zones.

Actually……

As quoted in the ACT Road Rules handbook (Road Rules 2011 Part D1 – Road Craft)

Keeping to the left on a multi-lane road

This rule applies on a multi-lane road where:
• the speed-limit is over 80 km/h; OR
• a keep left unless overtaking sign applies.

Do any of these roads have a keep left sign on them?

KB1971 9:49 am 16 Jan 12

TBH, I agree with the OP. People just dawdle along in the right lane long these stretches of roads for no aparrent reaseon be it busy or not.

I pass people on the left if they are doing so & while it is not illegal it really isnt good practice. If you are doing 70 in an 80 zone thats fine but stay left & dont block people who want to sit on 80.

The whole passing cars thing is not really learnt correctly by city drivers, while I am on the road riding people seem to think its ok to pass me on blind corners (they would not do it if I was in a car) & when out on country roads the amount of near misses is incredible.

@ qbngeek, I dont think that the OP wants to speed everywhere, just gets frustrated that our roads flow beutifully compared to other cities & Canberra drivers seem blisfully ignorant of other people on the road & just do what they want.

00davist 9:46 am 16 Jan 12

johnboy said :

It should be noted that while there’s no requirement to keep left on most roads in the ACT (only those posted for 90 and 100) it’s still good practice.

+1

Even though you migh not be breaking a law, you are impeding the flow of traffic!

It’s not Illegal to replace your loo paper with sandpaper, turn your TV upside down, or tie your keyboard to your leg, but that does not neccisarily make it a good idea!

When driving, try considering others for one, especially if you are below the limit, and while I don’t advocate speeding, I do tend to like getting out of the way of the 20km over angry d*ck in his territory, ready to ride my bumper!

alloneword 9:39 am 16 Jan 12

I had the same thought this morning driving to work. On William Hovell Drive heading into the city the car in front of me merged into the right overtaking lane, only they were doing about 80 in a 90 zone, and a few cars went past on the inside, before they merged back when the overtaking lane disappeared. (Just trying to get out of the way of faster traffic?)

Just after the intersection of Coulter Drive and William Hovell there is even a sign suggesting drivers keep to the left, but they all seem to be in a huge hurry to get to the right.

Dilandach 9:37 am 16 Jan 12

One thing I’ve wondered is why do a fair amount of people who come across merging lanes either:

– Panic completely, slam on the breaks and let everyone past despite it being a merging lane.
– Think they’re doing a timed quarter mile and attempt to race you into the single lane no matter how far they are behind.
– A combination of the above two where they attempt to beat you into the single lane but after getting about 3/4 of the way next to you, lose nerve and just hang there. Now causing an issue by hovering next to you making merging that little bit harder.

johnboy 9:27 am 16 Jan 12

It should be noted that while there’s no requirement to keep left on most roads in the ACT (only those posted for 90 and 100) it’s still good practice.

lumpy 9:24 am 16 Jan 12

“If everyone kept left only getting into the right lane immediately before their turn”

Have you really thought this out?

MrPC 9:23 am 16 Jan 12

Road Rules FAIL

Keep Left Unless Overtaking only applies if the speed limit is 81km/h or above. The stretches of road you are complaining about are mostly 80km/h zones.

qbngeek 9:20 am 16 Jan 12

And you are probably one of the people who tailgate, yell, carry on and lean on your horn. It’s much easier and less of a hassle if you just relax and slow down.

If the speed limit is 80km/h or below, there is no requirement to keep left. Most of those roads you mention are 80km/h or below. I reckon the reason people look at you confused is because they are not sure why you are being such a dick when they have done nothing wrong.

I suggest you slow down and calm down. Of course, I expect you to tell us that you are calm and never speed, becuase thats what everyone does, but your post says otherwise once you read between the lines.

Mang 9:16 am 16 Jan 12

Are you a qualified RTA left or right lane inspector?

Do you have any official reports or camera footage proving this use of the right lane?

Have you written letters to government types?

Am I doing this right?

zippyzippy 9:03 am 16 Jan 12

You might be overreacting just a little bit.

winter 8:59 am 16 Jan 12

So your complaining that there is a lot of traffic on the roads during peak hour?

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