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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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winter 2:49 pm 02 Feb 12

Erg0 said :

Paying with a credit card in the express lane is inconsiderate now?

This could be a whole other thread…

With the faster speed of electronic payment systems, along with the use of pin number and no pin even required for small transactions, credit cards are the faster option.

Although I have noticed that the ALDI payment system is alot faster then Coles/Woolworths. I wonder how they worked that one out.

NoImRight 11:11 am 02 Feb 12

Erg0 said :

Paying with a credit card in the express lane is inconsiderate now?

This could be a whole other thread…

Yes I was a bit surprised at that one. The lady that needs to completely resort her handbag each time shes handed 20c in change takes way longer. Even so somehow my life goes on.


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