KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING

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 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 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.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:03 am 02 Feb 12

74Daizies said :

dph said :

As frustrating as I find it when somebody is sitting in the right lane, dawdling along & blocking traffic flow, I thoroughly enjoy watching them block bogans in speeding commodores, lowered utes & so on…

If I’m in the left lane, I’ll always try to box them in, so that they are stuck behind the person going slowly in the right lane & can’t overtake them on the left because my car’s in the way.

Yep, that’s me for sure. I love pissing people off by blocking them in!!! Ha ha. slow down people, it isn’t a race. 🙂

You love going out of your way to piss other drivers off? You sound like a very mature and productive member of society…

Erg0 Erg0 9:59 am 02 Feb 12

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

This could be a whole other thread…

Innovation Innovation 8:07 am 02 Feb 12

#157 74Daizies – Better yet, move a little further in front while in the left hand lane, so it looks like there is an emerging gap on the left. The hoon changes in to the left lane thinking they are going to get to pass the car on the right and then you slow down again. Lots of fun for all the family – until the road rage sets in of course.

74Daizies 74Daizies 11:04 pm 01 Feb 12

dph said :

As frustrating as I find it when somebody is sitting in the right lane, dawdling along & blocking traffic flow, I thoroughly enjoy watching them block bogans in speeding commodores, lowered utes & so on…

If I’m in the left lane, I’ll always try to box them in, so that they are stuck behind the person going slowly in the right lane & can’t overtake them on the left because my car’s in the way.

Yep, that’s me for sure. I love pissing people off by blocking them in!!! Ha ha. slow down people, it isn’t a race. 🙂

Jono Jono 10:19 pm 01 Feb 12

Simmo said :

Jono said :

KB1971 said :

Its not really about being in a hurry, its about courtesy.

I believe it is simply about thinking of others. (Yes, courtesy). The little things like keeping left when driving or not blocking the escalators two abreast annoy people so much because it would be so easy for people to not do those things. However many people go about the world as if they are the only ones. Apathy and ignorance are considered normal and if anybody dares to say any different then they are labelled as being the difficult one. Sure brain cancer is huge in comparison but that doesn’t mean everything less than that is of no consequence. Hell over a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day but most Australians would think more about buying a new large screen tv than world poverty. That is perhaps an indication of how much most Australians think about anything other than themselves. It would be just as easy to not stand two abreast on the escalator or to keep left unless overtaking most of the time, but people are not actively thinking about what they are doing and the impact their actions or inaction may have on anyone around them.

I didn’t say that people shouldn’t be considerate and courteous, nor do I believe that. And I wouldn’t do any of the things that I listed; slowing traffic by unnecessarily driving in the RH lane; paying by credit card in the express queue at the supermarket; blocking the escalator; as they’re all discourteous and inconsiderate.

But I did say that anyone who’s allowing themselves to get angry (the OP talked about his blood pressure rising) about any of those things desperately needs a good healthy dose of perspective. Getting caught behind someone who’s in the RH lane and slowing you down and thereby causing you to get to your destination 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 2 minutes, whatever, later is genuinely of no consequence.

Simmo Simmo 10:43 pm 31 Jan 12

Jono said :

KB1971 said :

Its not really about being in a hurry, its about courtesy.

I believe it is simply about thinking of others. (Yes, courtesy). The little things like keeping left when driving or not blocking the escalators two abreast annoy people so much because it would be so easy for people to not do those things. However many people go about the world as if they are the only ones. Apathy and ignorance are considered normal and if anybody dares to say any different then they are labelled as being the difficult one. Sure brain cancer is huge in comparison but that doesn’t mean everything less than that is of no consequence. Hell over a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day but most Australians would think more about buying a new large screen tv than world poverty. That is perhaps an indication of how much most Australians think about anything other than themselves. It would be just as easy to not stand two abreast on the escalator or to keep left unless overtaking most of the time, but people are not actively thinking about what they are doing and the impact their actions or inaction may have on anyone around them.

bigred bigred 10:17 pm 31 Jan 12

There are a few constants about driving in Canberra. 1. You signal to change lanes and the gap closes. 2. People always travel in the right lane, especially when they are turning left at the next intersections. 3.Asians can’t drive at all. 4. Some twat will always run the red as you are about to take off on the green 5. Someone will always hog the right lane in those few spots where the “keep leftunless overtaking” rule applies. 6. No sod really cares anyway.

Jono Jono 8:41 pm 31 Jan 12

KB1971 said :

Its not really about being in a hurry, its about courtesy.

Actually it’s about getting a dose of perspective. The OP was clearly pretty cranky about what, in reality, is a pretty minor issue. If they’re going to get upset every time sombody’s discourteous to you, whether it’s driving in the right hand lane, or getting in the express queue at the supermarket and then paying by credit card, or standing two abreast on the escalator and preventing anyone getting past, then they’re going to have a pretty angry life as those are inconsiderate things that people will do to you every day.

I suggest reading Charlie Teo’s Australia Day speech where he talks about dealing with parents who’ve discovered that their children have brain cancer and then you might get an understanding about how minor many of the things that many of us let ourselves get upset about really are.

watto23 watto23 3:10 pm 31 Jan 12

Alderney said :

KB1971 said :

By this stage I want to turn right at the next intersection but he is there so I have to accellerate to move across (he ignored my indicator & I loath the old hit the brakes & merge method.

I wouldn’t feel too bad about that if I were you.

As someone once imparted to me, ‘driving cars or playing footy, always accelerate into the gap’.

I personally believe you either accelerate or brake slowly to get into the gap the safest method possible. Even if i dare say it means going 5-10km over the limit. Clearly if the bigger gap is behind the car then just gradually slowing to say 5km under the limit to get behind it and adjusting your speed to match the flow of the traffic before moving into the lane is the safest option, but often accelerating into the gap is also safer.

Skyring Skyring 1:18 pm 31 Jan 12

Alderney said :

As someone once imparted to me, ‘driving cars or playing footy, always accelerate into the gap’.

Your missus must be a very understanding woman.

Alderney Alderney 1:10 pm 31 Jan 12

KB1971 said :

By this stage I want to turn right at the next intersection but he is there so I have to accellerate to move across (he ignored my indicator & I loath the old hit the brakes & merge method.

I wouldn’t feel too bad about that if I were you.

As someone once imparted to me, ‘driving cars or playing footy, always accelerate into the gap’.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 10:15 am 31 Jan 12

Aeek said :

Skyring said :

I was once almost cleaned up by a little old lady at the old Russell roundabout, She wanted to turn right from Parkes Way onto Kings Avenue, she indicated right, and she went right.

pre National Road Rules, that was ACT law. I even had a driving instructor advise me to always use the left lane, even if I was turning right.

Seriously?!

What failed rocket scientist worked that one out. Thankfully we have discovered logic since then.

dpm dpm 9:53 am 31 Jan 12

tonys said :

Have you considered Yoga or meditation? Seriously, you sound very upset about something that is not worth being upset over. You might end up being a calm driver and having a more enjoyable trip. Kind regards 🙂

Or maybe been eating too much red meat?
(NOTE: this isn’t a meat vs. vego dig – it’s just a line out of that classic Arnie movie ‘Commando’!) Hahaha!

KB1971 KB1971 9:38 am 31 Jan 12

tonys said :

Have you considered Yoga or meditation? Seriously, you sound very upset about something that is not worth being upset over. You might end up being a calm driver and having a more enjoyable trip. Kind regards 🙂

Its not really about being in a hurry, its about courtesy.

This morning I am driving over the the boys daycare, coming down Box Hill av there is a ute behind me, we both turn right onto Tharwa Dve. I merge left he stays right & goes past but then just stays there in the right hand lane.

On the roundaout where Tharwa Dve turnes right most of the traffic turns right to go to the Monaro Hwy but he goes straight ahead. By this stage I want to turn right at the next intersection but he is there so I have to accellerate to move across (he ignored my indicator & I loath the old hit the brakes & merge method). At the next roundabout at Johnson/Drakeford he goes straight ahead as I turn right.

Now the traffic was light in the left lane & I am sure he was turning right somewhere (probably
Mitchell) but he was not passing or in a hurry, just cruising along so there was no need for him to be over there. Traffic was light as well but he was just being a PITA.

I will also add that I was not in a hurry either, I was only driving to daycare before riding my bike into Civic.

Skyring Skyring 9:10 am 31 Jan 12

Aeek said :

Skyring said :

I was once almost cleaned up by a little old lady at the old Russell roundabout, She wanted to turn right from Parkes Way onto Kings Avenue, she indicated right, and she went right.

pre National Road Rules, that was ACT law. I even had a driving instructor advise me to always use the left lane, even if I was turning right.

This would explain it. She was driving in miles per hour, calculating grocery prices in pounds shillings and pence and still mourning the late King.

You still see a few of the old breed of drivers, who indicate with hand signals.

Aeek Aeek 11:50 pm 30 Jan 12

Skyring said :

I was once almost cleaned up by a little old lady at the old Russell roundabout, She wanted to turn right from Parkes Way onto Kings Avenue, she indicated right, and she went right.

pre National Road Rules, that was ACT law. I even had a driving instructor advise me to always use the left lane, even if I was turning right.

Skyring Skyring 8:44 pm 30 Jan 12

tonys said :

Have you considered Yoga or meditation? … You might end up being a calm driver and having a more enjoyable trip.

Geez. I don’t think it’s illegal, but wouldn’t it be a bit of a distraction?

Skyring Skyring 8:41 pm 30 Jan 12

timeeh said :

00davist said :

You could clear out the roads by asking the highly technical question “when exiting a roundabout, do you indicate right, or left?”.

I know this one… It’s a trick question, the trick is not to indicate, at least thats what iv’e leant through observation 🙂

I was once almost cleaned up by a little old lady at the old Russell roundabout, She wanted to turn right from Parkes Way onto Kings Avenue, she indicated right, and she went right.

From the left lane, which conflicted with my plan to continue straight ahead from the right lane. She didn’t even look. I made a sudden decision to go right as well and had a quick circular tour of the roundabout before rather nervously resuming my intended route.

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