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Kings Highway. Have they learned nothing?

By Tecko12 - 12 March 2012 118

I have a question and im sure many people have the same one.

After the horrific weekend we have had on the kings highway, People still dont seem to learn anything.

Driving home from Batemans bay today, i passed a further 2 car accidents around 10.30 – 12.00 ish.

One of them at the same place were the most recent accidents have occured and one between Bungendore and Braidwood.

But what shocked me is that there is always 1 person who cant stand to be behind another car, so they speed out into the other lane, try to overtake as many cars as possible and then cut off whoever they can to get back into the correct lane to avoid oncoming traffic.

Why cant people wait and be patient. Everyone else has to. And what really got to me is that it was a mother driving her family of 3 kids. Wouldent people learn.

Although the road is in poor condition now, it is still fine to drive if you drive to the condition but people risking their own lives and their familys to jump a few car spaces ahead, i just do not understand.

What’s Your opinion?


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118 Responses to
Kings Highway. Have they learned nothing?
God 9:42 pm 12 Mar 12

It obviously needs a lot more policing.

We even have somone (jethro) complaining about people keeping to the speed limit.

These people deserve no licence.

Sandman 9:24 pm 12 Mar 12

eily said :

Looks like they’ve found the ideal road to put point-to-point cameras on.

Point to point camera’s won’t work because those people aren’t actually getting anywhere any faster. Their average speed is still pretty much the same as everyone else.
Ideal solution would be a Concrete barrier right down the middle of the entire highway, stopping head-ons occurring and making any overtaking impossible without an overtaking lane. Won’t stop poeple taking out Gum tree’s on their side of the road but should stop them taking out an entire family travelling in the opposite direction.

wildturkeycanoe 8:04 pm 12 Mar 12

King’s Highway or Barton Highway, doesn’t make any difference. When you have a Learner doing 65km/h for a 25 km stretch of 100 zone with only one overtaking lane, 30-40 cars and trucks backing up behind them, someone is going to lose it and try to get past in a less than safe fashion. Patience can only last for so long before it wears thin and then you have consequences. Ideally, the instructor of the learner would have re-thought having them drive at the busiest period of the day or used a road with less traffic. One can be booked for driving too slow, there is a reason for that. [This happened this afternoon coming back into Canberra from Murrumbateman, 6:00pm]
As per previous posts about the King’s Hwy, I agree that slower vehicles should be aware if they are creating a backlog and take a break in a rest area to let them all get past and back to a normal driving speed. With the advent of speed cameras, the backlog doesn’t clear like back in the old days where everyone planted it and did 120-140km/h in the 1km of overtaking lane available. Now you might get 2 or 3 cars doing 100 that get past the slow vehicle doing 70-80, whilst the other 20 cars behind get caught right back behind them, waiting for the next passing opportunity.Safety by capping speeding in my opinion has created the very problem we are faced with.
It’s easy for all of you to say “be patient, what’s 3 or 5 minutes going to hurt”, but humans by nature do not think that way when they are heading to the coast to enjoy what little time off they have. Constantly adjusting the cruise control or hitting the brakes because a slow driver with little confidence varies their speed from 70 to 100km/h not only annoys the person behind but compounds this in a chain reaction back another ten cars where they end up slowing down even more, sometimes to 50km/h as every reaction is exaggerated through the line up.
Those who overtake on double lines are idiots, I won’t defend them in any way, but I can understand why they end up doing it.

socialnode1 7:53 pm 12 Mar 12

“Kings Highway. Have they learned nothing? “

NO!!

Did the trip this afternoon to Canberra, seen so many people taking risks its ridiculous! …. The worst though had to be the black ute near the bottom of Clyde Mountain approx 2.20pm … 1st major tight right hand bend , double white lines, everyone else is being patient and this moron pulls out a couple of cars behind, overtakes right on that bend to get a few cars in front!

Seriously I can not believe the stupidity of some people I wish I had not been so shocked to take a photo or get his license (I was a passenger).

harvyk1 7:29 pm 12 Mar 12

Short answer – nope, they have learnt nothing…
Long answer – why should I learn something, I am an above average driver, just like everyone else…

People vastly overestimate their driving abilities, and thanks to things like ABS \ Traction Control \ ESP \ Stability Control etc, the car does actually prevent them from crashing, to a point… It also gives the driver a very false sense of security an “I’ll be fine, I stopped the car in time” where in reality it was things like ABS which actually stopped the car in time.

The dangerous thing about all these safety systems is when they fail, the car is doing a much higher speed than before, coupled with a driver who has never experienced what it feels like to have a car slip out from under them (because it’s dangerous to teach people how to actually recover from such things, it make them want to practise those techniques is the standard argument) and it’s a perfect recipe for disaster.

eily 7:11 pm 12 Mar 12

Looks like they’ve found the ideal road to put point-to-point cameras on.

andym 6:41 pm 12 Mar 12

What I cant understand is that all these people are rushing to get to Batemans Bay, I mean if it was somewhere really good I could understand it, but its just the coast and it will only be full of the idiots that just blasted past you at 120km/h…….
Besides it will still be there in 2-3 hours time or next week for that matter….

Jethro 6:28 pm 12 Mar 12

You’ve got it all wrong Tecko12.

It’s not the people doing the dangerous overtakes who are to blame, but the people driving at the speed limit who are causing them to get frustrated and take unnecessary risks.

If only those people holding everyone else up by driving the speed limit could just be a bit more courteous.

Here_and_Now 6:01 pm 12 Mar 12

I don’t know why, but there are many drivers who can’t stand the idea of another car being in front of them. Apparently, even if that second car is doing the speed limit or faster, they *must* be overtaken.

I usually get it from people who start off behind me then try to overtake well after a merge has begun, lest they be one car behind. The risk to themselves, me and others is apparently worth the experience of driving in front of somebody.

Felix the Cat 5:42 pm 12 Mar 12

It must be the road right, couldn’t possibly be bad drivers? It’s just the worlds biggest fluke that thousands of people travel this road every week and somehow amazingly manage not to crash.

farnarkler 5:31 pm 12 Mar 12

And Tecko12 that is why, when excessive speed is involved, there are those who have no sorrow when people wipe themselves out on stationary objects.

c_c 5:24 pm 12 Mar 12

Obviously the OP doesn’t know what we all know, that death only happens to other people. Accidents, tragedies, loss of life and lifelong debilitating injuries never happen to us. Geez.*

*sarcasm

Watson 5:19 pm 12 Mar 12

The one that always astounds me the most is the car overtaking one or more cars right behind another car, instead of going one by one. So they are counting on the first car to leave them enough space to move back into the left lane. That is a massive risk to take.

c_c 5:18 pm 12 Mar 12

Obviously the OP doesn’t know what we all know, that death only happens to other people. Accidents, tragedies, loss of life and lifelong debilitating injuries never happen to us. Geez.

arescarti42 5:12 pm 12 Mar 12

“Why cant people wait and be patient. Everyone else has to. And what really got to me is that it was a mother driving her family of 3 kids. Wouldent people learn.

Although the road is in poor condition now, it is still fine to drive if you drive to the condition but people risking their own lives and their familys to jump a few car spaces ahead, i just do not understand.”

Alright. I’ll let you in on two little things I learned when I was about 19.

1. Deep down, underneath a facade of civility and adhering to social protocol, most people are primitive scum that will screw anyone else over when it suits them.
2. Most people are totally fucking retarded.

It is certainly not the case for all people, and there are some that are bigger/more visible fuckwits/assholes, but ever since I started looking at the world through this lens, everything started making sense. It also provides a cogent explanation to your little musing on the Kings Highway.

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