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Merging on and off the Monaro Highway – the back door manoeuvre

By FarrerGirl - 15 April 2013 60

Being a bit of a Costco addicit, I travel along the Monaro Highway quite often (coming on and off at the Hindmarsh Dr junction.

What I have noticed is the increasing use of what I like to call the ‘back door’ manoeuvre, where people, who really can not wait two seconds, merge on and off from behind – merging before the lane markings indicate you can legally do so – i.e they cross over the thick white line.

Please note, I merge with the speed of the traffic and I am competent in the use of my indicators, so this is not a case of someone merging at a ‘nanna’ speed / not indicating their intention. I have issues with this as I end up feeling ‘bullied’ into merging illegally by crossing over a thick white line – lest I risk having to slow down to merge behind the car who has snuck up from behind.  So, should I continue obeying the law and merge when the line change to dashes, or do I go against my very core, and merge as soon as possible, even if that requires me to cross a thick white line!

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Merging on and off the Monaro Highway – the back door manoeuvre
KB1971 4:38 pm 15 Apr 13

A slightly differnt bit of impatience happens at the roundabout at the Lanyon Shops. If I am turning right to head to Tuggers, people coming up from the south in the left lane think they dont have to give way, its a PITA if you have not finished negotiating the roundabout & then want to move into the left lane when you have.

I usually pass a great deal of these people at the next roundabout because eveybody has moved into the right lane.

JC 4:05 pm 15 Apr 13

See this all the time unfortunately. Where I see it a lot is Parkes Way onto Commonwealth Ave, Woden bound where traffic from the City shouldn’t go to the left lane until after the Parkes Way on ramp (from the Fyshwick direction). Often I see cars doing that then making it hard for cars to join Commonwealth Ave. Another at the same intersection is cars coming off Parkes Way from the tunnel end then trying to move to the middle/left lanes straight away, this has got worse since they put in the form one lane there.

The one similar thing that shits me to tears though is at a set of lights where a car turning left has, quite rightly stopped to give way to the cars coming along the ‘main’ road and then when there is a safe gap for them some dick from behind has pulled out and is overtaking them, thus meaning the first car has no chance to get out themselves. I really wonder what the cars behind are thinking. Worse still though are cars turning left who then think they have every right to just merge straight in, regardless of the traffic flow, the rule with these types of merge, ie where you have to cross a broken line is the car crossing MUST give way, as opposed to the normal form one lanes where it is essentially front car has right of way.

FarrerGirl 4:01 pm 15 Apr 13

A_Cog said :

Dear OP,

Please, just get a move on. You may not think there’s anything wrong with your driving and your marginal merging, but because you accelerate so slowly and then sit just under the speed limit, you’re disrupting the flow of traffic. You’re locking up all the drivers behind you who also have to merge into full-speed traffic. You’re putting the rest of us in the position of having to almost stop in an 80kmh merging lane to let the full-speed traffic go past simply because you refuse to get a move on. I wouldn’t expect you to ever think of this, because your driving shows you have no consideration for others. Just like if you were driving on the Monaro approaching the Hindmarsh merging lane, you wouldn’t move over to the right lane to give the Hindmarsh mergers a free lane. No, you’d stay in the left lane. Just like Moorshead Drive/Parkes Way and the drivers who merge from Kings Avenue, or Kings Ave and drivers merging from King Edward Terrace, or any f#cker driving in the left lane of Northbourne Avenue.

I frequently and proudly use this maneuver because I am sick and tired of clowns dawdling, sitting on 55 in a 60 zone, or 75 in an 80 zone, and taking so long to do anything that the drivers behind have to stop and disrupt the flow of traffic all because you’re too selfish to pump the pedal just a teeny bit when merging. Maintaining the flow of traffic actually makes it safer. It’s not that those behind you are impatient, rather, it’s that you just don’t get it.

And to those of you who will inevitably say that I’m a hoon, a goon, and a prick, I say that RA is chock-full of posts and comments about the terrible standard of Canberra driving. The rest of the country has worked it out – even Tasmania – but a bunch of narcoleptic bozos here in the ACT haven’t. So disagree all you like, but I love this maneuver and will continue using it frequently as I suffer your ‘blind grandma’ driving technique.

Ummm, at what point did I say I drove slowly – I merge with the flow of traffic – even if that means speeding to get into the flow.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:43 pm 15 Apr 13

A_Cog said :

Dear OP,

Please, just get a move on. You may not think there’s anything wrong with your driving and your marginal merging, but because you accelerate so slowly and then sit just under the speed limit, you’re disrupting the flow of traffic. You’re locking up all the drivers behind you who also have to merge into full-speed traffic. You’re putting the rest of us in the position of having to almost stop in an 80kmh merging lane to let the full-speed traffic go past simply because you refuse to get a move on. I wouldn’t expect you to ever think of this, because your driving shows you have no consideration for others. Just like if you were driving on the Monaro approaching the Hindmarsh merging lane, you wouldn’t move over to the right lane to give the Hindmarsh mergers a free lane. No, you’d stay in the left lane. Just like Moorshead Drive/Parkes Way and the drivers who merge from Kings Avenue, or Kings Ave and drivers merging from King Edward Terrace, or any f#cker driving in the left lane of Northbourne Avenue.

I frequently and proudly use this maneuver because I am sick and tired of clowns dawdling, sitting on 55 in a 60 zone, or 75 in an 80 zone, and taking so long to do anything that the drivers behind have to stop and disrupt the flow of traffic all because you’re too selfish to pump the pedal just a teeny bit when merging. Maintaining the flow of traffic actually makes it safer. It’s not that those behind you are impatient, rather, it’s that you just don’t get it.

And to those of you who will inevitably say that I’m a hoon, a goon, and a prick, I say that RA is chock-full of posts and comments about the terrible standard of Canberra driving. The rest of the country has worked it out – even Tasmania – but a bunch of narcoleptic bozos here in the ACT haven’t. So disagree all you like, but I love this maneuver and will continue using it frequently as I suffer your ‘blind grandma’ driving technique.

Good to see you are at least open about your law breaking habits.

NoImRight 3:18 pm 15 Apr 13

A_Cog said :

Dear OP,

Please, just get a move on. You may not think there’s anything wrong with your driving and your marginal merging, but because you accelerate so slowly and then sit just under the speed limit, you’re disrupting the flow of traffic. You’re locking up all the drivers behind you who also have to merge into full-speed traffic. You’re putting the rest of us in the position of having to almost stop in an 80kmh merging lane to let the full-speed traffic go past simply because you refuse to get a move on. I wouldn’t expect you to ever think of this, because your driving shows you have no consideration for others. Just like if you were driving on the Monaro approaching the Hindmarsh merging lane, you wouldn’t move over to the right lane to give the Hindmarsh mergers a free lane. No, you’d stay in the left lane. Just like Moorshead Drive/Parkes Way and the drivers who merge from Kings Avenue, or Kings Ave and drivers merging from King Edward Terrace, or any f#cker driving in the left lane of Northbourne Avenue.

I frequently and proudly use this maneuver because I am sick and tired of clowns dawdling, sitting on 55 in a 60 zone, or 75 in an 80 zone, and taking so long to do anything that the drivers behind have to stop and disrupt the flow of traffic all because you’re too selfish to pump the pedal just a teeny bit when merging. Maintaining the flow of traffic actually makes it safer. It’s not that those behind you are impatient, rather, it’s that you just don’t get it.

And to those of you who will inevitably say that I’m a hoon, a goon, and a prick, I say that RA is chock-full of posts and comments about the terrible standard of Canberra driving. The rest of the country has worked it out – even Tasmania – but a bunch of narcoleptic bozos here in the ACT haven’t. So disagree all you like, but I love this maneuver and will continue using it frequently as I suffer your ‘blind grandma’ driving technique.

Your attempt at being awesome on the internet just fizzled. Maybe pick a topic where youve read the OP and can actually add something. As for being “a hoon, a goon, and a prick” you would no doubt see this as a badge of honour as you work to bring down the establishment and challenge the stuffed shirts with your truth bombs.

Erg0 3:06 pm 15 Apr 13

Very Busy said :

A_Cog said :

Please, just get a move on. You may not think there’s anything wrong with your driving and your marginal merging, but because you accelerate so slowly and then sit just under the speed limit, you’re disrupting the flow of traffic.

Perhaps you could have another go at reading the original post.

Do you really think that would make a difference?

Interestingly, I never see this on Adelaide Ave aside from the occasional moron that transits between the Deakin on-ramp and the Kent St exit in the bike lane, often for no discernable reason. That said, I’m always conscious of matching my merging speed to the flow of traffic, so take from that what you will.

Despite being very nearly cleaned up last week by a combination of a slow merger in front and an inattentive speeder in the left lane, I still don’t think that this behaviour is justified – all it does is turn a tricky situation into a genuinely dangerous one.

Very Busy 2:31 pm 15 Apr 13

A_Cog said :

Please, just get a move on. You may not think there’s anything wrong with your driving and your marginal merging, but because you accelerate so slowly and then sit just under the speed limit, you’re disrupting the flow of traffic.

Perhaps you could have another go at reading the original post.

sarahblaec 2:27 pm 15 Apr 13

Very Busy said :

The lack of enforcement of the vast majority of road rules results in an increase in this behaviour and encourages normally sensible and polite people to give up in disgust and join the ranks of the rude, obnoxious, ignorant and arrogant types..

Have to admit – eventually I stopped being the good guy and started merging across the solid line. As much as it bothered me to do it, I had to because the proportion of people obeying that particular road rule dropped so low that it became dangerous to try to change lanes legally. People who moved across early (especially the ones who were so impatient they drove along cycle lanes to get into the exit lane) tended to speed up, and pulling out of nearly-stationary traffic into a lane of people who weren’t happy about anyone merging in front of them was just asking for an accident. I didn’t speed up like many others did though, and drew the line at crossing the solid line only (ie not driving over grass or cycle lanes). As for the OP, unfortunately you have to balance “the right thing” and “the safe thing”, and make a call based on that. But you might be able to make the best of the situation, as I was able to (after moving over early I’d drive down the exit lane slowly and would slow down further to let in other people who wanted to legally merge into the lane).

As for the lack of enforcement of road rules, I don’t think that people should be following the road rules just because they’re afraid of being booked. I’ve seen that approach fail in the past anyway – quite a few people were illegally turning left from the right hand lane of the roundabout leaving the suburb I live in, and while the police did sometimes come and monitor the intersection, booking the odd person who did the wrong thing, most people obeyed the rules when the police were visible, but would return to breaking the rules the next day when the police weren’t there. It’s a problem with the attitudes of many drivers who are too impatient to obey road rules if it means it will delay them for a few seconds.

A_Cog 2:10 pm 15 Apr 13

Dear OP,

Please, just get a move on. You may not think there’s anything wrong with your driving and your marginal merging, but because you accelerate so slowly and then sit just under the speed limit, you’re disrupting the flow of traffic. You’re locking up all the drivers behind you who also have to merge into full-speed traffic. You’re putting the rest of us in the position of having to almost stop in an 80kmh merging lane to let the full-speed traffic go past simply because you refuse to get a move on. I wouldn’t expect you to ever think of this, because your driving shows you have no consideration for others. Just like if you were driving on the Monaro approaching the Hindmarsh merging lane, you wouldn’t move over to the right lane to give the Hindmarsh mergers a free lane. No, you’d stay in the left lane. Just like Moorshead Drive/Parkes Way and the drivers who merge from Kings Avenue, or Kings Ave and drivers merging from King Edward Terrace, or any f#cker driving in the left lane of Northbourne Avenue.

I frequently and proudly use this maneuver because I am sick and tired of clowns dawdling, sitting on 55 in a 60 zone, or 75 in an 80 zone, and taking so long to do anything that the drivers behind have to stop and disrupt the flow of traffic all because you’re too selfish to pump the pedal just a teeny bit when merging. Maintaining the flow of traffic actually makes it safer. It’s not that those behind you are impatient, rather, it’s that you just don’t get it.

And to those of you who will inevitably say that I’m a hoon, a goon, and a prick, I say that RA is chock-full of posts and comments about the terrible standard of Canberra driving. The rest of the country has worked it out – even Tasmania – but a bunch of narcoleptic bozos here in the ACT haven’t. So disagree all you like, but I love this maneuver and will continue using it frequently as I suffer your ‘blind grandma’ driving technique.

Very Busy 1:51 pm 15 Apr 13

Your post has highlighted a significant reason that our roads are seeing an increase in illegal, obnoxious and arrogant behaviour.

The lack of enforcement of the vast majority of road rules results in an increase in this behaviour and encourages normally sensible and polite people to give up in disgust and join the ranks of the rude, obnoxious, ignorant and arrogant types.

I hold out no hope of the situation improving anytime soon. I saw a highly marked police Falcon on Beazley Street last Thursday night driving with fog lights on and I also recently saw a Mercedes sedan use the bus only lane at the Yamba Drive roundabout as it drove straight past and was ignored by a police car doing RAPID checks.

Regardless of safety, many road rules serve to provide and encourage courteous driving. As these laws become ignored by more and more motorists, the shocking skills and attitudes are only going to get worse.

sarahblaec 1:49 pm 15 Apr 13

I used to see this a lot heading north on the Monaro with people exiting onto Canberra Avenue. This was before the Monaro duplication and I was traveling in morning peak traffic (so traffic was at a standstill along that stretch), so you wouldn’t be merging into the off-lane at the speed limit, you’d be doing it from rolling speeds at best. It was very frustrating though – trying to move into the exit lane legally meant I had to try to get out amongst people who were going much faster (as many would speed up a great deal in the exit lane), having driven over the solid line and in some cases also the on-road cycle lanes and a bit of grass, just to avoid a few seconds wait. It’s dangerous and unnecessary, not to mention really rude. Unless you’re an emergency services vehicle responding to a callout, you can wait a few seconds to move over legally like everyone else. Over the years I saw a few cars pulled over on the side of the road along that stretch – without witnessing the incidents it’s hard to say for sure, but often the damage seemed consistent with someone being hit while trying to move into the exit lane. It would be interesting to find out just how many accidents are caused by people not merging legally, although I can’t imagine it would change people’s behaviour if it did turn out to be a risky thing to be doing – sadly it seems that an increasing number of drivers are becoming less polite and more impatient and aggressive.

Madman 1:49 pm 15 Apr 13

Same thing happens Kingsford Smith Drive and Ginninderra Drive.
Ticks me off becuase you line up ready after all the traffic light congestion has passed and because you’re at the front of the merge lane you have to wait for all the idiots who have come from behind you over the line.

More then often they shoot straight over to the far right lane and I speed up next to them in the left hand and give them a bird!

460cixy 1:27 pm 15 Apr 13

Dilandach said :

I’ve also seen many many times in the same area, people entering in the roundabout on the inside lane to turn right into the costco section (coming from the airport) they’ll merge into the outside lane before exiting the roundabout so they don’t have to change lanes later on.

Frustrates the hell out of me when I’m exiting the roundabout and about to change lanes when I see that the car that was behind me is now in the left lane trying to overtake me as I’ve barely exited the roundabout.

It’s very frustrating and a lot of folk on here are big fans of the back door or trades men’s entrance

Mothy 1:25 pm 15 Apr 13

I see a lot of this on Gungahlin Drive, Northbound, as you merge on from Ginninderra Drive. Though that one is a particularly long merge lane, with some people seemingly believing you need to travel to the end of it before merging (despite the broken line section being quite long).

Dilandach 1:14 pm 15 Apr 13

I’ve also seen many many times in the same area, people entering in the roundabout on the inside lane to turn right into the costco section (coming from the airport) they’ll merge into the outside lane before exiting the roundabout so they don’t have to change lanes later on.

Frustrates the hell out of me when I’m exiting the roundabout and about to change lanes when I see that the car that was behind me is now in the left lane trying to overtake me as I’ve barely exited the roundabout.

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