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More Driver Bastardry on the GDE

By Mothy - 25 March 2011 63

I’ve had a grumble in the past about drivers on the GDE who see the queue in the right hand lane between Mitchell and the Barton Highway overpass and so switch to the left hand lane, so as to pass a few cars and shove their way in further up the line at the merge point just before the bridge.

Seems there are some who think that’s fine. So I wanted to get your take on the latest queue jumping efforts observed on the GDE. I figured once was an innocent mistake, but having seen it twice now, I think it’s becoming a “thing”.

With the roadworks now extending from the Barton Highway overpass all the way to Belconnen Way, the GDE has been known to crawl along at 20kmph throughout. This evidently frustrates some, and in order to queue jump, they take the Gininderra Drive exit at speed, and instead of turning left or right, proceed straight across and proceed back up the on ramp on the other side, rejoining the GDE some 20 car lengths further up.

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More Driver Bastardry on the GDE
housebound 4:59 pm 25 Mar 11

One day, the people on the other end will work it out and not let you in. And then what?

Innovation 4:36 pm 25 Mar 11

Bluey – you’re excellent at this baiting game! I am impressed.

I’ve always wondered about those people that race from the back of the queue at woolies to a new checkout to beat the others in the queue. I could never work out if they pretended not to notice the looks on the faces of others ahead in the queue who weren’t as fast to move across or if they simply were too arrogant to notice. I hope your sarcastic comment teases out these queue jumpers so we can all understand what is going on in their minds.

Bluey 4:15 pm 25 Mar 11

GBT said :

Bluey, I think you just proved EvanJames’ point.

Not only do you think you’re more important, you think you’re smarter and it just hasn’t occurred to everyone else to use both lanes.

No I dont think im smarter. I just question why no one else does it when its legal and faster?

If I was at Woolies and in a queue, and the checkout next to me opened why would I stay in the queue I am in? Theres a faster way thats not breaking any rules.

I wont have the opportunity to try out sitting in a massive queue for no reason. Ive bought a push bike it gets me to Civic from my home 20 mins (there it is again) faster than driving either GDE or Flemington road. Enjoy being polite in your queue on gungahlin drive 🙂

Blamemonkey 4:14 pm 25 Mar 11

Innovation said :

Bluey – I’m guessing you’re being sarcastic but I’ll bite just in case you’re not. As far as I can tell, Kel is not doing anything wrong. She/he is not speeding and it is their choice to drive slower than the speed limit, particularly since they are driving defensively in preparation for what’s ahead on the road. And I can’t believe that this particular “stunt” saves you 20 minutes (or do you pull other similar capers on your journey). Perhaps one day you should actually drive like all of the “sheep” and “brainless” souls and compare your travel time.

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Innovation 4:01 pm 25 Mar 11

Bluey – I’m guessing you’re being sarcastic but I’ll bite just in case you’re not. As far as I can tell, Kel is not doing anything wrong. She/he is not speeding and it is their choice to drive slower than the speed limit, particularly since they are driving defensively in preparation for what’s ahead on the road. And I can’t believe that this particular “stunt” saves you 20 minutes (or do you pull other similar capers on your journey). Perhaps one day you should actually drive like all of the “sheep” and “brainless” souls and compare your travel time.

Solidarity 3:56 pm 25 Mar 11

No laws are being broken, what’s the problem? If you can’t beat them…. join them

GBT 3:39 pm 25 Mar 11

Bluey, I think you just proved EvanJames’ point.

Not only do you think you’re more important, you think you’re smarter and it just hasn’t occurred to everyone else to use both lanes.

Bluey 3:05 pm 25 Mar 11

kel said :

I tend to pull into the other lane when I see these people coming and stay in line with the cars I was in front and behind previously. I don’t suppose you could really use this technique with merge lanes and people skipping through the exit/entry lanes though…

So youre one of THOSE people… Far out get a clue. People like you cause accidents because of your self righteous “I was here first” mentality. Theres two lanes. Use them! its not pre-school where lining up in order will get you a pat on the head. There is a FORM ONE LANE its perfectly acceptable to use both of them. Shock horror! you use the… left lane…O_o

Continue to line up with the rest of the sheep. I will enjoy cutting 60 or so cars and about 20 minutes off my drive by using the whole road.

EvanJames said :

I hate this kind of behaviour with a passion. The scum who do it feel they are more important than other people.

No. We dont, but we’re not sheep who think its ‘rude’ to use two lanes of a two lane road.

If canberrans actually had a brain when it came to merging it wouldnt be an issue… but I digress. The daily shmozzle that is the GDE continues to undermine my faith in our driver training system.

The_Bulldog 1:55 pm 25 Mar 11

I also hate the adversarial nature of driving in Canberra – and I used to carry on like a pork-chop when I saw this kind of thing. Then I realised that by tailgating these clowns and hurling abuse at them I had become part of the problem and not the solution. My advice – take a deep breath and consider whether getting to your destination a minute or two later is worth the added stress before you decide the person who pushed in is really your mortal enemy.

That being said these people still deserve to be lined up and shot with a ball of their own excrement.

Davo111 1:54 pm 25 Mar 11

map location correct?

dtc 1:41 pm 25 Mar 11

I continue to enjoy the people coming back from the coast on a busy holiday who, being in a line of about 50 cars, insist on overtaking one car at a time until after an hour of intense driving they manage to be 25 cars ahead of where they would otherwise have been (ie about 150m).

Then they get stuck in the traffic jam entering Braidwood just like everyone else (appropos – why does Braidwood create such a hold up when Bungendore doesnt?)

EvanJames 1:12 pm 25 Mar 11

I hate this kind of behaviour with a passion. The scum who do it feel they are more important than other people.

In Queanbeyan on Yass Road of a morning, you see it as the huge line of cars approaches the overhead railway bridge (we’d love to be doing 20km/hr, usually the whole line is stationary, right through to Fairbairn). There’s a left lane that terminates at the Gazebo-style hotel. but you see cars leaping into it, so they can move ahead of the people in the permanent lane on the right, and then forcing their way back into the line when the left lane terminates.

This of course leads to all the traffic having to stop rather than flowing along slowly.

What goes on in the mind of someone who does rat-like acts such as this? Do they think that all the other people are stupid and they are smarter?

kel 1:04 pm 25 Mar 11

Personally I think it’s ridiculous. Who are these people that they think they’re so much better than everyone else who waits in line? If you know there’s going to be traffic delays then LEAVE THAT MUCH EARLIER. If you were caught unawares, then thems the breaks sometimes. I see it every morning and afternoon on Majura Road at the two roundabouts where the road splits into two lanes before each roundabout and then merges back into one lane on the other side. Most people stick to the inside lane southbound and the outside lane northbound, but you always get the people who try to overtake as many cars as possible and then push in further ahead. I tend to pull into the other lane when I see these people coming and stay in line with the cars I was in front and behind previously. I don’t suppose you could really use this technique with merge lanes and people skipping through the exit/entry lanes though…

Athryn 1:00 pm 25 Mar 11

The same thing happens on the Barton highway heading out of town when the right lane is closed at the GDE bridge. I saw this a few times and now I do it every day on my way home. I skip heaps of cars it’s great!! I get the odd dirty look or flash of head lights but I don’t really care. Just as long as I get home that precious 30 seconds earlier :o)

Oh and thanks to your other post, I live in Palmerston and now cut through Crace every morning too. That’s a great little trick :o)

Now let the flaming begin. lol

The Frots 12:59 pm 25 Mar 11

Hate queue jumpers………………………….period!

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