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Old school driving techniques

By FarrerGirl 2 September 2013 23

I am just back from a weekend down at the far South Coast of NSW. As with many coastal towns, there is a large population of elderly drivers down that way. Not once, but twice did I end up in an intersection ‘stalemate’ with this genre of driver.

On both occasions I was at a four-way intersection. My road had a stop sign and I wanted to turn right, the car opposite (also with a stop sign) wanted to travel straight across. Clearly I had to give way as I was crossing the opposing car’s path. However, both times the other car would not move – either they did not know they had right of way OR they were being courteous…….Is there an old school rule about this? Perhaps they were working on the ‘got there first rule’ – i.e they thought I had right of way as I got to the intersection a couple of seconds before them? The stalemates ended when elderly driver 1 drove through (though clearly annoyed that I had not (illegally) driven across the intersection); and when elderly driver 2 waved me through with big flapping arm movements.

My issue is that (as the fat controller says) this causes “confusion and delay” – there is no way I am going to assume right of way just because a random person is driving to old school rules…! If it is a case of them being courteous, I would much rather they proceeded through – I am happy to wait at intersections for a couple of extra seconds rather than risk a car accident (which I would be at fault as I would NOT have right of way).


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CutSnake 11:25 pm 03 Sep 13

Deref said :

No – there’s no “old school” rule about it. Stupidity knows no age.

Probably the caution is a response to seeing the ACT rego plates, an infallible sign that the driver is probably obnoxious, impatient and obsessed with rules instead of common sense. Safe driving is about
considering other road users, driving to the conditions and avoiding hitting anything. So if other people drive more cautiously than you, in your state of perfection, think they should, you could try driving to the conditions, instead of resorting to abuse. Slow down and get a life.

JC 9:57 pm 03 Sep 13

Holden Caulfield said :

JC said :

t is a stop sign for a reason you fools. (the reason being visibility to the right on approach)

There’s more visibility from that approach to the intersection in question than some give way signs around the place. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stop of course, so there must be other reasons for making it a stop sign, you would think, than just visibility and sight lines.

You must have a go go gadget neck. I know I cannot see too far down to the right until just before the stop sign.

tim_c 10:26 am 03 Sep 13

JimCharles said :

Forgive me, if you both arrived at the same time, the right of way is obviously theirs to proceed straight over. But…..if they hadn’t arrived at the junction and would have been required to come to a complete stop anyway, wouldn’t the right of way be automatically yours because you should already be engaged in your manouvre to turn right when the other vehicle hasn’t even arrived at the Stop sign so isn’t engaged?

I’ve seen far too many people blitz straight through STOP signs without stopping that I wouldn’t be taking that chance. And good luck trying to prove any resulting collision was the other driver’s fault because they failed to stop at the STOP sign.

JimCharles said :

What happens if there is 1 car waiting to turn right, but 20 cars wanting to go straight over. Do you have to sit there and let them all through?

Yes, that’s the rule.

By the way – there is no such thing as “right of way” in Australian Road Rules, only a requirement for another driver to “give way”, it is an important distinction.

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