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poor driving habits increase

By Duke - 6 March 2008 148

Another bizarre driving habit has been developing on ACT roads – the practice of leaving a large gap between your car and the car in front when stopped at traffic lights. 

Two or three metres is adequate, but i’ve seen people leave two or three car lengths, even more. 

So what? you say.  Most of the times it’s ok – bizarre and pointless, but ok, but a problem arises when people in the outer lanes leave large gaps thus blocking access to the left and right turning slip lanes.  Ie;  if everybody just moved up a bit, it would allow a whole bunch of cars wanting to turn before the traffic lights to pass.  Leaving a large gap between you and the car in front can actually block traffic building up behind you.

 At its worst i’ve actually had to get out of my car, tap on the window of the person in front and tell them to move up so I can turn my car into the turning lane.

And to a lesser extent it’s just plain annoying when people leave a huge gap………….wait until all the traffic has come to a full stop behind them, then slowly take their foot off the brake and roll their car forward an inch at a time…………bizarre and pointless!

Happy motoring all

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Doctor Evil 7:18 pm 13 Mar 08

Maeliner – I wasn’t trying to start a motorbike bagging session, I ride one part-time myself.

In fact I think it was you that raised it in the car on car thread.

Your comments would be seen by many as being somewhat odd, that’s all….

Aeek 6:58 pm 13 Mar 08

Sina: mobility scooters are allowed on most roads and no helmet is required. They are not classed as a vehicle.

Sina 5:59 pm 13 Mar 08

I think we’re talking about different things – I don’t mean those little vespa scooters, but those ones that old people use to get around at the shopping centres (with the flag and the basket at the front). They seem to have a top speed of about 2kms/hr.

Mælinar 4:29 pm 13 Mar 08

It is a legal requirement for scooter drivers to wear a helmet.

@Dr Evil – I’m not going to get into the whole car-car vs car-motorbike thing, and the gamut of bendy rules in between. This topic is about car on car action, we’ll leave the motorbike bagging to another thread.

Special G 4:12 pm 13 Mar 08

Couldn’t say I have ever seen a scooter rider not wearing a helmet. As a motorbike rider I can say yes it is illegal not to wear a helmet.

I am making my judgement of your driving by your description of almost running a scooter rider off the road. Plus I’m an opinionated bastard that will have a dig.

Sina 3:33 pm 13 Mar 08

Special G, if scooters are allowed on the roads then I would think their drivers would need to wear helmets, no? None of them do. I’m pretty sure what they are doing is illegal.

And I like how you are able to judge my driving, never having actually seen me drive.

Duke 8:33 am 12 Mar 08

Yep Sina – that’s the very definition of merging, allowing the person to fill the gap in front of you. Shows some people still don’t know how to merge……or let others merge.

Like the guy on Tuggeranong Parkway last week. We were entering the Parkway from Weston Creek and this guy instead of speeding up 100 to merge, actually came to a complete halt at the bottom of the ramp and waited for a gap. When he finally entered it took him a while to reach the same speed as everybody else and almost caused a 20 car pile up.

He was driving a weird new foreign car, renault I think. BEWARE

Special G 11:01 pm 11 Mar 08

The speed limit is exactly that – a limit – means go at a speed less than this. If you are only comfortable driving 40 in a 60 zone then do so. 50cc Scooters are finding this they only do 60kmh therefore get along a bit slower in 80 zones etc.

Sina you seem to have a bit of an issue with your driving – pull into your reactionary gap – then recreat it – easy. As for almost wiping out a scooter – I’m tipping you’d be looking at a culpable driving charge after you killed the poor bastard.

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