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Theory v practice

By triffid - 16 July 2010 26

I am sure most Rioters would be aware that, here in the ACT, we have the highest proportion of people with tertiary qualifications in Australia.  We also have the highest proportion of people with a post-graduate qualification in Australia.  One might reasonably assume, then, that there exists a collectively higher IQ in our fair land. 

This would likely explain, then, why so many highly intelligent people got into their grey / silver / black / dark red / dark blue motor vehicles this morning and drove to work — in the thick fog — with no lights on whatsoever. 

I know that you’re all magnificently intelligent and clever and stuff and that you can see, well, OK in conditions like that.  And I can also see that you’re so unbelieveably considerate and thoughtful of other road users.   I suppose, then, that in future you won’t mind if I (who can see satisfactorily to operate the vehicle safely as well yet who does have my lights on) fail to render you right-of-way, or merging space, or operate my vehicle without strict lane discipline, or neglects to give sufficent room when changing lanes, or any other courtesy normally offered to my fellow travellers simply because no-one else can see you.

It would seem that intelligence is no substitute for common sense.

T Y F L O . . . please.

What’s Your opinion?


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26 Responses to
Theory v practice
BenMac 6:51 am 17 Jul 10

I just find it funny when you see someone with their high beams on during thick fog. Surely they’d realise it becomes a complete white-out and even harder to see.

Fiona 10:53 pm 16 Jul 10

On high beam – if I get high beamed lights in my rearview mirror I sometimes get that thing where I lose that spot of vision for a little time. Soemtimes briefly, but it’s still disconcerting.

And it happens more with 4wds as they are higher and more likely to hit that spot.

scoot 10:35 pm 16 Jul 10

Holden Caulfield said :

What’s the big deal about [foglights]? At least those tools can be seen; that’s the real issue here, making yourself visible to other motorists.

Foglights are illegal and for a reason. They dazzle cars in front and oncoming traffic. A pet hate of a great many people.

Punter 10:31 pm 16 Jul 10

On a positive, I would like to extend a big thumbs up to the group of cars travelling north on the parkway near the zoo at about 7 am, and more again at about 9 am in the same spot, all driving at common sense speed to match the fog soup – and surprisingly, nobody lane hopping.

bd84 10:26 pm 16 Jul 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Pork Hunt said :

It all averages out when you count the number of TOOLS who drive with head lights and foglights on.

What’s the big deal about that? At least those tools can be seen; that’s the real issue here, making yourself visible to other motorists.

The real tools are the ones with just parking lights on. They’ve actually made a conscious decision to turn some lights on and you still can’t see them!

The big deal is that fog lights are high beam, they blind oncoming drivers when used in clear conditions or in light rain. It is just as illegal to drive with them in clear conditions on as it is to drive around with your high beams always on. But then my theory is that people who drive with them on are just making up for their small penis.

On the subject of people without a brain and who don’t turn their headlights on in the fog, there are just as many idiots who do exactly the same thing when it is pouring with rain. But I guess they’re the same idiots who I see everyday driving in the pitch dark at night with no headlights on, I don’t understand how people don’t realise this when they can’t see their speedo and instruments.. I think there should be manditory IQ tests for drivers, those who don’t pass should be taken out the back and shot.

cleo 9:44 pm 16 Jul 10

Well it would help to stop more accidents in Canberra, I am amazed in Canberra how many people don’t do this and also do the same speeds when raining as they would do if it wasn’t raining.

georgesgenitals 7:48 pm 16 Jul 10

I’d settle for middle aged idiots in 4WDs disocovering the left hand lane, and not trying to throw their stupid machines around corners like a WRX.

To the tosser in the white BMW 4WD with the bike on the roof near Duffy this evening – grow a brain.

Holden Caulfield 7:15 pm 16 Jul 10

Pork Hunt said :

It all averages out when you count the number of TOOLS who drive with head lights and foglights on.

What’s the big deal about that? At least those tools can be seen; that’s the real issue here, making yourself visible to other motorists.

The real tools are the ones with just parking lights on. They’ve actually made a conscious decision to turn some lights on and you still can’t see them!

Fisho 6:52 pm 16 Jul 10

The title says it all.

In theory Canberrans have* a clue….
In practice, different story.

*as in, have the ability to form a working party to raise the funding to investigate ways to implement a ban that will keep people away from seeing the problem thus creating the illusion that the problem is resolved.

AussieRodney 6:15 pm 16 Jul 10

+1 for the comments by the OP. My thoughts exactly.

Canberry 5:43 pm 16 Jul 10

justin heywood said :

So I would like to add TYFFLOP

I believe the P is silent in TYFFLOP

Pork Hunt 5:04 pm 16 Jul 10

It all averages out when you count the number of TOOLS who drive with head lights and foglights on.

justin heywood 4:59 pm 16 Jul 10

While I agree with triifid, the flipside to this is the people who leave their foglights on at night when there is no fog. I understand that fog lights were were pretty gee-wiz when they first came out in Australia, but even Daewoo has them now, so no-one is impressed.

So I would like to add TYFFLOP

buzz819 4:45 pm 16 Jul 10

Hmm Im guessing TYFLO is Thank Yamba for Lovely Oranges….

I don’t get why that would come up in a thread about head lights though?

Amanda Hugankis 4:43 pm 16 Jul 10

Not this ole chestnut …

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