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Wet weather driving madness!

By H1NG0 - 26 October 2007 33

Yesterday, as we all know, it was raining quite heavily. When it rains heavily in Canberra, you can usually bet that everyone is going to drive to work rather than use an umbrella at a bus stop. What this also means is that the people who don’t usually drive, choose to drive in the worst conditions possible.

You would assume that these same people know that driving in these conditions require a different driving style than it would on a perfect sunny day. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Yesterday I witnessed a nasty accident directly in front of me on Northbourne Ave at around 8:10am where 2 cars and a truck were involved. Basically, the truck stopped at a set of lights while the car behind it (Toyota Aurion) also managed to stop safely. The car behind the Aurion was travelling far to close and pushed the Toyota straight into the back of the flatbed truck.

The truck driver and the Toyota driver quickly got out and assisted the seemingly injured driver.

 However this is not the end of it! During the day I saw many other crashed vehicles on the side of the road. Most notably on the Barton Highway roundabout and another near Woden roundabout. Has it been so long that drivers have forgotten how to drive in the rain? Did you see an accident yesterday?

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Aeek 11:33 pm 30 Oct 07

The first accident I ever saw while driving was down to a backhoe/dozer travelling the wrong way on the Parkway at dusk. 88, maybe 89.

vandam 10:59 pm 30 Oct 07

What is it about Canberrans? They just whinge whinge whinge. You know the reason it took you some of you longer to get home in the rain???? It’s because people reduce their speed as it takes longer for your vehicle to stop! DER! So be reducing your speed you reduce the chance of driving up the back of someone.

Next time your driving in the rain and pass an accident, see what type of accident it is. I’ll bet 99 out of 100 are rear end accidents, meaning Canberra drivers are aggressive tailgaters that don’t give themselves enough time to stop in time.

Which basically keeps the Insurance companies and towies rolling in the cash, whilst making everyones insurance premiums higher.

BigDave 3:01 pm 29 Oct 07

Would that be the Bates fella that lives out in Royalla or Webber from Queanbeyan? Last time I looked they were both NSW…

RAGD 1:59 pm 29 Oct 07

I wonder how many people are here reading about their own accidents that happened to them over the last couple of rainy days? LOL!

Snahons_scv6_berlina 11:20 am 29 Oct 07

Cranky, Webber was a NSW lad.

Xanthomyza 10:44 am 29 Oct 07

I saw a car off the road, through a fence and in the paddock on coppins crossing road, and a car slid through the roundabout and into a light pole out the front of duntroon. madness.

Lord Mælinar 8:50 am 29 Oct 07

Ahh the Canberra philosophy – cut in instead of drop back into the 200odd meter gap behind the vehicle currently in the lane.

So many times have I experienced that, to still be in the rearview mirror 30km later – net effect of 0 transport gain when you look at it.

Thumper 7:29 am 29 Oct 07

My major gripe about driving in the rain is that when I drop back further from the car in front of me to give myself ample braking distance, some dickhead will move into that gap!

Drop back from him, and voila, another dickhead to fill that gap…

Aeek 6:53 am 29 Oct 07

More people drive when it rains. Don’t want to get wet at bus stops or on bikes. So the traffic clogs up.

hingo_VRCalaisV6 3:00 pm 28 Oct 07

I agree Mess. I drove home from Woden to Ngunnawal on Friday in the rain and the normal 30 minute drive took roughly an hour! About 15-20 minutes of that time was getting from the Commonwealth Ave bridge to the first set of lights on Northbourne. I didn’t see any reason for this as there were no accidents, just slow and fucking incompetent drivers.

Mess 5:12 pm 27 Oct 07

Couldnt believe it yesterday, the slowness of the traffic on the highway all the way into the city, I dont think I got over 40km/h untill I was past Fyshwick. What is usally a 25min journey in peak hour traffic took me over an hour. Something must snap in most Canberrans heads and they drive at half their normal speed

cranky 5:00 pm 27 Oct 07

Hmm. So you would revoke the licences of the Bates boys and Mark Webber. I consider two other local drivers, totally unknown outside the motorsport fraternity, could also have well been F1 champs if given the opportunity.

You may say that the competence shown is not ‘road’ driving, but these guys also teach others, and are often called on to do the driving in the various TV ads.

Your troll has worked. More constructive comment would always be welcomed.

BigDave 2:49 pm 27 Oct 07

What a completely lame-ar$ed troll!

I rest my case…

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