It is a while since I have given you a harangue about car drivers in our fair city. Melbourne is going to sink under the weight of cars on the road soon. By the beginning of February this year, traffic was already worse than at the end of last year. Streets and roads I used to drive on and were free flowing are now quite congested.
In the areas I drive in often, I have been trying to observe traffic congestion and what causes it. You have to be careful here as what may seem like one area congested for a reason, could be just delaying what I call a filter point further along the way. At some point along a major road, there will be a point where the traffic will congest.
But in busy areas, the three point turner who just pulls out and blocks traffic in both directions is despicable. I am not sure what right they think they have. Their arrogance is beyond belief.
But I have less of a problem with them than I do with sheerly stupid person. The one who intends going straight ahead but pulls up behind a right turning vehicle at the traffic lights. Other drivers who don't want to seem too aggressive to go to left of both vehicles and possibly have a merging matter immediately after the intersection where there are parked cars, assume this car has pulled up behind the car going straight ahead because the right turning car is going straight ahead. Is that clear? Probably not.
Well, if you want to go straight ahead, why would you stop behind a car turning right? Why not just pull to the left and go around it?
Just as odd is people who at the last minute make a dramatic swing to the left to go around when they had plenty of time to make a smooth diverge to the left. Two seconds before coming up behind the vehicle turning right, they have realised it is stationary with its right indicator on. It had its indicator on all the time and there was plenty of time to smoothly diverge left.
These idiots really don't have much idea about driving. Perhaps they have dreams of driving in their local village, but that is not how the real world works.
Their numbers are growing as is the number of people in cars doing everything except concentrate on driving.
Bad accidents on country roads, minor collisions in the city, the car in front of you not starting off when the traffic light turns green, it is all about concentration. Driving is a serious business. You need to concentrate hard. It is not thinking or dreaming time and certainly not a time to make phone calls or text. Your full attention needs to be on driving and absorbing what is happening around you and reacting appropriately.
I will now stop bashing my head on a brick wall, because I know as our population increases at an extraordinary rate, it is only going to get worse.
Of course, the person on pubic transport is free to daydream on and be as vacant as they wish.