I guess this isn’t strictly a Traffic Light Thought but anyway…
My new commute has quite a few roundabouts. I don’t mind as they shift traffic much more efficiently than traffic lights but one thing annoys me.
I know ‘the plural of anecdote is not data’ but it seems a significant percentage of Kiwi drivers don’t know how to indicate when going ‘straight’ through a roundabout. On entry some signal left, others right, when there is no need to signal at all until approaching the exit.
It really isn’t that hard, as the road code extract below shows…
If you are going 'straight' through a roundabout:
don't signal as you come up to the roundabout
signal left as you pass the exit before the one you wish to take. At some small roundabouts it may not be possible to give three seconds warning, but it is courteous to give as much indication as you can.
Maybe it is the season, winter gloom approaches, or just the time of my evening commute?
Every night I see several cars with no headlights, barely visible in the dark. It can be easy to overlook if you drive out of a brightly lit car park on to the lit city street. Sometimes, especially when roads are wet, it can be hard to tell if your lights are on at all!
There seem to be accepted signals for thankyou (couple of hazard light flashes), caution (headlight full beam flash) but no way to jut say “turn your lights on”. I’ve tried multiple headlight flashing but only seen limited response to that. Any better ideas?
Must have strayed into the smokers section of rush hour* this morning. Sitting at the on-ramp lights at Rosebank Rd three cars had drivers smoking, hanging their arm or puffing smoke out of an open drivers window.
Seems odd that they don’t want that stinky cancer inducing filth in their car but quite happy to let their poor lungs suffer the same.
The Citroën AX was always pretty rare in New Zealand, to see one now even more so. Although the styling is incredibly Euro-drab, especially for a Citroën, the minimalist design is supermini at its best.
I remember the late great LJKS praising elegant efficiency of the AX design when released. Notice the 3 wheel bolts? All it needed, so all it got.
Quite a contrast to the bloated parody of ‘Mini’ the current MINI has become.
It was in the car park above one of my favourite West Coast beaches. Anawhata is a bit of a hike, especially back up the hill, but worth the effort. There were two cars in the car park, just 4 people and 2 dogs on the beach that day!
Ever seen something on the road and thought; ‘If only there was a cop to see this’? I’ve done the *555 thing a few times but only to report dull stuff like road debris hazards.
Recently I was driving home through suburban Sunnyvale and caught up with a car creeping along the road. Approaching an empty roundabout it stopped completely before inching around (unfortunately in the same direction I was headed). We barely exceeded 20 km/h (in a 50 area) on a road too narrow and twisty to safely overtake.
The cautious and erratic driving had me thinking this is a very new learner (no L plate), perhaps someone lost or who’s been on the booze. A bit further along the road we crested a small rise and “Mr Erratic” stomped on the brakes, almost stopping, before driving on even slower.
What prompted this odd behaviour? A Police random breath test where I left him having what appeared to be a rather serious conversation with the officers. I don’t know if it was a drunk driver but have my suspicions, and the rest of my trip home was rather less frustrating!