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    Can anyone explain why drivers insist on driving in the outside lane when the inside is completely empty and then after ages stuck in the lane decide to turn left.

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    23 hours ago, Sprinter said:

    Can anyone explain why drivers insist on driving in the outside lane when the inside is completely empty and then after ages stuck in the lane decide to turn left.

    My OH does this (he's from Adelaide) and it used to drive me nuts in the UK.  I think it's because if a road goes from 2 lanes to 1 lane generally it's the left hand lane that ends and you have to merge to the right and given how rubbish drivers are at letting you in people tend to stick in the right hand lane.  

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    1 hour ago, NicF said:

    My OH does this (he's from Adelaide) and it used to drive me nuts in the UK.  I think it's because if a road goes from 2 lanes to 1 lane generally it's the left hand lane that ends and you have to merge to the right and given how rubbish drivers are at letting you in people tend to stick in the right hand lane.  

    I suppose there is some kind of logic there, albeit a selfish attitude which encourages undertaking and accidents, although I think drivers here are generally a lot better than where we came from (Switzerland), where most roads are unofficial race tracks.

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    The road rules here don't require you to keep left unless the speed limit is 80 or over so, whilst annoying by UK standards, driving (and over/undertaking) in any lane on most two or three lane roads is perfectly acceptable. It annoyed the hell out of me for the first couple of years when we came over but am used to it now.

    What still really irks me is the inability of many Adelaide drivers to merge, or allow other people to merge. I've never seen anyone need to stop in a slip road back in the UK, but over here it is often necessary as people already on the road won't move over to let you in.

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    I don’t think they do it deliberately. They just don’t look and think ahead.  There is less traffic here and many learnt to drive in the country and are freaked out by the Britannia roundabout.  They would not enjoy driving in the UK!  I was recently in Colchester and my is that place complicated to drive round.  The famous magic roundabout certainly had me confused and I wasn’t the one driving that day (thankfully it was a local).

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    I totally agree that drivers have no idea how to merge into traffic...horrendous skill set!

    I was in Queensland earlier in the year and drivers there sit tight in the right hand lane...more so than here. I did find the drivers much better than in Adelaide though. How things change! When we arrived I thought that the driving was wonderful compared to the anarchy on the roads in the city that I moved from and now the poor driving annoys the hell out of me!

    The worst driving experience that I have ever encountered was whilst driving in some small towns in West Yorkshire. Narrow roads littered with cars, just so many vehicles that they are parked everywhere, on pavements, facing the wrong direction!, the sheer level of concentration required to drive there was so tiring. I have driven all over the world and the experience was by far the most stressful of my driving life...even more so than driving in African townships...sorry Yorkies but it's the truth!!

     

     

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