Dangerous holiday driving

Holiday traffic causes many problems, of course especially for families of people killed and badly injured in accidents.

What we get is a big change in traffic patterns, and also a change in driver mindsets and behaviour.

Redditt: The worst driving I see is from impatient drivers behind slow traffic making bad overtaking decisions. Who agrees that peppering the highways with these signs could help the growing road toll in NZ?

Dangerous passing is the sole responsibility of drivers who do it, regardless of how frustrated they may be with slow drivers. But slow drivers are also a problem – and the worst are those who drive slowly until a passing lane or passing opportunity and then speed up. I saw minor examples of this on the road yesterday.


When being over taken, the safest and most sensible thing to do is to tap on the brake a few times to allow the other car to overtake quickly and cleanly.

Have frequently experienced slow driver do the exact opposite, and accelerate in and apparent attempt to prevent overtaking. Such immaturity or incompetence while driving is extremely dangerous. Such drivers really need to be hit with large fines and a significant amount of demerit points.

Your idea for signs might help, but like already mentioned. The problem drivers have a serious attitude problem so would likely ignore them. They need to be hit in the wallet or even gotten off the road entirely.

But those who drive too fast or dangerously are the biggest problem, and they can’t use slow drivers as an excuse.

I was driving up Stuart Street in Dunedin a few days ago in the right hand lane – I needed to split right so needed to be there. I was following a car, and another car was moving up inside me, but we were all travelling at about 50 kph.

Another car came up inside me and as soon as there was a bare minimum gap cut across in front of me – he was about 1 metre clear of me and the other car in the left lane. He then tail gated the car in front al the way up and ov er the extension, until the lanes split and he turned off into a KFC drive through. I suspect it wasn’t an emergency.

Inconsiderate slow drivers may frustrate others into making poor decision, but aggressive and impatient drivers pose the greater risk.

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  1. Griff

     /  January 2, 2018

    Keeping left
    A driver, when driving, must at all times drive as near as
    practicable to the left side of the roadway unless this rule
    otherwise provides.
    If a driver’s speed, when driving, is such as to impede the
    normal and reasonable flow of traffic, that driver must, as soon
    as is reasonably practicable, move the vehicle as far as practi-
    cable to the left side of the roadway when this is necessary to
    allow following traffic to pass.

    This is the first rule in our road laws
    That the cops don’t enforce it instead only look at speed is a travesty.
    If you fail to keep left and don’t pull over to allow traffic to pass you should have the book chucked at you .

    I see it all the time.
    Slow drivers who accelerate on passing lanes or when the road is open enough for traffic they have been holding up to pass.

    If the cops would spend a few holiday periods reminding drivers of the actual law and warning the noddy’ s who hold up traffic that they are breaking the first rule of the road we would all be better off .,
    Instead we get dont speed if you get stuck behind a slow driver suck it up.
    This police attitude legitimizes the bad driving of road hogs who don’t think of other road users .

    I would like to see a driver who insists on holding up a long lines of cars detained for twenty minutes for every car behind them.
    Sitting at the road side for many hours may get the law into their ignorant heads .

    I make a point of pulling over if I am holding up traffic.
    No matter what speed I am doing .

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 2, 2018

      Exactly right, Griff. It is just grossly inconsiderate/incompetent to have a queue behind you for any length of time. But at this time of year there are a lot of drivers on the rural roads who are only used to driving around town in lines of traffic and don’t have a clue about how annoying they are.

    • NOEL

       /  January 2, 2018

      15 years ago when we we camping every year travelling at 90 kpm with a trailer would always pull over when there was a build up behind me.
      Now its camper vans who travel at 80kpm and less who don’t give a toss about those behind them.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  January 2, 2018

        The drivers thereof, surely.

        There are few things more maddening than some idiot refusing to allow anyone to pass when they crawl along at ‘four miles a fortnight’ and then pull over and speed up when there’s what should be a safe place to pass. Perhaps they think that they are leading a circus parade with them as the chief clown.

        Both speeders and crawlers are menaces. I was once stuck behind some old woman doing 50 on the motorway !!!

        • Blazer

           /  January 2, 2018

          sounds like you were looking in the rear vision…mirror.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  January 2, 2018

            What on earth are you talking about ? One can’t see a driver ahead of one in the rear vision mirror. Anyone who did would be driving backwards-if this is what you do, I hope that I am never near you if you do it on the motorway !!!

            If the old woman had been visible in our rear vision mirror, we wouldn’t have been stuck BEHIND her.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 2, 2018

      Griff, what a lovely idea 😀

      One can always do the star 555 thing and dob the buggers in.

  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  January 2, 2018

    Drivers are being ‘pinged’ for crawling-I googled it. I thought that they were. The problem is, I suppose, that they are not so obvious as someone who thinks that they are on the speedway and drives accordingly.

  3. patupaiarehe

     /  January 2, 2018

    Had a ‘near death experience’ myself, on NYE. Was heading back to the campground from fetching ice, on a twisty rural road. Approaching a blind sharp corner, I slowed down to 50, even though I knew I could comfortably do it at 70. I was around 20m from it, when some retard driving a ‘remuera tractor’ appeared in front of me, on my side of the road, doing at least 80km/hr. I was stopped by the time he swerved past me, almost clipping my driver side mirror, then he almost went into the ditch behind me, before swerving into the wrong lane again, then carrying on. He got the ‘stink finger’ from me, but obviously knew better than to stop & argue about it. Judging by the vehicle, he wasn’t a tourist. Bloody JAFAs!!!

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 2, 2018

      Some bloody fool used to drive like a wannabe racing driver along a road outside Hamilton and pass on the INSIDE. Of course one’s instinct is to pull over, and I am amazed that the moron didn’t see that he was asking to be killed-anyone who hit him would literally hit HIM in the driver’s seat of his maroon BMW. He must have been counting on the victims of this hilarious practical joke being more concerned with avoiding a crash than taking his number.

      I bet that he was given the finger a few times.

      Someone I know had something lock in his car and went sailing across a motorway, unable to do anything about it. He was lucky that there was nothing very near-but he probably had to change his undies when he got home. To anyone coming along he must have looked like an arrogant idiot.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  January 3, 2018

      Had a similar event this morning. Cruising peacefully into the centre of town some neanderthal suddenly aimed his flatbed truck straight at me from about 20m away. I swerved away and he swerved back on course with a few metres to spare. WTF was in his head? Where was he looking and why was he trying to cut the corner anyway?