Roads: Traffic Management

Today on Radio Norfolk a focus on reducing the speed you drive your car at to save lives. No problem with that, except some of the issues also covered were bad driving traffic management (causes of lives lost).

My experience is that driving skills are going downhill. Each day I witness one to three cars that drift across lanes and back again while cornering a roundabout. Lane disipline has been shot to pieces.

Worse, are those drivers who believe that in the left-hand lane of a roundabout you can go right. I’ve even been hit by one of those, the driver completely obivious to what he had done wrong.

One extremely bad junction is a roundabout connecting the A12 with Pasteur Road in Great Yarmouth. Southbound isn’t so bad – you usually find most people drifting lanes but that’s as bad as it gets. Northbound, and people first think there are three lanes on the exit of the A12 before you reach the junction (there are two lanes, ahead and ahead plus right, clearly signposted), but three lanes once you have joined the roundabout itself. So you end up with three cars side-by-side in a wide two-lane road, and if you’re to the right of someone who’s just “created” a middle-lane and wanted to go straight-on yourself, you have to allow the rude motorist to effectively undertake you else risk accident.

Indeed it is only because it is so dangerous that people are far more cautious, leading to fewer accidents. Certainly junctions I’ve visited following “improvements” are often more dangerous than before, and cause drivers to be far more aware of the risks. Perhaps safety by promoting chaos?

And while on the subject of driving. Who’s bright idea was it to put lane markings on the lanes themselves at the junctions? Ever been unable to read them because there have been cars queued up on them? Like, d’oh.

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