PG said:Yes, I too am curious what goes through people's heads when they are holding up about 100 cars across 50 km of winding roads.
I think it comes down to the phenomenon of being 'incompetant and unaware'. It was the title of a psychological journal paper that got passed around the lab a few years ago at Uni. Basically, the more stupid you are, the less aware you are of your own stupidity. The paper analysed the results of students sitting an exam against their actual results, and found that the smart students tended to underestimate their own ability, while the dumber ones overestimated it.
When you apply this to a driving scenario, e.g. Great Ocean Road... the reason why a slow car holding up 45 cars won't use the parking bays... despite the fact that there are big signs saying 'Slow traffic please pull over'... is because they think they are right on the edge of adhesion and pushing the limit in a way that would shame Schumacher himself... and therefore anyone else trying to overtake them is clearly out of control and a deadly risk to society.
The other explanation of course, is that these people are just selfish arce holes.
Or a combination of both....
I have read the national road rules. There is no such law. Unless there is a local rule.ocker said:To pull aside and let more experienced drivers pass, is safer for the snow driver and everyone else, is common courtesy and the law.
CarveMan said:It may not be the law, but it's certainly courtesy and practiced by some (but of course not all) at Buller. We generally make good time up the hill but will always pull over for faster cars at the next safest opportunity.
wannaski said:Who want's to drive with a car right up their tail anyway- let them go past, less stress for everyone!
CarveMan said:wannaski said:Who want's to drive with a car right up their tail anyway- let them go past, less stress for everyone!
Unfortunately some drivers see being overtaken as an affront to their clearly superior vehicle and driving skills and will veil their not letting you past with a self-righteous 'safety message' which is ultimately crap.
VSG said:It has always been this way in mountain driving.
Teenagers, early 20 somethings, with way too much enthusiasm and very little consideration for others. The pursuit of speed and risk should be confined to the slopes but when you are young you don't see it that way.
Let them go. Don't try to block them or slow them up.
AstroSki66 said:I have read the national road rules. There is no such law. Unless there is a local rule.ocker said:To pull aside and let more experienced drivers pass, is safer for the snow driver and everyone else, is common courtesy and the law.
Patience and leaving with time to spare is the answer.
Just don't want some uneducated, coming up behind peeps, beeping horn, flashing lights, thinking they have the law on their side.CarveMan said:It may not be the law, but it's certainly courtesy and practiced by some (but of course not all) at Buller. We generally make good time up the hill but will always pull over for faster cars at the next safest opportunity.
main street said:Coming down from Hotham SIC I let several morons with death wishes pass.... happy to let them go too.
& ES and I were in her Merc coupe that was more than capable of holding its own.... but what would that achieve aside from having ES throw up all over me ?? (big night at the SIC dinner...)
qwill said:There is a real element of (unintentional?) humour in this thread. 30km of road, varying speed limits of 80, 60 and 40 km/h, so driving at the limit when you can might get you there a few minutes before someone rolling along 10 or so under the limit. Chill, slow down and enjoy the scenic drive instead of tailgating/beeping/flashing lights. geez.
You're missing the 'herd mentality' or 'driver auto-pilot effect'.
I think that some sign-posts along the road could to be helpful to suggest slow drivers to give way, which is non-existence on way to Falls.
New drivers including P-platers and tourists could benefit from this.
I gave way because I don't like the car behind real close to me, plus I like enjoying the view too.
gettingtooold said:I drive not too fast (or slow) Pulled over a couple of times with cars behind me and was surprised to find that few cars passed me and I was behind them in no time.