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POLL: What drives you crazy about CQ motorists?

IT doesn't matter where you go in Australia, each area would appear to have its own driving culture.

And if you don't drive the way they do, you could end up in an accident, or the brunt of road rage.

In Rockhampton, it would appear there is no rush to get anywhere... that is there are many motorists on the road that drive well under the speed limit, which annoys the motorists who can't stand dawdling.

I remember leaving Young, NSW, in my early 20s for a trip to Sydney and my mother talking about how she didn't like driving in Sydney.

In Sydney, the mentality is rush, rush, rush. You need to be a zippy driver to fit into the driving society the New South Wales capital.

Once I worked this mentality out, I felt comfortable driving from one end of Sydney to the other.

It was a far cry from the way my 90-year-old grandfather would drive when taking me from the family farm to the school bus stop in Munduberra. I think the skippies hopped faster than he drove.

Melbourne is similar to Sydney, but not so much rush. Adelaide is more like Rockhampton.

Whereas, Canberra spins you around and around. Even a driver with a good sense of direction can get lost in the Australian Capital Territory.

And then the ACT drivers head down the South Coast for weekends and summer holidays and it's mad house of a driver mentality. 

There is a windy road over the mountain where many accidents occur, and there is the stretch of highway from Bega up to Sydney that people think they can treat as if it is the Hume Highway (Melbourne to Sydney).

Townsville motorists have a mixed mentality. During peak hour, it's a rush mentality. Come Sunday, it's a 'driving Miss Daisy' mentality - at least it use to be about 10 years ago.

 

Kerri-Anne Mesner has driven around Australia, from Cairns to Goondawindi, to Young in New South Wales, Mt Gambier (South Australia) and Adelaide, across to Melbourne, to Bega  and Sydney and back up to Queensland's Brisbane and Central Queensland region since 1998.

Here are some of the comments The Bulletin readers had to say about driving behaviours in the region on Facebook earlier this week: 

Topics:  driving, racq, tailgating




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