Supermum asks why road rage is all the rage in Australia

Scenes of Cambodia. Picture: Sharyn O'Neill
Scenes of Cambodia. Picture: Sharyn O'Neill

It looked chaotic.

There were cars, trucks, tuk tuks, pushbikes and motorbikes all going this way and that, all weaving in together here, there and everywhere.

I expected there to be lots of horn tooting and road rage.

After all, there didn't appear to be any road rules being applied.

Once my Superman and I got in amongst that "chaos" I noticed it was in fact quite the opposite.

There was no road rage to be seen, not even impatient drivers pushing in.

What we saw was patience.

When traffic was turning or merging or going anywhere off the main stream of traffic, it was gently does it as all slowed down and worked their way through.

There weren't even indicators.

The reason I noticed it was because it was so different to home.

Well, except for the lack of indicators.

When was the last time you drove around Rockhampton and didn't notice any horn tooting, road rage or impatient drivers pushing in?

Exactly!

So what is the difference?

Do we have too many rules in Australia?

Do we have too many rules and not enough people know what they are?

Do we have too many rules but too many drivers think they are above the law?

Just this week in The Morning Bulletin we reported on one man threatening to stop development plans after he got a traffic fine for doing an illegal reverse out of a median strip park.

We have also had a number of comments in the SMS to the Editor about lane filtering after one reader incorrectly complained about motorbikes doing it. Yes, it is legal.

I won't even start on the court stories with drink drivers.

Australia might be more advanced when it comes to transport.

We have flasher cars and smoother roads.

There a family of five gets around on the one moped.

Here a family of three gets around in a large 4WD.

Street scene in Cambodia. Picture: Sharyn O'Neill.
Street scene in Cambodia. Picture: Sharyn O'Neill.

 

One thing they do have that we don't is courtesy to their fellow drivers.



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