Melbourne Traffic Congestion

In May 2014, the RACV/Leader Newspaper published the results of their “Redspot” membership survey into the worst traffic congestion areas in Melbourne.  Here they are:

  1. Murrumbeena Rd/Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena
    Melbourne’s busiest and worst railway crossing,
  2. Chandler Highway, between Heidelberg Rd Alphington to Princess St Kew
    Bottleneck
  3. Point Cook Rd via Princes Fwy to Dunnings Rd, Seabrook.
    Congestion
  4. Koornang Rd/Morton Ave, Carnegie
    Busy railway crossing
  5. Burke Rd between Monash Fwy and Malvern Rd, Glen Iris
    Congestion
  6. Forsyth Rd/Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing
    Congestion at T intersection.
  7. Clayton Rd/Carinish Rd, Clayton
    Another busy railway crossing.
  8. High St/Spring St/Cheddar Rd. Reservoir
    Complex railway crossing.
  9. Lower Heidelberg Rd/Banksia St/Burgundy St/Jika St, Heidelberg
    Congestion
  10. Gap Rd/Horne St, Sunbury
    Busy roundabout

Click here for detailed survery results and comments.

They are already suffering a greater punishment than any of us could administer with judgement.

rbftag.jpgIt’s the distractions which harm or kill us.  Consider the following:

The link between all these, is the distractions which occurred.

A study published in June 2002 titled “The Stressed Hippocampus, Synaptic Plasticity and Lost Memories” concludes in part

“Stress, a naturalistic factor that contributes to memory impairments, constitutes a significant problem in today’s increasingly populous and long-living society.”

Or to put it another way:

‘The important factors that keep showing up involve a combination of stress, emotion, lack of sleep and change in routine, where the basal ganglia is trying to do what it’s supposed to do, and the conscious mind is too weakened to resist. What happens is that the memory circuits in a vulnerable hippocampus literally get overwritten, like with a computer program. Unless the memory circuit is rebooted—such as if the child cries, or, you know, if the wife mentions the child in the back—it can entirely disappear.’
– Professor David Diamond in a March 2009 Washington Post article

What lessons can be learnt?

  1. Remember that making a mistaking or error can happen to anyone, including you.
  2. Tiredness is your enemy.  If you are tired, you are more likely to make a mistake.
  3. Be aware of distractions.  Eliminate distractions as much as possible.
  4. Use memory aides, or checklists, as needed.
    (I’m a great believer in “Remove Before Flight” streamers.

References:

The blog post title was borrowed from a post at On The Floor @Dove.

R4-2 speed derestriction sign

When I was growing up, there was a set of these signs on a country road just outside of town.  I always took it to mean that you could hoon along at any speed.
Unrestrict

What they actually meant was that you could travel at the upmost speed limit for the state (100 kp/h where I was).

At one time, before we got speed limits on the open road, they actually meant you can drive at any speed you wanted, provided it was safe to do so.  You don’t get to see these signs much anymore …

VicRoads Driving Test Routes.

Update 2016:
Note that these tests are up to 7 years old.  Use as a guide only.
What is here is what is here.  I don’t have any other testing routes.

(source: Whirlpool “On The Road” forum and Hienz Driving School)

Bundoora (March 2014)

Dandenong (2010)

Oakleigh South (Sept 2011)

Oakleigh South (Oct 2011)

Oakleigh South (Nov 2011)


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VicRoads Short Drive Test Information Video (2008)

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Victorian, Learner Drivers, Stages and getting 120 hours.

Vic-roads-logo I was on a course recently learning about how to supervise Learner Drivers.  Victorian Learner Drivers need 120 hours of supervised driving before they can graduate onto a Provisional Driver License.  Vicroads break the “learning to drive” into four stages:

Stage 1 – Controlling the car
Stage 2 – Driving on quiet low speed roads
Stage 3 – Complex driving situations
Stage 4 – Rehearsing solo driving

What they don’t widely publish is the breakdown of hours for each of the  stages.  But here they are:
Stage 1 – 0 to 20 hours
Stage 2 – 20 to 40 hours
Stage 3 – 40 to 75 hours
Stage 4 – 75 to 120 hours

No skid pans though.

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Spent part of today having a car driving instructor telling me how was my driving was.

It feel like I was doing a driving test all over again. The car was a dual control Ford Focus hatchback. For such a small car, the steering felt heavy. Seems to have a bit of Go! in it. (not that you can hoon with a driving instructor in the left seat). Did a circuit of the suburban streets in Diamond Creek.

45 minutes later, the feedback was:
“Good driving. For passenger comfort, you might want to brake a bit earlier coming into left hand turns.”

Testing the CrashCard, or … I had a car accident Friday night.

AE92 Corolla Sedan smashed tail lightSo I got to try out the CrashCard in a real situation.  No good deed goes unpunished and all that.

 Things I learnt from the accident:

  • The CrashCard does not include a field for “drivers home address”.
  • The police don’t really care about the accident unless someone is injured or one of the drivers was drug/alcohol impaired..
  • Damage to my car, rear taillight broken, right quarter panel damaged.  The other car? Bent number plate (the other car had a bull bar)
  • The time involved to get my car repaired is going to be    time-consuming.
  • Hopefully it wont be a “write off”.