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    The 5 hook turns was a major question to get a Vic licence when I came to Oz in 1972. I thought it was weird at the time but at least it stopped most bingles at those intersections. The sergeant from Mordialloc Station who tested me warned me about the stupid give way to the right rule as well. "It's a big killer" he said.
    I used to think Vic drivers were bad until I came to WA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tins View Post
    Not anymore, Ian. Now it's every intersection in the CBD where trams cross, unless right turns are prohibited. Trams are God in Melb now.
    ah the power the tram drivers had with the little "ding, ding, ding" bell.


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    Hi,
    Had no idea about them when I went to Melbourne in '64 on a Vespa scooter. Yep the trams do go ding - ding - ding - and the police whistle goes pheeeeeet!
    Melbourne!
    Best viewed from the rear deck of the Spirit.
    Cheers

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    Bloody jeep drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Saitch View Post
    The Poms are a lot more polite on their R-A-Bs than Oz drivers. Well, they were when I was driving over there.
    Would agree with that although the down side is the traffic can come to a stop as everyone is letting everyone in to the road right of way or not

    The habits that get me are that they drive as far to the right of their lane as possible. Not uncommon for wheels to be over the centre line of the road. Think this is due to roads being narrow and lined with parked cars so easier to judge the drivers side of the car. The more you pull to the left the more they come across to your side of the road!!

    Took some time to understand that indicators are only used as a statement of intent. Not used in normal driving however on the odd occasion you see them make room as they are coming across regardless of other traffic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Farang View Post
    Hmm, and then there is this!

    That's nothing, we've got P-turns now:

    Introducing P-turns On Hoddle St - YouTube
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    Quote Originally Posted by V8Ian View Post
    That's only a handful of intersections in Melbourne's CBD.

    And cyclists are allowed to use them at any intersection - and I do, as it's way safer than trying to turn right across traffic or getting in the way of cars turning right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tins View Post
    When I got my licence it was one of the main questions they asked. There were five intersection with hook turns in those days. Hook turns are simple, and prevent right turning vehicles from impeding trams. I used to moonlight as a cabbie, and did them many times a day. However, it was always a hoot watching our country cousins when confronted with them.

    I was out at lunch one day about two years ago and there was a woman in a car with Qld number plates and a couple of kids and she was full-on panicking about how to turn right at Collins Street from Elizabeth Street so I did my best police-person impression and went onto Elizabeth Street and literally walked her through it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Farang View Post
    Hmm, and then there is this!

    better than a tram up your date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arapiles View Post
    I was out at lunch one day about two years ago and there was a woman in a car with Qld number plates and a couple of kids and she was full-on panicking about how to turn right at Collins Street from Elizabeth Street so I did my best police-person impression and went onto Elizabeth Street and literally walked her through it.
    must have been a hire car with locals in it....

    we don't panic.....

    rule No2.....DONT PANIC

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