Global Mod Team
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Congleton - The centre of
Re: Right of way
Doesn't quite work as simply as that though, does it? there are situations where, if people drove as you suggest, the result would be gridlock.
If you're in a traffic jam and someone is coming the other way and wants to turn right, would you refuse to let them across because it's your right of way? If everyone does they'll never get across, and what happens to the huge queue of traffic building up behind them?
You are right that people should think before automatically thinking the polite way is the best though. Who are they benefitting and who are they hindering? If to let one car across they have to slam their anchors on and nearly cause a pile-up behind them, that's probably a bad idea. If, on the other hand, by just not sticking like glue to the bumper of the car in front you can allow time to reduce other causes of congestion, why not?
There was a woman the other day who supported your argument - decided to stop and let a van out of a side road. Except to do so she had to stop where the road narrowed to one lane, so she was blocking it in both directions, and the van couldn't go anywhere yet anyway, as the car in front of her hadn't cleared the side road. She should have continued, even though it meant blocking the van in, allowing the main(er) road to run normally.
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