Why are there so many terrible drivers in Chch? Page 1 / 2

i cant believe they are allowed to drive legally. they drive terribly and are very angry at others.


metaller, Jun 13, 4:14 am

You never driven in Auckland?


craftylady1, Jun 13, 4:17 am

i dont drive period


metaller, Jun 13, 4:23 am



Dead right!


bratpack06, Jun 13, 4:48 am

I can't believe the amount of elderly who are still allowed to drive ! Driving home yesterday down Yaldhurst Road bout 2.30 & old guy in front was doing 40 in a 60 zone BUT he kept "drifting " & at times was in the two lanes ! I was so worried he would side swipe another car


lyndad59, Jun 13, 5:07 am



If you were a driver as opposed to a passenger, you might have a bit more understanding of why some drivers get a little bit 'tense', with the road conditions and navigational challenges around here!

Christchurch does have a bit of a rep, but truly I find drivers more likely to allow people in, merge, and allow people to cross lines when they wish to get out to the other side than they used to. On the other hand, the orange/red light running has got truly appalling. And yes, tempers can get a little bit on the frayed side.

There are good drivers and bad drivers and angry drivers everywhere. Certainly in New Zealand.


mbos, Jun 13, 5:44 am

the terrifying thing is that they are so bad that they don't even know it. they are completely ignorant of both the rules and basic judgement. this is NZ wide, not just ChCh.


jonners2013, Jun 13, 5:52 am

I was able to reduce my stress levels considerably by canning the car and riding the bicycle. Very relaxing.
I have noticed that there is a lot of red light running going on. I havn't seen that many people on cellphones lately though.


tygertung, Jun 13, 6:03 am



That is my current total wind-up - and how many dunderheads and sapskulls seem to think that texting either doesn't count or isn't noticed!


mbos, Jun 13, 6:07 am

rolling through stop signs is the norm rather than an exception. same for drifting over the centre line.


jonners2013, Jun 13, 6:13 am

The drivers which you speak of are all from outta town


starskey, Jun 13, 6:43 am



why are you moaning then, gosh we go to Auckland at least once a year and the drivers up there are shocking, doesn't matter where you are in the world you will see bad drivers, so why did you even start this thread,


kids4ever, Jun 13, 10:17 am



thats when you should have rang star555 and told the cops, he could have had a health problem, best not to jump to conclusions when it may have been a real reason for it. Same thing happened to me some time ago, I thought I had pulled over on a motorway as I felt ill, some nice person did stop and rang for ambo, I was having a stroke, and I thought I had pulled over to side of road but I actually stopped in the middle of the road, I thank god I didn't kill someone, and the couple that stopped told my daughter that I was all over the road, and they felt something was really wrong, so I myself would never think or presume about a driver doing that, so as said ring star555, you may save a life,cheers


kids4ever, Jun 13, 10:25 am

No I don't think so ,he had his little wife sitting beside him ! I followed him for quite a while & it just seemed to be the way he drove !


lyndad59, Jun 13, 10:43 am



White hatchback? One elderly man went straight through a red light and almost hit me. If I was 2 seconds quicker to the intersection then he would have run right in to me.

I'm going to buy a dash cam.


stevexc, Jun 13, 7:43 pm


That's right, it's the tourist drivers! I forgot about that. All locals are excellent drivers, it's those pesky tourists we have to worry about.


jonners2013, Jun 13, 8:46 pm

I almost got cleaned up by a Cop yesterday.

He turned right at a round a bout. Problem is that he didn't indicate. He also cut off a driver entering the round a bout from his left. I could see him the whole time, he never even looked or slowed down.

He slammed his skids on just before he hit me. Then the arrogant prick decided to pull me up. He tried to write me a ticket for reckless driving.

He wouldn't call his supervisor so I called 111.

If he had have written out that ticket, I would have had to go to court to defend myself at a greater cost than the ticket.

I'm glad the car behind me stopped to witness or it would have been my word against his and they look after their own.


digga7, Jun 13, 10:23 pm

Personal bugbears:
Lack of indication, particularly when changing lanes and merging and on leaving a roundabout.
Speeding up to try and merge ahead of the car in front of them in the other lane.
Drivers overtaking in intersections and roundabouts. This has happened to me several times in the last year or so, never beforehand. Shits inducing.

One of the truck drivers at my work tells daily stories of lunacy on the streets; at times he's arrived shaking after a delivery. Always calls *555 if he can. I have to say he has helped me improve my own bad driving habits! Of which I like to think, like many people, that I have very few ;)

I admit I sometimes run an orange light. There is a busy intersection on my way to work where the green turning arrow often has a 2 second flash (I've timed it!) and a two minute wait for the next one. At these times the light is always red by the time a truck and trailer has completely entered the intersection.

In my limited experience, I've been impressed by drivers in Nelson.


rua69, Jun 13, 11:16 pm


Any vehicle entering a roundabout must give way to any vehicle on it.

You can't be telling this story right.


astrophe, Jun 13, 11:20 pm

Tailgating is my gripe ??


kiwitel, Jun 13, 11:27 pm

I initiated a new procedure the other day for dealing with tailgaters.
There was someone following me very closely and they didn't appear to back off at all. I slowed down a bit as it was unsafe how close they were following. Once I reached 30 kmh I just touched the brake with my foot to activate the lights then ripped up the handbrake. This doesn't slow the car very much but it has the appearance of slowing the car as the back wheels are locked. Locked wheels have very little traction so it doesn't slow up the car very much at all however it has the sound and appearance that the car is having a rapid reduction in speed.
This appeared to startle the car behind and they then backed off consderably, maybe 200 metres!


tygertung, Jun 13, 11:36 pm

Poor move all right. They might have assumed the cop was leaving the roundabout. So many people don't indicate when they do this that it's nearly a given. Me, I'll wait and see, even to the tooting consternation of a queue behind me!


rua69, Jun 13, 11:36 pm


and that's exactly the problem. the entire design of a roundabout is so that you don't need to come to a complete stop to check for traffic. but because everyone thinks they're too important to need to indicate, the whole system stops working as it should.

it all comes down to the fact that most people are selfish a*seholes.


jonners2013, Jun 14, 12:24 am



No, that's not the problem (first response to this). That's RIGHT.

Never rely on indicators. Always ensure you know exactly where a vehicle is going before you proceed into an otherwise-collision route.


astrophe, Jun 14, 12:26 am

no i dont understand it at all,when traffic light is green and im walking on the pedestrian crossing then some drivers shout at me for crossing the street.!


metaller, Jun 14, 2:29 am

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