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#1 newkie

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:40 PM

I'm having trouble getting my head around the new variable speed limit signs we have in Hobart now. Specifically the ones on the approach to the city, that I have to go through to take DH to work in the mornings mellow.gif This morning I found that I was instructed to drive at 60km in the right hand lane of a two lane highway, of which at that time there was no other traffic to speak of, where 2 weeks ago I was doing 110km in that same spot (at that same time), we were then taken down to 50 shortly after (in a 70 zone), and the traffic was still negligible.

I'm assuming, seeing as Tassie is usually the last to get everything, that there are places on the mainland with these variable speed limit signs, do you just get used to them? I'm feeling put out that I'm now no longer able to use my own judgement of the traffic situation to vary my speed accordingly. I also feel slightly anxious on the approach to them, as it feels like they can change at any moment and I'll be caught out.

It's certainly making me rethink dropping DH at work in the mornings, I think maybe he should catch the bus ph34r.gif

#2 *LucyE*

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:44 PM

SE Qld here and I have never seen them vary so much. The most is usually a 20km/h difference.

#3 newkie

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:56 PM

See 20km below what the normal zone is, is fine, and what I expected, but I was seriously baffled this morning at the 60 in the old 110 zone.

I'd really like to know if there is any evidence to show that they reduce car accidents or not. I drove past 2 rear enders in the variable zone on Wednesday, so I guess I'm not the only one not used to them.

#4 flopsy

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:14 PM

Are you talking about the neon type signs that can have a different speed limit posted depending on the conditions etc?

#5 TinMan

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:24 PM

Are there any night road works on that stretch of road and they just haven't switched over yet to the daytime speed?

#6 newkie

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

They look like this: Signs

Surely someone else here gets annoyed at them? Or are they not as common as I thought they must be?

#7 greatwon2

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:28 PM

geez, hope these stay down south they sound confusing as all get out. I've never heard of it before and didn't hear anything about them going in anywhere in Tas , which is a wonder as we seem to like to have a winge about everything new latley lol

#8 newkie

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

Nope, no night time works anywhere near it. And whilst looking for that photo, I found a newspaper article saying the limit can be reduced down to 40km in that area. Thankfully, it's usually only at peak times, and usually only on the approach to the bridge, but I still don't like them.

#9 newkie

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

laughing2.gif I am having a bit of a whinge, aren't I?

#10 Luxe

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

I've seen them about Melbourne, mostly to indicate the 40km zones and the variable speeds on the freeways (westgate bridge and monash etc). Feels normal to me but then you get more speed changes in the city than the country.

#11 Bluemakede

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

We have them in Brisbane, but the ones here they don't change often at all, even driving during really bad storms they don't put the speed down. They seem to only reduce them for road works.

But you do get used to the speed changing, the outside ring of the sign flash here when they are reduced so easy to know when the speed has changed.

#12 greatwon2

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:39 PM

oh no, i didn't mean you were winging lol I've just been reading an awful lot of the comments on news articles recently , its gotten quite amusing how every new development/ idea is apparently a bad thing either for the taxpayer or the environment or goodness knows what else (might just be a northern thing tho lol )  

Tho then again , I was complaining about your variable signs and I've never even layed eyes on them biggrin.gif

#13 Lyn29

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:42 PM

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Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:28 PM.


#14 blackcat20

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:53 PM

As a PP said, we have them here in Melbourne and have had for a while. The school zone ones are good, saves the watch-checking (plus I dont have kids, half the time I have no idea if its a school day). The freeway ones are a pain; so sick of doing 80 on a perfectly good four-lane freeway.

#15 Silver Girl

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

They aren't uncommon in Melbourne.

I just obey them and don't have an issue with them to be honest.

#16 The Old Feral

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

QUOTE (Silver Girl @ 08/02/2013, 10:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
They aren't uncommon in Melbourne.

I just obey them and don't have an issue with them to be honest.


Same here.  Sometimes I wonder why the limit is what it is for a particular stretch of road where I feel it would be safe to go faster.... But hardly such a biggie I'd want to stop driving!

#17 Crinkle cut

Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:55 AM

They confuse me a little and I find them harder to read than the non-lit up ones.  Last time I was coming home on the gateway it seemed to keep going from 80 to 100 every other sign.  I was worried I'd be p*ssing off otther motorists slowing down all the time, worried I'd miss one that said 100 and be going too slow for the surrounding traffic, worried I'd miss one that said 80 and get a fine.

#18 Crinkle cut

Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:55 AM

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Edited by ~maryanne~, 09 February 2013 - 06:55 AM.





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