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    Flush Medians

    I often notice people that are turning right not using a Flush Median prior to the turn area where the little box and arrow is. It is expected that you do use these but only from about 30 to 40 metres from the intersection...you cannot use as a travel lane, you cannot use to overtake a moving vehicle unless it is a pushbike but you can overtake a stationery vehicle. It is expected you indicate out and back in again especially when doing a licence test. Imigrants from some countries struggle with this rule as in their own countries you must stay away from hatched areas. Saw some old comments on hints to pass Restricted or Full Tests and one thing that was missed was the requirement to perform Head Checks or what ever you call them, Blind Spot or Shoulder checks...all same thing but very important in any merging situation.... I am definitely getting cabin fever but do use bike to go to shops chemist etc...a bit of wind is better than no wind unless you are breaking wind in a small room....LOL
    Fingers crossed we will be back out there soon....If its good enough for David Dipshit from Health Ministry to ride his mountain bike off road should be OK for us....but then we are not as important as he thinks he is

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    I have had a couple of moments using flush medians to turn right into a driveway when someone coming the other moved onto the median. Also had an accident a few years ago when I was passing a line of stationary traffic to turn right and a car pulled out of a driveway through a gap in the cars straight into my car. Very pleased I wasn't on the bike that day!

    I am very careful using them even when right turn lanes are marked.

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    Interesting to note that in many countries of the world it's actually illegal to drive on painted medians.

    Quite a few Brits I know don't use them, even when it's legal to do so here.

    I know the rules inside out, but I still favor caution over using them, if the risk outweighs the reward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rastuscat View Post
    Interesting to note that in many countries of the world it's actually illegal to drive on painted medians.

    Quite a few Brits I know don't use them, even when it's legal to do so here.

    I know the rules inside out, but I still favor caution over using them, if the risk outweighs the reward.
    That's curious Rastus as in the UK Highway Code you can use medians provided it is 'Safe and necessary' though they must have a broken border line if memory serves. They are often used in the UK providing you don't take liberties when doing so.

    The best NZ example I can think of is Lake Road heading out of Devonport which has medians along much of it. I've been guilty of using the median area to overtake slow/er moving traffic (Of which there's normally plenty) when on two wheels. Having said that if there's a gap in the traffic for no obvious reason then I exercise caution. I had a colleague knocked off his E-bike along there when a car pulled out to cross the road - The gap had been left by a car in the queue...
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    Is that what those marks on the road are for? Damn...I always thought a "flush median" was something to do with the amount of water released by a toilet cistern.
    Could explain a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Boy View Post
    That's curious Rastus as in the UK Highway Code you can use medians provided it is 'Safe and necessary' though they must have a broken border line if memory serves. They are often used in the UK providing you don't take liberties when doing so.

    The best NZ example I can think of is Lake Road heading out of Devonport which has medians along much of it. I've been guilty of using the median area to overtake slow/er moving traffic (Of which there's normally plenty) when on two wheels. Having said that if there's a gap in the traffic for no obvious reason then I exercise caution. I had a colleague knocked off his E-bike along there when a car pulled out to cross the road - The gap had been left by a car in the queue...
    If there's a gap in a queue of cars, there is almost always a reason.

    It's normally Derek Decent Bloke waving his hand to someone that it's okay to pull into or out of a driveway.

    With little regard for someone coming down the outside or inside of the queue he is in.

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