After living in the UK for some time upon returning to Australia I realised how much visual garbage we are assaulted with whilst driving on our roads. It seems that every 100 meters we have a sign purporting to be useful but in reality creating a distraction from the road and reducing the impact of important signage.
The best example I have seen of this is driving along a spit on the Sydney north shore. The main road up the spit is sign posted at 70kph. All along this road there are side streets that are about 100 metres long terminating at the beach. Guess what signs they have posted on every one of these streets? Yep, 50 kph speed limit signs! Let me repeat. These roads are 100 meters long and lead no where!
The other thing that winds me up is the reduced speed road works signs that are left up over weekends, when the MRD is not even working on that road or which start 5kms before the road works start. If the police expect us to respect these limits then they should only be posted when they are required.
Lastly, before I get off my soap box, if road saftey is the number 1 priority then all possible destractions should be reduced if possible. Why then are advertising bill boards allowed in urban areas? Their main aim is to distract the driver into reading them. Isn't this going against the road saftey message? Not that it affects me, my eyes are too fixed on my speedometer making sure that I don't go 1km over the limit to worry about whats happening on the road!
The car I wish I had in the garage :-(