to think if u get in the wrong lane u should stay in it!

(39 Posts)
Flojo1979 Fri 09-Nov-12 13:44:47

Why do some drivers think its ok, to stop and sit there waiting and holding up all the traffic til the lights turn red again just because they are in the wrong lane?
AIBU to think if u get in the wrong lane and u can't immediately get out of it, u should commit to it and find somewhere to turn round where u aren't in everyone's way?

OldLadyKnowsNothing Fri 09-Nov-12 13:46:07

And get hopelessly lost in a strange city?

mrskeithrichards Fri 09-Nov-12 13:46:17

It happens. The people in the lane they were trying to get in should have just let them in.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 09-Nov-12 13:47:05


Nobody's perfect and everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Is it really that hard to let someone who has clearly made a mistake not the right lane? Also, in traffic it can be very hard to know which is the right lane if the only signs are road markings.

FreddyMcKruger Fri 09-Nov-12 13:47:59

Unless someone is being particularly rude by trying to cut in then I'd assume that they aren't sure where they are going and I would let them in, we've all done it.

WileyRoadRunner Fri 09-Nov-12 13:48:07


What's wrong with someone being sensible and letting them in to avoid holding up the traffic?


Blu Fri 09-Nov-12 13:48:23

Especially if you are in a Turn R only lane and deliberately zoomed down to the front in order to push in at the front of the 'straight ahead' lane.

But it depends on circumstances.

flowery Fri 09-Nov-12 13:48:27

'U' ABU. It happens to all of us at some point, driving somewhere we don't know. Most considerate drivers let people in who are obviously in the wrong lane. I always try to and am grateful when people let me in rather than force me to go elsewhere. A lorry flashed to let me change lanes yesterday which was very kind.

SoupDragon Fri 09-Nov-12 13:50:11

You are unreasonable purely because of your use of "u" instead of you. Are you 12?

Couldn't be arsed to read the rest as it was probably pointless.

trixymalixy Fri 09-Nov-12 13:51:20

YABU, what if the wrong lane ended up in a motorway and the only chance to turn around is miles away. Have you never ended up in the wrong lane by mistake OP driving somewhere you don't know?

Unless they are taking the piss and in the wrong lane to try and skip the queue then people should be sympathetic enough to let drivers in the wrong lane in.

SonOfAradia Fri 09-Nov-12 13:51:41


Everyone makes mistakes as junctions are sometimes badly marked or signposted. For example you can end up in a right-hand only turn lane at traffic lights if the traffic is so heavy that you can't see the arrow marks on the road until it's too late. Let them in, FFS.

If everyone was considerate of other road users, then there'd be a damn sight fewer accidents.

WineGoggles Fri 09-Nov-12 13:54:57

YABU. People make mistakes, especially in places they're not familiar with, and it would be nice for others to let them in wouldn't it.

missymoomoomee Fri 09-Nov-12 13:57:26

YABU everyone makes the odd mistake evey now and then, like mis-spelling the word 'you' confused

FreudianLisp Fri 09-Nov-12 13:58:25

YABU. I hope you're not this mean in other situations.

mamij Fri 09-Nov-12 14:00:26

YABU I'm afraid!

People may be in an unfamiliar place, cars could be covering up road markings, drivers could genuinely be lost. I've been guilty of it before and by the time I've noticed it's too late!

I'm in a minority but I think YANBU. Obviously people should let you in if you're in the wrong lane and it drives me mad when idiots pretend not to notice someone frantically signalling to be let in.

But it is stupid and dangerous to stop on a green light just because you want to be in the other lane.

EuroShagmore Fri 09-Nov-12 14:02:07

YABU. Just let them in (if you can). At unfamiliar junctions with queues of traffic, it's impossible to read the arrow lane markings. You can make a guess as to the correct lane, but it's not always going to be right. Unless they are doing it to queue jump, in which case they can f* right off.

Fakebook Fri 09-Nov-12 14:02:11

YABU. You can't stay in a wrong lane; what if it leads on to the motorway?! Drivers should be courteous to other drivers and give way.

You can be horrible to cyclists though, because they're rude, entitled road users. <adds fuel to the fire>

mutny Fri 09-Nov-12 14:02:21

Yabu, surely driving as a whole would be better if propel helped each other out.

When I see this I don't get annoyed at the one blocking the lane but the bunch of twats refusing to let them in.

maddening Fri 09-Nov-12 14:03:30

Depends whether they can turn around further on - some city one way systems are a nightmare.

I think more overhead signage - like on motorways which have a sign above stating which lane does what would help.

2cats2many Fri 09-Nov-12 14:04:59

YABU. Ive sometimes got in the wrong lane because I don't know the area I'm driving in. Some road markings are very confusing. Thank goodness everyone doesn't have your attitude.

Kingcyrolophosarus Fri 09-Nov-12 14:05:18

Seriously sometimes road signs and road markings are really crap
Yabu, there's enough unreasonable road rage out there. Have a bit if patience

ClippedPhoenix Fri 09-Nov-12 14:07:10


Ive done it on non familiar roads, it's scary to discover you're in the wrong lane. Happens to us all. Let them out, it's no skin off your nose.

Jusfloatingby Fri 09-Nov-12 14:07:21

It depends. If someone is in the wrong lane and desperately indicating to move into the correct one and no one will let him in then it is those drivers who abu.

If someone though is in a situation where they realise they're in a green arrow lane, there's no option of pushing into the next lane because their light is still red and there's a queue of cars behind them they should just turn and then do a u turn whenever possible.

Procrasstinator Fri 09-Nov-12 14:34:36

Completely disagree with you and agree with everyone else. It's no hardship to give way to someone if they have clearly made a mistake and need to change lane

Flojo1979 Fri 09-Nov-12 14:34:59

Sorry I wasnt the one not letting them back in, I was the one stuck behind, and those lights take ages to go green again! If I was in the wrong lane, I'd try and swap, but if I couldn't I'd keep moving til I could safely pull up and turn round, not hold everyone up!
Besides, I'm convinced this guy was just trying to jump the que anyway, as I was in the turn right lane and he had bypassed about a dozen cars.

TartyMcTart Fri 09-Nov-12 14:39:17

Completely agree with you OP. Why can't people who are lost just get on with it and find a suitable place to turn around and get their bearings.

We've all done it, got in the wrong lane and panicked. The difference is that some of us just manage to sort ourselves out and others hold up the traffic / cut other drivers up / and generally faff around until they're where they want to be angry

Flojo1979 Fri 09-Nov-12 14:40:24

And yes I am 12 I wish! why don't you be a love and pop along to the posh words thread, you'll fit in perfectly there.
U pedantic bugger person.

Flojo1979 Fri 09-Nov-12 14:41:24

Not u tarty ! u agree with me so I like u!

RudolphUcker Fri 09-Nov-12 14:44:05

Didn't there used to be something in the Talk Guidelines about textspeak?
Or was it all a beautiful dream?

I like that beautiful dream. Can we have it back, please?

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 09-Nov-12 14:48:55


Nancy66 Fri 09-Nov-12 14:49:40

there's a stretch of road on the A23 where I ALWAYS bloody get in the wrong lane. it's not until it's too late that you realise the lane becomes a right hand filter.. a lot of roads are like that.

maddening Fri 09-Nov-12 14:50:54

I had a couple come to a sudden stop on a roundabout and had to emergency brake to avoid a collision. I did beep. Then when we drew level at the next lights the woman in the passenger seat was shouting "haven't you ever been lost" to which I explained that yes but you tend to pull over at a safe place rather than stopping dead in the road!

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 09-Nov-12 14:51:43

YANBU...exactly. There's a road near where I live where the left lane has to turn left and the right hand lane goes straight on. Lots of people try and cut in there. Invariably I don't let them in because the road markings are really clear.

Other places I will let people in though. except the wankers who are obviously only in the wrong lane to try and get ahead of the queue

dontcallmehon Fri 09-Nov-12 14:52:35

I think if you're obstructing someone/dangerous - then you should just carry on. However if you need to change lanes in normal circumstances, I think people should be courteous and let you in.

YABU. Although I would just keep going and get hopelessly losth, shouldn't need to.
Agree with everyone else who said other people should just let them in.

The other day I was driving into town and saw someone accidently go into the bus lane (it suddenly changes, and if you don't know the area can be a surprise) they were indicating to try and get out and no bugger would let them over (I did) <polishes halo>

Some people are just rude.

Actually, I think you may be reasonable. I can understand what everyone else says about someone being lost in a strange city, but I see the same bloody cars doing this every day, ooh I'll just drive up the turn right lane and indicate left and sit there blocking the turning traffic because I'm far better than these mugs who are waiting patiently in the straight on lane.

Jusfloatingby Fri 09-Nov-12 15:01:19

What's even more annoying is when you're trying to change lane, you finally get a gap and start to move over and some bastard deliberately speeds up and closes the gap. I mean, what is going through their heads when they do that??

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