Sydney Vs. Melbourne Driving
I've lived in both Melbourne and Sydney and recently switched again! For the most part, everything is basically pretty similar, but I've noticed that the way people drive in Sydney vs. Melbourne is terribly different! Things I've noticed:
1) Sydney drivers just (on average) drive faster. If I'm on a Melbourne freeway, the average speed is probably around 95 - 96 for a speed limit of 100. If I set my cruise control at that speed, I don't get annoyed at people. Anything higher and people will just be blocking the way. In Sydney, I'd say it's more like 102 - 103 in the middle lane, with people regularly going at around 110 down the right lane.
2) Sydney drivers tend to jump into gaps much more frequently than Melbourne drivers. When I first moved from driving in Melbourne to driving in Sydney, this would always shock me, people just jump in out of nowhere. I've gotten used to it, though. I wouldn't say it's dangerous overall. I guess Melbourne drivers seem to be better mannered in that way.
3) Melbourne drivers are more sensitive. I feel like I get away with more in Sydney. In Melbourne, it seems like people honk at everything.
4) Melbourne has much lower speed limits on average, even though it has much better designed, wider and easier to drive roads. E.g. the Tullamarine Fwy from the Bolte Bridge to the Calder has a speed limit of 80, they're supposedly "trialling" 100, but it's one of the widest and straightest stretches of roads I've seen. Similarly, the Monash Fwy from High St to the tunnel. In Melbourne, all tunnels are 80, but 100 not uncommon in Sydney.
Probably plenty of other differences, but share your thoughts!