The Road Ahead : October November 2008
you said it! ... SHARE YOUR VIEWS Some garages help I ’m in my eighties and I have never put petrol in my car myself. A friend put me onto a local service station run by an older gentleman. He had a young mechanic who would fi ll the car with petrol and check the tyres, oil and water. They moved and the garage (at Silkstone) was taken over by BP. The new people running the garage help in the same way. It’s good to know that in some places you can still get service. E. Biggs, Bundamba Everything costs more I am just an ordinary, family bloke, with the usual bills to pay. We are all affected by the rising price of fuel and I would be one of the biggest whingers. The other day I thought about the price of other items. We pay $3 to $4 for a couple of litres of milk; $4 to $8 for a glass of wine with a meal; $3.20 for a pot of beer; $10 or more for a go at the poker machines; $2.90 to cross a bridge and up to $28 for a kilo of meat. We don’t think twice about doing these things. We are going to have to change our way of thinking and accept it’s the way it’s going to be from now on. M. Prain, Tin Can Bay Drive slower, save more H as anyone considered lowering the speed limits on the highways from 100 to 90 help with petrol consumption? In the 1970s, when the energy crisis hit, the UK dropped the M1 speed limit to 50 mph (80 km/h) to help motorists conserve petrol. Not only did everyone save petrol and money, but it cut the road toll dramatically. y dilemma stems from a more technical issue. While visiting America last year, I noticed that many service stations provided a pay-at-the-pump credit card facility, so one can avoid having to go into the store itself to pay. What a wonderful option for young mothers, like myself, who can conveniently be on their merry way without having to get two young children out of their car seats and drag them into the store to pay for fuel. I recently emailed major service stations hoping to fi nd one that offers this service between Caboolture and Brisbane, but to no avail. The inconvenience remains due to a lack of forethought on behalf of those good folks who design service stations in the fi rst place. In this age of technology, we should be able to see an introduction of pay-at-the-pump credit card facilities. L. McDowell, Caboolture Editor: For writing this edition’s best letter, L. McDowell will receive a book pack, containing three books by Queensland author Colin Hooper, valued at $150. 34 OCT/NOV 08 I have tried it and I got much further on a tank of petrol than I thought. I realise trucks would take longer to deliver goods and say costs must rise, but wouldn’t the fuel saved offset that, as well as making our roads a little safer? J. Hastings, Arana Hills ust had my fi rst look at the electronic version of The Road Ahead. I found it to be just as good as the printed version and easy to access and read. The only drawback is having to take the laptop into the ‘reading room’ (the loo) and balance it while catching up with the latest motoring news. Online opens avenues J J. Stalling, Highfields agree with the letters which suggest that if you don’t speed you won’t get fi ned. However, from a road safety point of view, speeding is only relevant to the severity of a crash. Cameras do not address the multitude of other causes of crashes. A police presence does. Most people will tell you how driving manners improve when there is a police presence on the roads. A. Carter, Edens Landing Seeing is believing I Electric atmosphere I want an electric car and I want it now. Not a hybrid that has two propulsion systems to maintain and weigh itself down. I want a plug-in electric of the light variety. No power steering, airconditioning, heater etc. I mean really light, like motorcycle light. This is our future until battery technology and pricing gets more affordable. Improve service at service stations M Colin Hooper is an authority on Queensland’s deserted towns. His books contain a wealth of historical information and stories from the pioneering mining landscape. The pack contains Angor to Zillmanton, a chronicle of 520 deserted towns of North Queensland; Cooktown- Palmer, deserted town series Vol 1, which details the deserted towns in the Palmer River goldfi elds and the Cooktown tinfields and Mt Leyshon, which takes a look at Queensland’s second richest goldfield. Books are available from most bookstores, online at www.desertedtownsatoz.com or by writing to PO Box 5884, Townsville, Qld 4810.
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