The Road Ahead Sampler : October 2014
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 49 DRIVE NEWS | MOTORING OCT/NOV 2014 THE ROAD AHEAD FAQS ABOUT ROAD RULES WITH RACQ'S SENIOR ROAD SAFETY ADVISOR JOEL TUCKER STAY OFF THE TRACKS Q: Can I drive on a tramway? A: No, unless it's to avoid an obstruction. A tramway is marked with two continuous yellow lines to the left hand side of the tracks, and a Tram Only and End Tram Only sign where the tramway begins and finishes. They can also be 'built up' with kerbing or a raised surface to separate them from other traffic. Where tramways can be crossed at an intersection or to enter/leave the road, the yellow lines will be broken and the surface will be at the same level as the road. Motorists must not move into the path of an approaching tram or bus travelling on a tramway. HIGHS AND LOWS Q: When should I dip my high beam headlights? A: Drivers must not use high beam headlights if they are driving less than 200m behind a vehicle travelling in the same direction, or within 200m of an oncoming vehicle. Drivers must be careful not to dazzle other road users with their vehicle's lights. Driving with hearing impairment WHILE DRIVING IS primarily a visual pursuit, we use a mix of our senses to drive. So, what is the effect of hearing loss on driving? According to the Austroads Assessing Fitness to Drive guidelines, hearing loss doesn't appear to affect a person's ability to drive safely. However, while hearing loss is not considered to inhibit driving a private vehicle, commercial vehicle drivers are required to meet a hearing standard, due to the additional safety considerations when driving larger vehicles. Brett Casey, a deaf driver and CEO for Deaf Services Queensland, says people in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community are often asked if they are able to drive and the answer is ultimately 'yes'. "People living with hearing loss will use their peripheral vision more and pay greater attention to the behaviour of other motorists so they respond to situations appropriately." RACQ Senior Road Safety Advisor Joel Tucker said that any driver with hearing loss should talk to their doctor to have their individual needs assessed. "A motorist's doctor might suggest personal modifications, such as ensuring they use a hearing aid while driving, or to put extra mirrors on the car," Mr Tucker said. SCIENCE FICTION NOT FACT ... YET DRIVING OUR FUTURE WITH GENEVIEVE GRAVES WHAT OUR TRANSPORT landscape will be like in 2030 is a mystery. Forty years ago we might have thought that, by now, we'd be flying around in little collapsible capsules like in the Jetsons, or possibly even StarTrek's transporter where people were beamed from one platform to the next. While science fiction may be the art of the possible, we haven't quite got there yet. At RACQ we're aiming to give you a hint of some of our future possibilities through Driving Our Future. Mobility is our business -- getting people to where they want and need to be. We know that in 2030 we'll still have cars and they will still be fun -- and safer. Some of them will look different and will be powered differently. There will also be other ways of getting around. Driving Our Future is our crystal-ball gazing that looks at trends in mobility through vehicle technology and user needs. It is focussed on what is happening in research and planning, and how we can be more energy efficient in our transport choices. It also includes some demonstrations of new technology, such as our latest electric vehicle, the Holden Volt. Our members will benefit as we show them how they can get the best from their vehicles and make good transport choices. Demonstrating the latest technology was the focus of Driving Our Future at RACQ MotorFest in July. We had vehicles on display, including the luxurious hybrid Lexus IS300H, the plug-in hybrid Outlander, our electric Volt with its petrol range extender, and a solar car. In coming articles in The Road Ahead, we will cover issues connected with buying cars, saving fuel, cycling and new technologies that will change our mobility options in the future. We'll also have fact sheets, YouTube videos, and our policies and submissions on mobility, as well as opportunities for your feedback. Perhaps the most important role in Driving Our Future is RACQ advising government how it should support future mobility. We will continue doing this in areas such as fuel standards and improved public transport, and better facilities for bikes and mobility scooters. While it won't be about transporter landing bays yet, you never know what we might be advocating in 2030.