The Road Ahead : February March 2015
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 16 THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2015 HAVE YOUR SAY: EMAIL ROADAHEAD@RACQ.COM.AU. FAX 3257 1863. MAIL THE ROAD AHEAD, P.O. BOX 4, SPRINGWOOD, QLD 4127. PLEASE INCLUDE NAME AND ADDRESS. LETTERS WILL NOT RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL REPLY AND SHOULD BE NO MORE THAN 120 WORDS. KNOW THE RULES Reading Have Your Say (Dec 2014/Jan 2015) was painful. The lack of knowledge about the 'keep left' rule shows exactly why we have an issue on the roads. On my recent trip to the US, everyone knew when to be in what lane and how fast they should go. Drivers were very patient with me, as a tourist, but no such respect is shown on Australian roads. As for passing cyclists, the letter's author said it all in brackets: "when safe". If it is not safe, there is no 'recipe for disaster' other than what the impatient passing road user creates. Everyone, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists (and I'm all of these), should have a more than basic understanding of the traffic regulations. S. HARRISON, ALBANY CREEK PET HATES My pet hates are: 1. Drivers who think they have the God-given right to indicate -- occasionally -- and immediately change lanes, without first looking to see if there is sufficient space between cars. 2. Cyclists who continue to disdainfully charge along footpaths and at risk to pedestrians; ride on wrong side of the road; have no headlights or tail lights on their bikes. V. HASELICH, NORTH IPSWICH OVER-EXPOSED As a long-term volunteer with the Cancer Council Queensland I was encouraged to read the article about skin cancer in the Dec 2014/Jan 2015 edition. But the photo was disappointingly inappropriate -- so much skin exposed and the wrong colour. Light colours reflect UV onto the skin. A. JOHNSTON, CLONTARF BEACH FANTASTIC SERVICE I have been an RACQ member for 50 years and never used the service. Last August I was invited to do a trip from Mackay to Bussleton WA in vintage cars, as I have a 1935 Chevrolet and camper trailer. I had a motor problem at Ravensthorpe and had to be taken to Albany. I would like to thank the staff at RACQ: they were fantastic, organised towing, van parking and car hire. Anyone down Albany way who needs help should use Terry at Westerberg Towing Services, Greg at CarSmart, and Fritz at Star Auto Parts. The service was fantastic. J. PARFITT, MACKAY editor's note GREAT MILESTONES THE PREVIEW OF our anniversary celebrations in the last edition prompted letters from RACQ members who happily reminisced about their association with the Club (see page 34). They triggered personal recollections of The Road Ahead. As a 1950s baby boomer, my childhood included the excitement of returning from school to find the postie had delivered The Road Ahead that day. It was a highlight for someone who loved reading. But times were simpler and, in our household, the budget didn't extend to many new books, the library was a bus trip away, and anything that was 'free' and delivered to home was a bonus. Each edition was kept until the next arrived, when dog-eared, it would be consigned to the paper bin. Some things, it seems, don't change much at all. Our research shows today's members keep The Road Ahead magazine for an average of 34 days. Our team has had a lot of fun unearthing the facts, figures and amusing stories from past editions for our anniversary feature, and we trust you enjoy it. In every edition this year, we'll have more articles from the archives and a travel prize worth $7500. Lynda Schekoske In a vacuum Back burning, neck aching, you swear you will never let things get this bad again. No accessory nozzle quite fits. Lint doesn't lift but seat cover ties happily get sucked up. Legs cramp so you painfully unfurl and trip over the machine as you squeeze between the front and back seat, again promising the next one will have four doors. Sweaty, angry, sore, you look sadly at the stubborn sand that remains held in that Velcro-like carpet, not to mention the crumbs, coins, and old band-aids that live between the gear stick housing and the seats. Please, please, will car manufacturers put in carpet that easily gives up its treasures, and vacuum cleaner designers make nozzles that fit all crevices, and can discriminate between earrings and leaves. L. BURGESS, CANNON HILL NEWS | HAVE YOUR SAY VALE RON GRAY RACQ'S longest continuously serving board member, Mr Ron Gray, died in early January at Emu Park. A Rockhampton consulting engineer, Mr Gray represented the Central Queensland Zone from 1972 to his retirement in May 2006. He was President and Chairman from 2002 to 2005, when the Club celebrated its centenary, and took pride in maintaining the strong traditions of quality service on which the RACQ was built. Innovative programs such as free2go and Show Your Card & Save were introduced during his presidency. Known as a true gentleman, Mr Gray was extended Honorary Life Membership for his long and loyal service to the Club in 1992.
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