The Road Ahead : December 2015
6 RACQLIVING.COM.AU news RACQ PRESIDENT NIGEL ALEXANDER VIEWPOINT WHEN I WAS a teenager, getting your driver’s licence was a rite of passage that most young people couldn’t wait to experience. That licence, and a set of wheels – borrowed or bought – meant the freedom to travel (without relying on parents) to work, the shops, a party, or just to hang out with friends. It’s not just the young who enjoy the mobility and independence a driver’s licence provides. For older Queenslanders, driving – even if it’s only to pick up the weekly groceries or go to a doctor’s appointment – represents freedom and not being a burden on family or friends. At our RACQ Gold 50 events – for members who have been with us for 50 or more years – we broach the subject of fitness to drive carefully. Because while older drivers are less likely to have a crash than new motorists, they are more likely to suffer serious injuries because of the physical fragility that comes with advancing years. But for some, it becomes obvious that for their safety and that of other road users, it is time to hang up the car keys. This is where families have an important role to play. We encourage them to talk to parents and other older family members about their ability to continue driving, whether it’s due to medical reasons or diminished capacity. If concerned, they should urge older drivers to see their GP. Handing over your licence can be seen as the end of your independence, but it doesn’t have to be. A number of transport options are available, including taxis, community shuttle buses and public transport. Many people are surprised to learn that these options can cost less than owning an infrequently used car. Seniors may also be eligible for discounted taxis and bus fares, and the Queensland Government has launched a new service for them to receive a free proof of identification card and partial refund after surrendering their licence. RACQ has produced a YouTube video titled When is it time to stop driving?, which can be viewed at http://goo.gl/ a5Etzh. And we also have a self-assessment tool on our website at racq.com so older drivers can check their own ability to drive. Lastly, let me extend to all RACQ members my best wishes for a joyous and peaceful festive season. Travel safely. RACQ PATRON: Paul de Jersey, AC, Governor of Queensland. RACQ BOARD: President & Chairman Nigel Alexander. Vice Pres. & Dep. Chairman Bronwyn Morris. Directors Fay Barker, Campbell Charlton, Tony Gambling, Arthur Gearon, Elizabeth Jameson, Stephen Maitland, Karl Morris. Group CEO Ian Gillespie. RACQ CONTACTS ROADSIDE HELP (24HRS) 13 1111 TTY (Impaired hearing) 3248 2074 HELP LINE (24HRS) INSURANCE (24 HRS) MEMBERSHIP (24HRS) + GENERAL ENQUIRIES 13 1905 VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ.COM EXECUTIVE MANAGER, PUBLISHING Jim Mathers EDITOR Lynda Schekoske JOURNALISTS Deb Eccleston Kerry Heaney GRAPHIC DESIGNER Brad Ferguson ENQUIRIES, CLASSIFIED ADS Lara Mewburn 07 3872 8653 DISPLAY & DIGITAL ADVERTISING Kelley Wiseman 07 3872 8640 ADDRESS PO BOX 4, Springwood, Queensland 4127 FAX 07 3257 1863 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHER The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd (ABN 72 009 716 465) CIRCULATION CAB: 886,739. Digital:164,000. COPYRIGHT No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the publisher’s written permission. CONTRIBUTORS The views expressed in The Road Ahead by external contributors are not necessarily those of the RACQ. ADVERTISING: All advertisements in The Road Ahead are the responsibility of advertisers. Advertising is accepted on the understanding that it does not contravene the Competition and Consumer Act. Responsibility is not accepted by The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd or the RACQ for statements made or the failure of any product or service to give satisfaction. Inclusion of an advertisement should not be construed as an endorsement by The Road Ahead or the RACQ. road ahead THE THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2015/JAN 2016 This product is made from sustainably managed forest and controlled sources. Recognised in Australia through the Australian Forestry Standard.
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