The Road Ahead : December January 2009
recognised hand signals to indicate ‘sorry’. I wonder if the RACQ could promote this idea. Perhaps your readers could suggest a suitable gesture. It may help to diffuse emotions on our roads. M. Fong, Robertson ecently we travelled from the Gold Coast to the central coast of NSW and were amazed at the improvements that have been made or are being made to the Pacifi c Highway. We were really impressed with the number of rest areas. We tow a caravan and found these rest areas very convenient, as they had large parking areas, toilets and water. Tiredness causes many road crashes, so why can’t we have more facilities like this in Queensland? You can travel virtually from the Gold Coast to Gympie without seeing a rest area. L. Buchanan, Elanora Rest impresses R Daihatsu Terios. Crossing the Simpson M y husband and I recently completed the French Line crossing of the Simpson Desert in my seven-year-old No amount of research before the trip was able to confi rm the crossing having been done before in such a vehicle. People we asked before we left generally seemed hesitant to say we could do it. Most concerns related to clearance. A trial run at Rainbow Beach and lots of advice from friends who had done the trip a few years ago ensured the crossing went without a hitch, apart from bogging in the clay after unexpected rain at Dalhousie Springs. After three days and nights on the track, we were crossing Big Red with an ease that the bigger 4WDs envied. The biggest surprise was using only 61 litres of fuel, having carried twice that amount. My advice is to have a go. Be well prepared and enjoy the beauty, silence and space that the desert offers. R. & C. Kelly, Oxenford Re: ‘Some garages help’, You said it, Oct/Nov. There is a small Caltex Service Station in Coonan Street, Indooroopilly, which also offers full driveway service. This is especially appreciated when children are the in car as there is no need to leave car even to pay. The attendant processes that and brings the receipt out to the car. Servo with service L. Porter, Taringa s a cyclist and a motorist I am aware of the contentious issues that exist between these two groups of road users. Plainly put, there are poor cyclists as well as poor motorists. I would, however, like to take the opportunity to thank all of the considerate motorists out there. On my rounds, I often fi nd that motorists give me ample room as they pass. Some motorists don’t realise that on many roads, infrastructure is poor for cyclists and there is either a badly potholed road shoulder to contend with, or it is non-existent. Cycling for me solves the problem of expensive fuel costs and offers a little relief from the increased cost of living. For the few motorists that I do fi nd beep their horns at me or shout abuse, please be aware that cyclists actually have the right of the road. Out of consideration for motorists though, most cyclists usually keep to the far left as much as possible. I choose to wave at the motorists that behave in a negative manner, so that I can set an example. Bikes, cars coexist A N. Lait, Nambour y daughter recently turned 16 and earned her learner’s driving licence. I’ve been amazed at the number of so called ‘experienced’ drivers who do the wrong thing. No one seems to have a clue about indicating when exiting roundabouts and many mature age drivers insist on tailgating my daughter when she is doing the speed limit and displaying her ‘L’ plates. This is very distracting and threatening for a new driver and is also very dangerous. Maybe there should be more education and a test before experienced drivers renew their licences, as there are some amazingly bad road-users out there. Don’t constantly blame the inexperienced drivers for causing crashes. Some of your more experienced drivers need to exercise some courtesy. K. Robertson, Caboolture West Editor: For writing this edition’s best letter, K. Robertson will receive a book pack, containing three books by Queensland author Colin Hooper, valued at $150. DEC 08/JAN 09 51 Why make it hard for learners? 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 book stores, online at www.desertedtownsatoz.com or by writing to PO Box 5884, Townsville, Qld 4810.
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