The Road Ahead : February March 2009
you said it! ... SHARE YOUR VIEWS ith reference to credit card payment for fuel at the bowser, I don’t know why it is not available here. It was, at one time, because I can recall using the function, though that was most likely when I lived in Sydney. In the US, I think the main idea is to stop fuel theft. You Two swipes W swipe your card before the fuel will deliver. As to the improper use of disabled parking, I once watched a Mercedes sweep into such a spot. The driver got out and limped away. Once in the shopping centre, his limp magically disappeared. I let him know his pitiful deception had been observed. B. Livingstone, Camp Mountain eing a typical male, as usual I left my Christmas shopping until the last moment. I did know that my housemate was desperately in need of a GPS, as she had trouble fi nding her way every time she left the house. My Road Ahead magazine arrived the week before Christmas and contained an excellent article on GPS navigation. After doing some research via Google, I decided to purchase from RACQ’s online shop. I placed my order at 11.30pm Sunday evening, December Shopping service B 21, and it arrived via a rather friendly courier, early Tuesday afternoon, leaving me plenty of time to wrap and place it under the Christmas tree. Impressive service at such a critical time of the year, but more importantly, a well-received gift that has opened new opportunities for a loved one. J. Brown, Heritage Park Protect pedestrians I fi nd pedestrian crossing lights a total joke. The minute the pedestrian lights turn green, you step off the kerb and by the time you get half way across, the lights turn red. A lot of car drivers seem to think that somebody in the middle of the road will just have to stay there. I am in my 70th year but I am a fast walker and I keep up with other pedestrians. I feel sorry for elderly people who are not fast on their feet. Isn’t it about time that something is done about this, give us at least 20 or 30 seconds to get across the road. RACQ, would you possibly be able to contact the relevant government department and get something done about this? T. Fischer, Toowong Peaks and troughs W Jaundiced view A n response to K. Robertson’s letter (Dec/Jan edition) regarding learner drivers, I too have had similar experiences with my learner and I wonder whether some ‘experienced’ drivers deliberately target learners. People will pull out in front, tailgate and overtake where they shouldn’t. We have had some very unnerving experiences, some acts of stupidity and others that were downright dangerous. I can only praise my daughter’s quick thinking on the few occasions she has saved us from having a crash due to the other driver’s negligence. Her question, “Why did they do that?” was always answered, “Maybe they don’t know the road rules.” To other road users, please when you see a learner, back off a little, have some patience and courtesy. We will all get to where we are going eventually and in one piece. I would love to see an educational campaign started to make other motorists ‘Learner Aware’. After all, we have them for speeding, drink driving, seatbelts and fatigue. What do other motorists think? Editor: For writing this edition’s best letter, K. Lynch of 28 FEB/MAR 09 Garmin is not only a global leader in automotive navigation but has a broad product range of GPS devices for fitness, marine and outdoors handheld use. on e ld The Garmin Nuvi 250 features a sleek ultra-slim design with touch screen interface on a bright 3.5 inch diagonal colour display. Turn-by-turn directions with voice guidance will get you where you need to go quickly and easily. For more details on Garmin’s product range visit www.garmin.com.au. K. Lynch, Mount Coolum RACQ stocks the Garmin Nüvi 250 for the special member price of $224 (RRP $249) and also stocks the 255W and 760 models at a reduced price for members. Available at selected RACQ branches and the online shop at racq.com. hen I was taught to drive, it was impressed upon me that the crest of a hill was the most dangerous place and should be approached with caution. Conversely, the bottom of a hill was not considered particularly dangerous. Why, then, are speed traps invariably set up at the bottom of hills and not on crests? M. Matthewman, Toowong 30-second test drive of a second-hand car recently cost me $175. I was given a ticket by police as I left a car yard at Moorooka, because the windscreen had price and model information Experienced drivers could learn something I Mount Coolum will receive a Garmin Nuvi 250, valued at $249.
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