The Road Ahead : April May 2012
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 10 THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2012 IMPROVING THE READ IF YOU ARE this far into the magazine, then hopefully you will have already noticed a change for the better. In response to reader feedback, we have changed the main type font (print), making it a little darker and, hence, easier to read. As always, please let us know what you think by dropping us a line by letter or email (see page 6 for addresses). The improved readability is timely, given the bigger and broader content for your infotainment in this issue. There are more than a dozen features, covering a diversity of topics, places and people. The latter includes our Queensland Interview subject -- Queensland Reds and Wallabies' captain James Horwill -- and RACQ member Bernie Ehmer who, when he's not conducting one of his acclaimed puppet shows, hand-makes the most amazing model cars. Our travel section takes you to the glamorous French Riviera, onto the Sunshine Coast's sumptuous food trail and a drive to South- East Queensland's Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley. We road test two n ew dual cab utes -- Ford's Ranger and Mitsubishi's Triton -- and two of the best small cars on the market, the new Mazda3 and Ford Focus. And that's just the start . . . enjoy the read. Barry Green editor's note COMMUNITY EDITOR'S NOTE + HAVE YOUR SAY 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. PRAISE FOR AEIOU Re the article regarding Dr James Morton and autism (Page 22, Feb/Mar): I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for children with autism. After being diagnosed, my grand- daughter started at the AEIOU Bray Park Centre just after she turned three. She subsequently started mainstream schooling in Prep in 2011 and is doing wonderfully well. It was due to the dedication and patience of the teachers and therapists that she is at this level now. S. CLARKE, D'AIGULAR. SORRY SIGN In response to reader I. Morrison (Saying Sorry Comes in Handy, Feb/Mar): Try this -- lightly smack your forehead with the middle of your right palm, then shrug slightly and look contrite. A driver did this to me after he made a mistake and I knew exactly what the gesture meant. V. GREEN, THE GAP. COURTESY AT NO COST When was the last time you gave someone a wave because they let you merge? When was the last EDITOR'S PICK REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOUR The Queensland Government repeatedly reaffirms its commitment to reducing the road toll. But surely behaviour change is best achieved through reinforcement of good behaviour in conjunction with punishment of bad behaviour? When I received my first fine in more than 15 years, I learned that in Queensland a ticket for a first offence cannot be converted to a warning, as in some other states. I do not condone dangerous driving; however, I was appalled that my perfect driving record counted for nothing. In spite of the revenue raised from fines, the number of road fatalities is increasing. We could acknowledge good behaviour by allowing first offences, if minor, to be converted to warnings and by rewarding drivers who do not lose points. DR H. PURKIS, CARINDALE. EDITOR: For writing this edition's best letter, H. Purkis, of Carindale, will receive an RACQ Safe Driving Pack. The pack comprises an RACQ-branded national road atlas listing all major road networks, detailed maps of state capitals and arterial roadways across Australia (RRP $36.95; member price $28.50); a 750 ml RACQ-branded Zenki stainless steel water bottle (RRP $23.95, member price $18.95); a 4WD first aid kit (RRP $119; member price $107.10) and a model car featuring RACQ's road service livery from the 1960s (RRP $39.95, member price $34.95). Total prize pack value $219.85. To check out these great products and more, visit www.racq.com.au/shop. time, as a pedestrian, you gave a driver a wave when they stopped for you at a crossing? I was in Canada a few years ago. What a difference in attitude. Twice I saw drivers doing u-turns in the middle of Montreal. The traffic stopped to let them. Even children acknowledged drivers who stopped to let them cross at zebra crossings. And they say Aussies and Canadians are alike! A. ARMSTRONG, CAPALABA.
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