The Road Ahead : December January 2008
YOU SAID IT! Share your views with us EMAIL: ROADAHEAD@RACQ.COM.AU. FAX: 3257 1863. MAIL: THE ROAD AHEAD, P. O. BOX 4, SPRINGWOOD, QLD 4127. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. LETTERS TO 'YOU SAID IT' WILL NOT RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL REPLY. Music to my ears As we all know, a tired driver is as dangerous as a drunk driver. My technique, which I've practised for years, is to have zero alcohol (I drink water with a dash of lime) and to eat some dried fruit while driving home. However, my most impor tant tip is to 'sing, drive and stay alive'. Singing gets extra oxygen to the brain, helping to make you aler t. If you're too tired to sing, you need to stop and revive. B. Strelnikoff, Mareeba Appreciate magazine Igreatly appreciate the always evolving layout of The Road Ahead, and the depth and quality of the useful hints and information, especially on Queensland tourism. As always, well done. D. Hall, Southport Prams nothing special Ifeel compelled to respond to A. Woodall's letter regarding parking spots for parents with prams. Why do these parking spaces even exist? Granted, there are people out there who somehow have to be parents AND do the grocer y shopping -- at the same time! But does this warrant special consideration in the car park? Why single out parents at all? Why not designate areas for 'people with heavy bags', or 'people late for an appointment'? Once all the lobby groups have claimed their bays, where We told the police We recently had a major road incident at Rochedale, when a merging semi-trailer driver decided to push his way into our lane. His huge wheels were level with my wife's head. I couldn't stop or speed up, as we were between other cars. He wiped out the passenger side and bumper bars of our car. We got the truck's rego number before the next set of lights but it did not stop. We went to Mt Gravatt police station, where we waited about half an hour while one officer at the desk was attending to two ladies. Eventually, he came over to see what we wanted. After relaying the information to him, he said: "Just go home and make a nice hot cup of tea, then phone the local police." This we did -- about five times without reply. J. Mackenzie, Rochedale Editor: For writing this edition's best letter, J. Mackenzie will receive a copy of the Beacon to Beacon Director y and a Charge2Go unit. Beacon to Beacon is the ultimate guide to Queensland's water ways and is available at the special member price of $29.95 ($34.95 non members). Per fect for travelling, Charge2Go is the take-anywhere mobile recharger that operates on one AA batter y (member price $25.45, RRP $29.95). Both are available from most RACQ stores and the online store at racq.com. will the 'normal' people park? Being a parent is not a disease. Perhaps we should be thankful for what we have, rather than looking for something to whinge about. G. Caswell, Sunshine Coast Change light sequence For years I have advocated a modification to our traffic light system. In China, this suggestion is in place in a city of 10 million. The traffic lights have a sequence of green, blink/blink/ blink (2 seconds), yellow (2 seconds), then red. This system gives adequate warning to either stop or continue, depending on your position on the first blink. This could reduce the incidence of people running red lights. C. Clift, Toowoomba Get rid of cars Irefer to your feature ar ticle 'Road funds needed' in the October/November edition. We don't need more roads, we need fewer cars. Cars probably are the cause of more pollution and more energy wastage than any other aspect of our lives. R. Ryan, Atherton Care about course Thanks for slotting me into your recent RACQ car care course. The level of experience your instructors have is nothing 18 DEC 07/JAN 08 95 non-members).
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